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Track & Field Sets Four School Records At Columbia Challenge

UAlbany Sports Information   01-28-2018

Meet: Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge

Location: The Armory in New York City

Athletes of the Meet: Stephanie Osuji, Dayleen Santana Rodriguez, Sidney Gibbons, Tara Belinsky, Devon Willis

Women's Scores: 1. Oregon (129), 2. UCLA (57.5), 3. Ohio State (56), 4. South Carolina (46), 5. BYU (45), 6. Duke (42), 7. Missouri (38), 8. Wisconsin (36), 9. Harvard (32), 10. Penn (31.5), 11. Villanova (24), 12. UAlbany (22), 13. St. John's (17), 14. Columbia (15), 16. Georgetown (9), 17. Syracuse (8)

Men's Scores: 1. Oregon (132), 2. Ohio State (81), 3. BYU (65), 4. South Carolina (44), t-5. UAlbany (34), t-5. Penn (34), 7. UCLA (32), 8. Wisconsin (29.5), 9. Rutgers (21.5), 10. Villanova (21), 11. Duke (19.5), 12. Connecticut (19), t-13. Columbia (17), t-13. Missouri (17), 15. Georgetown (14), 16. Manhattan (3.5)

Short Story: Competing against some of the toughest schools in the nation at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge, UAlbany track & field set school records in four events in the program’s first visit to the Armory in three years.

How it happened

  • Letti Hibbard placed fourth in the women’s pentathlon scoring 3,188 points; Naomi Rowe placed seventh scoring 2,966 points
  • Jake Coveney placed fifth in the men’s heptathlon scoring 4,377 points; Jesse Mattera placed sixth scoring 4,100 points, and Adam Bush placed seventh scoring 4,053 points
  • Dayleen Santana Rodriguez qualified fifth in the trials of the women’s 60m in 7.45, breaking her own school record of 7.50 set two weeks ago; Stephanie Osuji qualified eighth in 7.54
  • Santana Rodriguez placed fourth overall in the 60m in 7.42, lowering her own record, and edging fifth place, Lauren Rain Williams from Oregon, by two one-thousandths of a second; Osuji placed eighth in 7.57
  • Santana Rodriguez's time sets a new Puerto Rico national indoor record, surpassing the previous mark of 7.44 set in 2007 by Carol Rodriguez
  • Sidney Gibbons qualified second in the trials of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.86, breaking the school record of 7.96 set in 2009 by Jean Juste and matched two weeks ago by Gibbons
  • Gibbons placed second overall in the hurdles in 7.82, lowering his own record set in the trials
  • The women’s distance medley relay of Águeda Muñoz Marqués (3:34.43), Halie Snyder (58.03), Tiguida Toure (2:16.64), and Hannah Reinhardt (4:59.22) placed sixth in 11:48.31
  • Harmodio Cruz III placed eighth in the men’s 400m in 48.74
  • Osuji placed sixth in the women’s 200m in 24.03, breaking her own school record of 24.10 set last year
  • Osiris Nicholson placed eighth in the men’s 200m in 21.96
  • The men’s 4x400m relay of Cruz III (49.26), Jordan Lawrence (50.33), Walter Briggs (49.47), and Gibbons (50.37) finished seventh in 3:19.42
  • Tara Belinsky placed seventh in the women’s shot put in 48-11.00, a personal best by more than two feet, and a new indoor and overall school record, surpassing the previous indoor mark of 47-05.50 set in 2004 by Joy Williams, as well as the outdoor school record of 48-01.25 set in 2015 by Janice Johnson
  • Kingsley Ogbonna placed fifth in the men’s high jump, clearing 6-11.50, tying the heights cleared by second place Tye Williams from South Carolina, third place Rivers Ridout from Duke, and fourth place Ben Milligan from Oregon
  • Devon Willis placed fourth in the men’s triple jump in 50-08.00
  • UAlbany alumnus Alexander Bowen, competing for CPTC New Balance, won the men’s high jump in 7-01.00

Next: UAlbany will visit Boston for the first time since the Boston University Season Opener on December 2 to compete at Harvard’s Crimson Elite Invitational and BU’s Scarlet & White Meet, running in tandem.

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