Men’s Track Wins 10th Consecutive Outdoor Title
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University at Albany men’s outdoor track program successfully defended their indoor and outdoor titles at the America East Outdoor Championships on Sunday, and extended their streak of consecutive outdoor titles to 10. The men scored 208 points to claim the team title, comfortably distancing themselves from runner-up UMBC, who scored 165. Binghamton finished third with 124 points. The men concluded the first day of competition leading the team standing with 63 points.
Three field events were contested on the second day of competition, with the others having been completed on the first day. Abel Gilet placed third in the discus, with a mark of 155’-1”. Simon Cleary was eighth, throwing 144’-1”. Gilet was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 48’-4.5”. Christopher Stephenson placed fourth in the triple jump, recording a mark of 47’-5”.
The track events began with the running of the 4x100 relay. The team of Robert Harris III, Jaymen Teemer, Winston McCormack Jr., and Kareem Morris claimed victory with a time of 41.05. Dylan Lowry then placed fourth in the 1,500, finishing in 3:57.52.
The men swept the top three places in the 400. Defending indoor and outdoor champion Taariq Jones won the event in 48.16. Fellow sophomore Jason Tomlinson was second in 48.66. Former champion Jonathan Santana finished third in 48.91.
In the 110 hurdles, Matthew Catera, doubling up from the decathlon, placed fourth with a time of 14.78. Rudje Beckford immediately followed Catera in fifth, finishing in 14.95. John DeLallo placed third in the 800 in 1:51.51.
The Danes scored four athletes in the 100. Morris placed second in 10.67. Harris III was third in 10.70. Teemer was seventh in 10.89. McCormack Jr. was eighth in 10.96. All four athletes ran on the victorious 4x100 relay. UAlbany finished second and third in the 400 hurdles. Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong was second in 52.84, and Larry Ramirez followed in third in 53.38.
Like the 100, UAlbany scored four athletes in the 200. The same group as the 100 placed third through sixth in the finals. Morris led the way in third in 21.38. Teemer was fourth in 21.66. Harris III was fifth in 21.86. And McCormack Jr. was sixth in 22.06.
Catera won the decathlon, scoring 6,573 points. Along the way, he won the 100 in 11.18, was second in the long jump in 20’-7”, fourth in the shot put in 38’-2.25”, fourth in the high jump in 5’-10”, and first in the 400 in 51.26. On the second day, Catera was first in the 110 hurdles in 14.87, third in the discus in 110’-4”, second in the pole vault in 14’-7.25”, fourth in the javelin in 135’-3”, and fifth in the 1,500 in 5:01.45. Donald DiBari finished seventh overall, scoring 5,361 points, and Stefan Buechele was eighth with 5,176 points.
In the relays, the 4x800 team of Daryl Subran, Raymond Farinella, Lowry, and DeLallo placed fourth in 7:41.04. The 4x400 team of Obeng-Agyapong, Ramirez, Tomlinson, and Jones concluded the meet with a victory, finishing in 3:16.23.
The men enjoy their 10th consecutive championship alongside the women’s team, who won their sixth straight, scoring 196 points. Next on the schedule for UAlbany is the third and final home meet of the year, the UAlbany Last Chance meet, on Saturday, May 10. A week later, the team will head to Princeton University to compete at IC4A Championships, without the seniors, who will be attending their commencement ceremony.