CHAMPS! Women’s Track And Field Wins Fifth Straight America East Outdoor Title
VESTAL, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s and women’s track and field programs swept the America East Outdoor Championship hardware for the fifth straight season Sunday afternoon at Binghamton University. The women’s first-place finish was 109 points better than their nearest opponent, totaling a conference-record 245 points in the title meet. The men were also dominant, accruing 230.5 points, which was 54 points better than second-place UMBC.
In 2012-13, UAlbany took home all four America East track and field titles, sweeping the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor championships. The women’s team has now won seven outdoor titles since 2006, including five consecutive victories.
Junior Ashley Grant and Tynelle Taylor-Chase, and seniors Alli Rogers and Pat McNish all captured individual titles, while the Great Danes swept the relay golds in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800.
Rogers placed first in the 400m dash, running a program-record and NCAA East Regional time of 53.92. The senior also placed second in the 200m dash with another PR mark of 24.24, as well as running the third leg of UAlbany’s winning 4x100m relay performance and the anchor leg of the title-claiming 4x400m relay team.
The 4x100m squad consisting of freshman Ashlee Maduro, junior Jillian Haynes, Rogers, and freshman Kahlia Taylor edged out UMBC with their ECAC-qualifying 46.34 run. Likewise, the 4x400m team with freshman Aderinsola Ajala, senior Sherez Mohamed, Taylor-Chase, and Rogers beat out the Retrievers for 10 points with an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:43.18.
UAlbany’s 4x800m relay team of juniors Jonelle White, Brianne Bellon, Mackenzie Carter, and Kathryn Fanning overcame the rest of the field by nearly eight seconds, running a 9:00.89 title-winning and ECAC-qualifying mark.
In addition to her relay contributions, Taylor-Chase earned gold in the 100m hurdles, sprinting a time of 14.44. She also placed first in the 400m hurdles with an NCAA East Regional mark of 59.32. Teammate Aderinsola Ajala took second, also qualifying for ECACs, as well as, USA Junior Nationals with her 1:00.47 run.
McNish, the reigning triple and long jump champion, defended her titles and became the third repeat champion since 2008. Winning a pair of golds, the Great Neck, N.Y. native leapt 19’ 2” in the long jump and a season-best 40’ 7.75” in the triple jump – an NCAA East Regional mark.
Also in the field, Grant placed first in a close high jump competition, topping Ashley AuPont of Binghamton in a jump off for first place. Grant cleared 5’ 6.5” to win the title.
Other highlights included Haynes (11.93) and Taylor’s (12.14) second and third place finishes in the 100m dash finals, respectively. Haynes’ mark qualified her for ECACs. The junior also placed third in the 200m dash with an ECAC-qualifying time of 24.30, while Taylor (25.01) followed closely behind, placing fourth.
Mohamed earned eight points for the Great Danes, as she placed second in the 800m run with the second-best time in school history and ECAC-qualifying mark (2:09.01), while Fanning earned five points with a fourth-place 1500m finish (4:30.63).
Junior Brittney Lane came in second in the 5000m run, recording a time of 17:03.48, and junior Silvia Del Fava placed third in the 1000m run with the second-best time in school history (36:50.31). Both performances qualified for ECACs.
In the field, sophomores Janice Johnson (42’ 10.25”) and Samantha Kosa (42’ 8.25”) placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Freshman Lauren Lopano (132’) came in third in the discus throw, while sophomore Valeisha Walker placed second in the javelin throw with an ECAC-qualifying 136’ 3” hurl.
Up next, UAlbany will compete at the IC4A/ECAC Championships hosted by Princeton University, May 10-12.
Team Rankings – 22 Events Scored
1) Albany 245
2) Binghamton 136
3) Vermont 109.5
4) UMBC 108
5) New Hampshire 105.5
6) Maine 84
7) Stony Brook 36
8) Hartford 34
31 America East Championships, 3 IC4A Championships
▪ Men’s Cross Country: 2011
▪ Men's Indoor: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09*, 2009-10*, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
▪ Women's Indoor: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
▪ Men's Outdoor: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
▪ Women's Outdoor: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
*won both AEast and IC4A titles