CHAMPS! Men’s Indoor Wins Eighth Straight America East Title
BOSTON, Mass. – With a conference record 231.50 points, the
University at Albany ran away with its eighth straight America East men’s
indoor track and field title Tuesday at the Reggie Lewis Center. In addition,
the championship tied a conference record for total indoor titles, 10, done in
the fastest amount of time for a member school – 11 years.
In addition to winning six event titles, the Great Danes
captured the Most Outstanding Field Performer, the top-scoring track athlete, and the Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Alexander Bowen, the Most Outstanding Field Performer,
highlighted the meet with an America East record 7’ 3.25” leap in the high
Senior Jonathan Santana also earned meet honors, earning 28 points for his team. With a 48.60 time,
Santana placed first in the 400m dash, followed by teammates Alex Petit-Frere
(48.82) and Taariq Jones (48.94) in the top three slots.
Santana also piloted the Great Danes in the 200m dash,
finishing second with an IC4A qualifying time of 22.11. In the UAlbany-heavy
field, six of the top seven finishers donned purple.
Lastly, Santana anchored the 4x400m relay team to a
first-place 3:17.41 mark. Petit-Frere, Charles Karam, and Ryan Small ran the
first three legs of the winning performance.
Karam also earned eight points for the Great Danes in the
500m dash, placing second with a time of 1:05.82. Andrew Pirnie finished second
in the 800m with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:53.84, while John DeLallo
captured the 1,000m title with a 2:27.64 mark. In addition, DeLallo placed
fourth in the mile, meeting IC4A standards (4:14.89).
In the 3,000m run, sophomore Christopher Buchanan was the
runner-up in a time of 8:26.35.
After winning the pole vault title on Monday, Alfonso
Scannapieco captured the heptathlon crown with a total of 5,124 points,
qualifying for IC4As. Teammate Sean Cooper placed second with 4,843 points,
while Nick Mattera took fourth, earning 4,692 points.
With the sweeping of both the men’s and women’s indoor
titles Tuesday, the UAlbany athletic department has now won 61 conference
championships at the Division I level. The championships also mark the first in
the era of new University President Dr. Robert Jones.
1) Albany - 231.50
2) Binghamton - 134.50
3) UMBC - 130
4) Maine - 126
5) New Hampshire - 74.50
6) Vermont - 43.50
7) Stony Brook - 33
8) Hartford - 6