Four Indoor Relay Teams Set To Compete At 106th Millrose Games Saturday


Photo: Jonathan Santana (left), Alli Rogers (right).

ALBANY, N.Y. – Coming off two America East Conference championships, The University at Albany indoor track and field program will send four relay teams to New York City Saturday for the 106th Millrose Games. In addition, UAlbany field athletes Pat McNish and Alfonso Scannapieco will compete at the Cornell Deneault Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y.

ABOUT THE MILLROSE GAMES
The Millrose Games is the world's most famous indoor track & field meet with high profile high school, collegiate and elite athletes. Among the 106th Millrose Games’ commitments include London Olympic gold medalists Jenn Suhr and Brittney Reese who will showcase their extraordinary talents in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. In addition, eight-time Wanamaker Mile champion and holder of seven American records Bernard Lagat will go after the American two-mile mark. Also in the two-mile will be Collegiate 5,000-meter record holder and former NCAA Cross Country champion Lawi Lalang, two-time 2012 NCAA champion and Olympic finalist Cam Levins. Olympians Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds will attempt to surpass a 26-year old American record in the 600 meters. There are 40 London Olympians expected to compete this year. For more information, click here.

CATCH THE ACTION
The 106th Millrose Games — Feb. 16 at The Armory — will be the second stop of USA Track & Field's nationally televised 2013 Indoor USATF Championship series. The Games will be delivered live on ESPN3 on Feb. 16 and shown at 8-10 pm Feb. 17 on ESPN.

UALBANY’S COMPETING ATHLETES
3:30pm - Distance Medley Relay: Brianne Bellon (1200m), Tynelle Taylor-Chase (400m), Sherez Mohamed (800m), Kathryn Fanning (1600m)
5:15pm - 4 x 200 meter relay: Jillian Haynes, Annie Johnson, Kaylia Taylor, Allison Rogers
5:52pm - 4 x 200 meter relay: Donald Williams Jr., Taariq Jones, Winston McCormack, Jonathan Santana
7:50pm - 4 x 800 meter relay: John DeLallo, Daryl Subran, Chris Buchanan, Dylan Lowry

ABOUT THE CORNELL DENEAULT INVITATIONAL
The Deneault Invitational, held at Barton Hall, begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs through the early evening. Nineteen different schools will have athletes competing along with six club teams. Included in the competition will be UAlbany, Buffalo, Cortland, Ithaca College, Siena and St. Lawrence, as well as 13 other schools.

UALBANY’S ENTRIES
Long Jump: Pat McNish
Pole Vault: Alfonso Scannapieco

UALBANY QUICK HITS
▪ The Great Danes swept the America East’s men’s and women’s indoor championship titles Tuesday.
▪ Both teams broke the conference record for points scored. The men earned 231.50 points and the women 233.50.
▪ The men tied a conference record for total indoor titles, 10, done in the fastest amount of time for a member school – 11 years.
▪ The men have won eight straight America East indoor titles.
▪ Alexander Bowen, the Most Outstanding Field Performer, highlighted the meet with an America East record 7’ 3.25” leap in the high jump.
▪ 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, finished second in the 200m (22.11), and anchored the winning 4x400m relay team (3:17.41).
▪ The men’s side won the America East Coaching Staff of the Year honor.
John DeLallo captured the 1,000m title with a 2:27.64 mark.
Alfonso Scannapieco captured the heptathlon crown with a total of 5,124 points, as well as the pole vault title, clearing 16’ 2.75”.
▪ The women captured their third AEast indoor championship in four years.
▪ Winning eight individual titles as a team, junior Kathryn Fanning led the squad with triumphs in the 1,000m (2:50.36) and mile run (4:46.64).
▪ Senior Pat McNish won the long jump title for a second straight year with a bound of 19’ 9”
▪ The women's distance medley relay team smoked its conference competitors, winning by over a 10 second margin. The squad consisting of Brianne Bellon, Sherez Mohamed, Jonelle White, and Miranda McConnell earned 10 points for the Danes with their ECAC qualifying time of 11:47.23.
▪ Senior Alli Rogers captured the 400m dash title with a mark of 55.34.
▪ Sophomore Michelle Anthony placed first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.72.
▪ On the field side, Rochelle Reid’s 5’ 7” leap in the high jump earned the title for the junior.
▪ Freshman Solene Bastien captured the triple jump title with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 39’ 4”.
▪ The UAlbany athletic department has now won 61 conference championships at the Division I level, including 28 by the track and field program.

UP NEXT
UAlbany competes at the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Boston University, March 1-3. The Great Danes have won three IC4A titles in the past.