Indoor Track And Field Eyes More Hardware At IC4A/ECAC Championships
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Coming off two America East Conference titles, the UAlbany men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams look to garner more honors when they compete at the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Boston University March 1-3.
“We are excited about the IC4A and ECAC Championships this weekend,” said Head Coach Roberto Vives. “Our student-athletes have worked hard and are prepared for a great meet.”
The Great Danes look to build on both their past and recent success, having previously won three IC4A titles in addition to 28 track and field conference championships. At last year’s ECAC Championship, the women placed 23rd in a 37-team field, while the men placed 37th out 47 teams. With the strength of this season’s roster, displayed in the dominating America East performance, the Great Danes are fully capable of single-digit finishes this weekend.
ABOUT THE ICAAAA/ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: Friday-Saturday, March 1-3
Where: Boston, Mass. – Boston University
IC4A Start Times: Friday at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday at 10:00 a.m.; Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
ECAC Start Times: Friday at 4:15 p.m.; Saturday at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
LAST TIME OUT: MILLROSE RECORDS
Most recently, UAlbany had four relay teams participate in the 106th Millrose Games at the NYC Armory Feb. 16th. Both men’s and women’s 4x200m relay squads shattered the program and meet records. The women's team consisting of Jillian Haynes (24.7), Annie Johnson (24.7), Kahlia Taylor (25.0), and Alli Rogers (24.5) ran a 1:39.05 mark, while the men boasted a new best of 1:27.70 with Donald Williams (21.9), Taariq Jones (22.3), Winston McCormack (21.6), and Jonathan Santana (21.8) running the legs. The women's distance medley relay team with Brianne Bellon (3:34.9 1200m), Tynelle Taylor-Chase (57.1 400m), Sherez Mohamed (2:12.9 800m), and Kathryn Fanning (4:49.1 1600m) also set a new school record, finishing in 11:34.18, as they placed third overall and first at the college level.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AHEAD
The ECAC and IC4A Championships will mark the final meet of the 2012-13 indoor season for a majority of the athletes, however those who prove to be elite will continue on to the NCAA Division I Championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 8-9. Pat McNish and Alexander Bowen are two UAlbany athletes who are on the cusp of qualifying for a national title. The NCAA will release their list of qualifiers early next week.
▪ Pat McNish ranks 20th in the nation after recording a long jump mark of 20’ 4.5" at the Cornell Denault Invitational (2/16). UAlbany’s program record holder, McNish won the long jump title for a second straight year at the America East Conference Championship with a bound of 19’ 9”, helping the Great Danes to their third conference title in four years with a recording-breaking 233.50 points. McNish also recorded the conference’s top performance in the triple jump, leaping 40' 4.75" at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (2/1). McNish won the long jump title in four-of-five meets this season, and the triple jump title two out of three times she competed in the event.
▪ Alexander Bowen ranks 14th at the NCAA Division I level after shattering the America East and program high jump record with a leap of 7’ 3.25”. Bowen was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the America East Championship, leading UAlbany to its eighth straight America East Conference title with a record-breaking 231.50 points. Bowen is the first athlete at the University at Albany to ever clear the seven foot mark, doing so in each of the last four meets.
UALBANY QUICK HITS
▪ The Great Danes swept the America East’s men’s and women’s indoor championship titles on Feb. 12th.
▪ Both teams broke the conference record for points scored. The men earned 231.50 points and the women 233.50.
▪ The UAlbany athletic department has now won 61 conference championships at the Division I level, including 28 by the track and field program.
▪ Most recently, both the men’s and women’s 4x200m relay squads shattered the program and meet records at the 106th Millrose Games (2/16).
▪ 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”.
UAlbany Track & Field's 28 AEast Championships, 3 IC4A Championships
▪ 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
▪ Women's Outdoor: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
*won both AEast and IC4A titles