Morris Leads Indoor Track Awards

America East Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a logistical delay in calculating the final scores of the America East Indoor Championships, the conference offices finally announced the Individual Indoor Track & Field Awards for the 2014 season.  Six of the nine America East member institutions, including the University at Albany, were represented in the awards, which encompassed outstanding track, outstanding field, outstanding rookie, coaches’ award, and coaching staff for men’s and women’s squads.  Awards were earned for performances at the conference championship.

Senior Kareem Morris earned the Men’s Coaches’ Award, which recognizes the athlete who scores the most points at the championship meet.  Competing in three events, the 60, 200, and long jump, Morris tallied 23 points on the weekend.  He placed first in the 60 in 6.91, second in the 200 in 21.80, and fifth in the long jump, with a mark of 22’-8.5”.

Fellow senior Alfonso Scannapieco won Most Outstanding Men’s Field Performer.  Scannapieco claimed victory in the pole vault, his signature event, with a jump of 17’-0.75”, to lead a UAlbany sweep of the top two places.  He placed second in the long jump with a mark of 23’-1.25”.  Finally, Scannapieco placed eighth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.63.  Across his three events, Scannapieco scored 19 points for UAlbany.

Finally, the UAlbany coaching staff was recognized by winning both the Men’s and the Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year Awards.  The women’s award was won outright, while the men’s award was shared with the Binghamton staff.

The Women’s Coaches’ Award was granted to UMass Lowell’s Elisabeth Monty and Vermont’s Yolanda Ngarambe.  UMBC’s Mercedes Jackson took home the Women’s Most Outstanding Track Award.  Binghamton’s Jesse Garn Most Outstanding Track for the men.  Vermont’s Brittany St. Clair won the Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.  And the Outstanding Rookie awards went to New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrior for the women and Binghamton’s Jon Alkins for the men.

The UAlbany men won their ninth consecutive America East Indoor Championship, defeating runner-up Binghamton 219-140.5.  Maine was third for the men, scoring 115.5 points.  The women won their second straight title, defeating Binghamton 198-126.  Vermont placed third for the women with 108 points.