Men Fifth, Women 10th At IC4A, ECAC Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. – The University at Albany track & field program visited Princeton University for IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Championships over the weekend. For the first time, the final day of the meets did not conflict with commencement, meaning the seniors on the roster would not have to choose between competing in finals and attending graduation. Inclement weather forced a significant change in the meet schedule, but despite the alteration the men and women each earned top-10 team finishes.
The Great Danes competed in four of seven events contested on Friday. The lone field event of the day was the women's discus, where Amiynah Campbell placed 25th with a mark of 124-05.00.
The remaining three events were distance events on the track. Ryan Udvadia placed fifth in the men's 5,000m in 14:17.15, which is an outdoor personal best, breaking his own outdoor school record set two weeks ago at the Penn Relays.
In the women's 10,000m, Jessica Donohue placed ninth in 35:52.14, and Alyssa Drapeau placed 10th in 36:14.76. Both times are season bests. Kyle Gronostaj placed second in the men's 10,000m in 30:09.84, a personal best by more than 25 seconds, and breaks the previous school record of 30:15.16 set in 2005 by Andy Allstadt.
After the first day, the men were in second place in the team standings with 12 points, one point behind overall leader Columbia, and two points ahead of a three-way tie for third between Maryland-Eastern Shore, Yale, and UMass Lowell.
Inclement weather in the forecast on Saturday significantly altered the meet schedule. All but three events were cancelled, and would be made up as timed finals on Sunday. The men's and women's hammer throws and the men's pole vault would compete as scheduled on Saturday, but the pole vault was moved to Princeton's indoor facility.
The Great Danes had just one student-athletes compete on Saturday. In the women's hammer, Chinwe Igwe placed 10th overall with a mark of 172-04.00.
The events on the final day of competition began at 9:30 a.m. The women's 4x100m relay team of Halie Snyder, Chanel Smith, Stephanie Osuji, and Taahira Butterfield placed third overall in 45.92, one-hundredth of a second behind second-place Cornell.
Schuyler Pruyn placed 16th in the women's 1,500m in 4:33.55.
The Great Danes fielded three competitors in the women's 100m hurdles. Chibugo Ike placed 24th in 14.84. Nichole Anderson placed 25th in 14.94. Niamani Morrison placed 32nd in 15.17. In the men's 110m hurdles, Sidney Gibbons placed fifth in 14.46.
Butterfield returned to place seventh in the women's 100m in 12.07. Osiris Nicholson placed 28th in the men's 100m in 11.11
Tiguida Toure placed 25th in the women's 800m in 2:16.05. Snyder placed ninth in the women's 400m hurdles in 1:01.16.
Osuji won the women's 200m in 24.01, edging second place Adrian Jones from Cornell by one-hundredth of a second. Elliott Everett placed 28th in 22.77.
Hannah Reinhardt placed 10th in the women's 3,000m in 10:10.03.
The team of Kirsten Kaminski (2:16.07), Nira Lovick (2:14.83), Toure (2:15.23), and Mary Adeyeye (2:25.28) placed 11th in the women's 4x800m relay with a time of 9:11.40. The men's 4x800m relay team of Evan DeGraw, Joe Somerville, Austin Sperl, and Jake Johnson placed second in 7:36.44.
In Sunday's field events, Mande Semon placed fourth in the men's long jump in 23-11.50. Anika Hibbard placed second in the women's high jump, clearing 5-08.50. Victoria Stoffel placed 10th, clearing 5-06.00. Tara Belinsky placed eighth in the women's shot put with a mark of 44-05.25. Finally, in the men's triple jump, Jordan Crump-King placed first overall n 51-03.50, and Omahri Sturdivant placed 14th in 47-00.75.
After all events had concluded and points calculated, the women placed 10th in the team standing with 27 points, and the men placed fifth with 40 points.
Next, those who have qualified will continue on to the NCAA East Preliminary Championships, which will take place at the University of Kentucky starting on Thursday, May 25.