BOSTON – Following the team’s second weekend of competition for the outdoor season, the University at Albany track & field program took home three of four America East Performer of the Week awards, the conference offices announced Wednesday. Tyler Ranke and Matthew Campbell swept the men’s awards for track and field, respectively, and Stephanie Osuji was named for women’s track. The trio was joined by women’s field performer Kelechi Nwanaga from UMBC.
Campbell, a high jumper from Spanish Town, Jamaica, highlighted the Great Danes’ weekend, which was split across three meets. Campbell, whose last meet was the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10, 2017, won the invitational section of the men’s high jump at the Pepsi Florida Relays. His winning height of 7-05.00 was a personal best by two and a half inches, and a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of 7-03.25 set in 2013 by former teammate Alexander Bowen. The mark also ranks as best in the country this season. Campbell is the second UAlbany student-athlete, after Bowen’s 2013 jump, to lead the country in a championship-contested event.
Osuji, a sprinter from Rosedale, N.Y., placed eighth in the invitational section of the women’s 200m at the Florida Relays. Her time of 23.59 set a new outdoor school record, breaking her own mark of 23.75 set last year. Her latest performance also surpasses the fastest-ever outdoor 200m in school history, a wind-aided 23.68 set in 2016 by Grace Claxton. Osuji also placed 11th in the College division of the women’s 100m in 11.75, led off the 4x100m relay that placed 12th in the College division in 45.32, and ran second on the 4x200m relay that finished 16th in the College division in 1:38.39.
Ranke, a distance runner from Rochester, N.Y., placed 14th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in 9:04.35. The mark, which ranks first in the America East so far this season, is a personal best by nearly three seconds. Ranke was running the event for just the second time since May, 2015.
UAlbany will enjoy a weekend off before splitting up next week for the UTECH Classic in Jamaica and the Northeast Challenge at the University of Connecticut.