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Adeyeye Breaks Pentathlon Record On Day IC4A/ECAC Day One

UAlbany Sports Information   03-03-2017

BOSTON – For the second consecutive weekend, the University at Albany track & field program visited Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.  Last week, the Great Danes won their fifth consecutive men’s and women’s America East indoor championships, with the men winning their 12th straight and the women winning their fifth straight.  This week, the team returns to compete in IC4A and ECAC Indoor Championships.

The only events competing on Friday were the men’s heptathlon and the women’s pentathlon.  UAlbany had two student-athletes each competing in the events.  Mary Adeyeye and Letti Hibbard competed in the pentathlon and Stefan Buechele and Jake Coveney competed in the heptathlon.

The pentathlon started first, with the 60m hurdles.  Adeyeye, who placed third in the pentathlon at last weekend’s conference championships, crossed the line in sixth place in the first event this weekend in 9.15.  Hibbard, who placed fourth last weekend, finished 12th in 9.69.  In the second event, the high jump, Hibbard cleared 5-03.75 to tie for third, and Adeyeye cleared 5-01.25 to tie for eighth.  Adeyeye won the next event, the shot put, in 41-00.50.  Hibbard placed eighth in 32-03.50.  Adeyeye placed seventh in the long jump in 17-02.00, and Hibbard placed 11th in 16-02.25.  In the pentathlon’s final event, the 800m, Adeyeye placed fifth in a personal-best 2:26.82, and Hibbard placed 14th in 2:40.27.  After all five events had been tallied, Adeyeye placed fourth overall with a personal-best 3,619 points, and Hibbard placed 13th with 3,159 points.  Adeyeye’s total is also a new indoor school record, surpassing the previous record of 3,594 set in 2007 by Kamilah McShine.

Buechele won the heptathlon at last week’s conference championships, and Coveney placed eighth.  Buechele took fifth in the 60m in 7.24, and Coveney placed 11th in 7.41.  Buechele placed eighth in the long jump, recording a mark of 21-08.75.  Coveney took 11th in 21-03.75.  Buechele placed 14th in the shot put in 31-05.75, and Coveney followed immediately in 15th in 31-01.75.  In the final event of the day, the high jump, Coveney tied for fifth, clearing 6-00.00, and Buechele placed 12th, clearing 5-09.75.  After the first four events, Buechele scored 2,587 points to rank 12th, and Coveney scored 2,543 to rank 14th.

The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow starting at 9:00 a.m. with its final three events, the 60m hurdles, the pole vault, and the 1,000m.  The rest of the meet will also begin Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s 60m hurdles, men’s long jump and men’s weight throw.  Women’s events will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the 60m hurdles.

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