Track & Field Opens in Boston
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany track & field program begins its 2019-20 indoor season with its first live competition at Harvard this weekend for the Crimson Opener and at Boston University for the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener.
Harvard Crimson Opener, Saturday, December 7, 12:30 p.m.
Boston University Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener, Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m.
Harvard Entries (W/M)
60m: Coleman, Lacy, Lowe, Magassouba, Matthew, Santana / Casab, Gutierrez Almedina, Hermance, Napier, Williams
300m: Brown, Coleman, Lowe, Matthew, Santana / Banfield, Bush, Casab, Cruz III, Duffield, Hermance, Sturdivant, Williams
600m: Owens / X
60m HH: Bailey, Hyde, Jinks, Payne, Reid, Robinson, Rowe / Bush, Duffield
4x400m: Brown, Jinks, Lacy, Owens, Robinson / Banfield, Cruz III, Duffield, Gutierrez Almedina, Hermance, Napier
HJ: Mercado, Muamba, Payne, Wilson / X
PV: Martinez / Heatley
LJ: Brundige, Foster, Hyde, Onah, Payne, Reid, Rowe / Blue, Edwards, McFadden, Sturdivant
SP: Cooke, Galette-Rowe, Gbadamosi, Hyde, Scott / Reid
WT: Bigsby, Galette-Rowe, Gbadamosi / Nicholson
BU Entries (W/M)
800m: Grady / Parchment
1000m: Quarshire, Butterfield, Rutt, Coddington, Nolan, Keown / JeanPierre, Somerville, Johnson, Beltran(A), Athanailos, Beltran(F)
5000m: Reinhardt, Iocca, Guilfoyle, Planavsky, Brogan, Chambers / Ragone, Perillo, Ramdani
4x400: Grady, Quarshire, Rutt, Butterfield / Athanailos, Beltran (A), Beltran (F), JeanPierre
3000m: X / Menis, Garcia
Leading the Pack
- Both the men and the women are defending America East Indoor Champions
- The men won their 13th-straight indoor title last season, scoring 178.5 points, and winning four events
- The men return two of four event champions, and return 87 of 178.5 points
- The women won their seventh-straight indoor title last year, scoring 213 points, and winning nine events
- The women return winners from eight events, including multiple-event winners Chidinma Matthew and Hannah Reinhardt, and return 161 of 213 points
Last Time at the Crimson Opener
The Great Danes are attending the Crimson Opener for the first time. Last year the team headed to Boston University for their early December meet, competing at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener at the site where America East Indoor Championships would be held later in the season.
Senior Hannah Reinhardt dominated the headlines during the 2019 UAlbany cross country season, setting program records in both the 5K and the 6K, as well as establishing a new UAlbany current at overall 5K course record with her second-straight America East individual title. Reinhardt became the second Great Dane in the Division I era to qualify for NCAA XC Championships, following her victory at the NCAA Northeast Regional XC Championships, a program-first. Reinhardt led the women to a fourth-place team finish. Charlie Ragone and Christopher Perillo paced the men’s team in 2019, following a 1-2 sweep of the UAlbany XC Invitational with a 21st-and 24th-place finish, respectively, at the America East XC Championships. The men as a team placed seventh overall
After six individuals served as interim captains through the cross country season, the track & field program elected its eight full-time captains on December 5, coming away with a captain class of eight, including one returning captain, Hannah Reinhardt, and one elevated interim captain, Adrian Mitchell. The other captains elected were Shelby Bigsby, Lynn Gbadamosi, Asia Jinks, Myles Banfield, Bryan Nicholson, and Charlie Ragone.
After winning the 2019 America East XC team title, the UAlbany women went on to claim team victories in the America East Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets, becoming the first women’s program in conference history to win all three titles in the same academic year. Previously, the 2011-12 UAlbany men and 1988-89 Northeastern men had claimed the Triple Crown.
The Great Danes will return to action following the New Year with the Great Dane Classic on Saturday, January 11.