Albany Men, Boston U. Women Take Titles At Indoor Track & Field Championship
BOSTON -- University at Albany men and Boston University women both won their fourth straight titles at the 2009 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships, a two-day event which commenced Saturday afternoon. Twelve meet records were broken--six men's and six women's--over the two days of competition.
The Great Dane men compiled 211 points, a new America East Championship record, breaking their own record of 203.5 points set two years ago. Binghamton University finished in second-place with 138 points, followed by University of New Hampshire (133 points) and UMBC (123). Boston University (57), University of Maine (42.5), University of Vermont (38), Stony Brook University (34) and University of Hartford (3.5) rounded out the field.
Maine's Riley Master's received the men's Most Outstanding Rookie of the meet after winning the 3,000 meter run on Saturday in a IC4A-qualifying time of 8:17.46. Last year's top rookie, Binghamton's Cazal Arnett, didn't let down this year, taking home both the Coaches' Award for the most points compiled on the men's side and the Most Outstanding Track Performer trophy. Arnett crossed the finish line first in the 400 meters and the 200 meters, while anchoring the second-place 4x400 meter relay team. All three times qualifed him for the IC4A, while his 400 meters of 46.96 seconds provisionally-qualified him for the NCAAs. Albany junior Nasim Siddeeq earned gold in the triple jump with an America East Championship record of 15.65 meters, an NCAA provisional mark, to take the men's Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet.
Also breaking championship records in the men's competition on Saturday was New Hampshire sophomore Brice Paey in the shot put (17.13 meters), Boston U. senior David Proctor (4:02.47) and Binghamton sophomore Erik van Ingen (4:03.26) in the one-mile run, and three different relay teams. The gold-medal Albany distance medley team of Aaron Lozier, Joe Greene, Tyler Fogarty and Ricardo Estremera smashed the record by over 11 seconds in a time of 9:42.99. The Terrier 4x800 team and Albany 4x400 team also broke the meet records in their respective events.
The Boston U. women, like the Albany men, captured their fourth-straight crown on Saturday. The Terriers earned 158.5 points ahead of second-place Albany's 141.5 points. New Hampshire (120 points) and Vermont (92) followed, along with Maine (73), Binghamton (61), UMBC (57), Stony Brook (54) and Hartford (21).
One of the top stories of the meet was the distance runs of Boston U. senior Andrea Walkonen. On Friday, she automatically-qualified for the NCAAs in the 5,000 meters, while on Saturday she provisionally-qualified and broke the meet record by nearly 15 seconds in the 3,000 meters. Walkonen received the female Most Outstanding Track Performer award for her performances.
Albany senior Kamilah McShine topped the pentathlon events on Friday, and followed it up Saturday with a gold in the 55 meter hurdles. Her time of 7.93 seconds broke the America East Championship record. McShine was awarded the women's Most Outstanding Field Performer and the Coaches' Award for her meet performance, earning more points than any other female in the competition.
Stony Brook's Lucy van Dalen ran NCAA-provisionally-qualifying times in both the one mile and the 1,000 meters, while the sophomore's 2:48.02 time in the 1,000 topped the 17-year-old championship record by over two seconds.
Senior Vicki Tolton of Maine also broke an America East Championship record on Saturday, placing first in the 400 meter dash with a NCAA-provisionally-qualifying time of 54.31. That record previously stood tight for 16 years before this weekend.
Rounding out the record-breaking marks was New Hampshire's Rita Ciambra who broke the pole vault record with a vault of 3.80 during Friday's action.
The Albany and Boston U. coaching staffs were each honored as the Coaching Staffs of the Year after the meet.
The ECAC and IC4A Championships will both take place at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center on March 7-8, while the NCAA Championships will be held at College Station, Texas the following weekend.