May 1, 2010

TRACK & FIELD TO HOST AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 1-2

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL (SCHEDULE, RESULTS, DIRECTIONS, ETC.)

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire outdoor track & field team will host the America East Championships on May 1-2 at the Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for youth (14 and under) and $2 for college students with a valid America East student ID.       

The Wildcat men, who finished second at last year's meet, are hoping to upset the favored University at Albany and capture the outdoor title. In the throwing events, the 'Cats hope to earn major points with three competitors ranked atop their respective events. Junior Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.), two-time defending outdoor shot put champion, has remained dominant in the event this spring after setting a new America East record on his way to the 2010 indoor title. Paey is ranked 38th in the nation and 24th in the East. Junior Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.), who will challenge defending champion Wilfredo de Jesus Elias of Albany for the hammer throw title, ranked first in the event after posting an IC4A-qualifying mark. DeTurk's throw ranks him 37th in the country and 20th in the East region. Junior Michael Simon (Durham, Conn.) seeks to win his third straight javelin throw title and has led the Wildcats in a sweep of the top three seeds for the championship meet. Simon is ranked first with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 61.28m.

The Albany men were predicted to capture their sixth consecutive outdoor title by the preseason coaches' poll after the squad won their second straight indoor IC4A championship. In the field, seniors Valete Graham and Freddie Wills III and junior de Jesus Elias will lead the men, each seeking to capture another outdoor title in their respective events.

Graham, the 2009 Outdoor and 2010 Indoor long jump champion, is seeded first in the event this spring. He hopes to capture his third consecutive outdoor title in the event. Wills III, who won the indoor high jump title, is ranked second in the event and seeks to beat out defending champion Victor Gilreath. De Jesus Elias hopes to capture four straight throwing event titles over both the indoor and outdoor season. He won his second straight weight throw title this winter and looks to capture his second hammer throw crown this spring. De Jesus Elias, who is ranked second in the event in the conference, is tied for 50th in the nation and 27th in the East after posting an IC4A-qualifying mark of 60.30m. In the field for the men, junior John Moore will be an asset. Moore is seeded first in the 800m with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:49.12. Moore is ranked 19th in the nation and 13th in the East. He is also a contender for the 1,500m crown, ranking first in the event after qualifying for IC4As.

Binghamton University will depend on its track competitors to finish higher than its predicted third. Junior Cazal Arnett, who was crowned the Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second straight year at the indoor championship, has had a strong spring in the sprint events, capturing the first seed in both the 200m and the 400m with IC4A-qualifying times. Freshman Jeff Martinez has had a strong rookie season, capturing the top seed in the 10,000m with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 30.05.46. Fellow rookie Casey Gilbert has also garnered a top seed, ranking first in the 400m hurdle competition with an IC4A-qualifying time of 53.58.

Predicted to finish fourth, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will need strong performances from seniors Victor Gilreath and Justin Acker, as well as junior Keith Onto. Gilreath seeks to defend his high jump title and is ranked first in the event with an IC4A-qualifying leap of 2.04m. He will be challenged for the title by Albany's Wills, who won the indoor crown. Acker hopes to capture his first conference title and help UMBC hold onto the 100m crown. He is the top seed in the event with an IC4A-qualifying time of 10.69. Onto also hopes to claim his first conference title, seeded first in the decathlon. He is ranked 38th in the nation in the event and 12th in the East.

Boston University will need strong performances from juniors Daniel Withrow and Richard Haigh to place higher than its predicted fifth-place finish. Withrow seeks his second consecutive discus throw title and is seeded first in the event with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 49.56m. Haigh hopes to reclaim his decathlon title and is ranked second for the conference meet after winning the Holy Cross Decathlon.

The University of Maine squad, which placed seventh last year, will be led by sophomore Riley Masters, who is coming off a successful indoor season in which he won the 3,000m and placed fifth at NCAAs in the mile run. Masters looks to defend his 5,000m title, but is ranked third in the event behind 2008 champion Stony Brook's Tim Hodge. Freshman James Reed seeks his first conference title and will look to win it in the 110m hurdles. Reed qualified for the IC4As in the event and claimed the first seed for the conference meet.

The University of Vermont will look to seniors Aaron Campbell and Doug Maisey to earn points for the squad. Campbell is ranked third in the 100m heading into the conference meet. Maisey, who finished second in the 3,000m steeplechase and third in the 5,000m at last year's outdoor championship, will look to improve on his finishes from last year.

Seniors Alex Felce and Tim Hodge have had strong spring seasons and will lead Stony Brook University at the championship meet. Felce is ranked first in the 3,000m steeplechase with an IC4A-qualifying time of 8:57.94. He has also earned a ranking of 35th in the nation and 20th in the East. Hodge, the 2008 5,000m champion, wants to reclaim his title this spring. He is seeded first in the event after qualifying for IC4As.

The University of Hartford sophomore Anderson Emerole claimed a top finish for the squad at the indoor meet and looks to do better than his fifth-place finish in the 400m last year. Junior Jonas Hampton also looks to earn points for the squad, seeded fourth in the 10,000m.

On the women's side, a strong group of field competitors will lead the Wildcat women at the outdoor championship meet. Senior Ashlee Lathrop (Sherburne, N.Y.), who won the indoor weight throw title, has been dominant in the throwing events all season. Lathrop, who garnered five of the six America East Field Performer of the Week awards during the outdoor seasons, seeks to defend her hammer throw title. Lathrop ranked first in the event with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 55.52. She will also challenge for the discus throw title, seeded second after qualifying for the ECAC championship. Juniors Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H.) and Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) also have had strong seasons in the field. Quarles is ranked first in the triple jump while Ciambra is seeded first in the pole vault. Both have qualified for the ECAC championship in May. Ciambra is also ranked 25th in the nation and tied for seventh in the East. Junior Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia) looks to be a point earner for the squad on the track after winning the 800m title at the indoor championship. Letourneau, who is seeded first in the 800m, placed third at the 2009 outdoor meet and hopes to improve on her finish this year.

The Albany women hope to claim their fourth outdoor crown in five years after winning their first indoor championship title this winter. Senior Fey Adaramola, the 2010 Female Indoor Track Performer of the Meet, will lead the Great Dane squad. Adaramola won both the 55m dash and the 200m this winter and looks to defend her outdoor titles in the 100m and 200m. Adaramola is ranked first in both the 100m and the 200m. Senior Laura Cummings also hopes to be a point earner for the women on the track and regain her 3,000m steeplechase title. Cummings is seeded first in the event after qualifying for the ECACs with a time of 10:38.43. Her time also ranks her at 49th in the nation and 26th in the East. In the field, sophomore Catherine Coxon hopes to fill the void left by graduated discus thrower Ritshell Verdier, who won the event at last year's conference meet. Coxon is ranked first in the discus throw with an ECAC-qualifying toss of 47.93m.

Boston U., which finished third at last year's meet, were predicted to finish second by the preseason coaches' poll. Senior Andrea Walkonen hopes to earn a title for the Terriers on the track, seeded first in the 5,000m with an ECAC-qualifying time of 16:06.00. Walkonen ranks 15th in the nation in the event and sixth in the East region. Rookie Allison Barwise, who garnered the Coaches' Award for Most Points compiled by a Female Athlete at the indoor championship after winning the pentathlon, seeks to win the heptathlon. She is ranked first in the event after qualifying for the ECACs in the event. Junior Karly Neveu seeks her first outdoor high jump title, ranked first in the event with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 1.73m.

Senior Vicki Tolton and sophomore Jesse Labreck have had strong spring seasons and hope to help Maine do better than its predicted fourth-place finish. Tolton, two-time defending 400m conference champion, is ranked first in the 400m and second in the 400m hurdles after qualifying for the ECACs in both events. Labreck will be a competitor for Maine on both the track and in the field this spring. On the track, she is seeded first in the 100m hurdles while in the field, she is ranked second in the high jump, second in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

Binghamton will look to rookie Jessica Hennig and senior Caitlin Wright to be major point earners for the squad. Hennig claimed the 400m indoor title in her rookie season and will seek to win the same event at the outdoor meet. She is seeded second in the event. Wright, who has captured a third seed, hopes to defend her 400m hurdle title. She is coming off a strong indoor season in which she won the 500m.

Senior Alyson Millett will lead the Catamounts as they seek a top finish at the championship meet. Millett hopes to earn points for the squad in the 1,500m run. She is seeded third in the event and will have strong competition in the form of Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen and Maine's Corey Conner.

Senior Britney Foreman hopes to capture an outdoor title in the 100m after finishing second in the event last year. Foreman is ranked second in the event with an ECAC-qualifying time of 11.92. In the field, rookie Amanda Dellar hopes to win the shot put title, but will have to beat junior teammate Chrissy Robinson, the 2009 champion. Dellar is seeded first in the event while Robinson is ranked third. Dellar is also seeded fourth in the discus throw.

Stony Brook will be led by the Van Dalen sisters, who've each posted top national times this spring. Junior Lucy Van Dalen has captured the top seed in the 1,500m with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:17.95. Lucy is also ranked eighth in the nation and third in the East in the event. She will also compete in the 800m after capturing the second seed in the event. Junior Holly Van Dalen, the 2010 USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year, will compete in the 10,000m. Holly is seeded fourth in the event.

Freshman Brittney Lawson has continued to improve throughout the spring season, setting a new Hartford record in the hammer throw at each meet. Lawson hopes to continue her record-breaking season and earn a conference title, entering the championship as the fifth seed in the event.

The Albany men's and women's track and field squads seek to again sweep both championship titles and hopes to become the first school to win all four America East Conference track and field championship crowns in the same academic year.  

For complete information on the meet, including the schedule of events, please click here.

Courtesy: America East Communications

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