Black Bears place eighth in America East Championships

On Friday and Saturday, the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to Boston to compete in the America East Championships. Both teams took an eighth place finish, with the women scoring 42 points and the men scoring 41.

The women’s team was led by fourth-year Grace MacLean, who won the indoor pentathlon. MacLean placed fourth in the shot put (10.03 m), second in the long jump (5.43 m), first in the high jump (1.75 m), first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.84) and third in the 800-meter run (2:30.32) for a final performance of first place with 3,760 points. Fellow Black Bears fourth-year Alexa Frame, first-year Skyler Cook and first-year Alexis Cook also placed in 10th, 13th and 14th respectively in the indoor pentathlon.

Overall the Black Bears placed well in the field events, taking second place in the high jump, fourth place in the long jump, fourth and fifth place in the weight throw, sixth place in the shot put, seventh in the pole vault and ninth in triple jump. MacLean placed second in the high jump event with the same height of 1.75 that she got in the pentathlon.

Second-year Ariel Clachar took fourth place in the long jump, with a jump of 5.61 meters, just 0.24 behind the first-place finisher. Fellow Black Bear third-year Tia Jackson placed 16th in this event with a jump of 4.70 meters.

In the weight throw fourth-year Rachel Bergeron placed fourth with a throw of 16.11 meters and fourth-year Ashley Donohoe placed fifth with a throw of 15.40 meters. Bergeron also placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 12.52 meters, while Donohoe placed 10th with a throw of 11.74 meters.

In the pole vault, second-year Taylor Lenentine took seventh place with a jump of 3.35 meters, followed by second-year Olivia Wallace with a jump of 3.05 meters. Second-year Lucia Guarnieri placed ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 11.21 meters.

On the track the Black Bears had other noteworthy performances in the 200-meter dash, the 4 by 400-meter relay and the 1-mile.

In the 200-meter dash finals, second-year Lauren Magnuson placed seventh with a time of 24.98. Albany’s third-year Stephanie Osuji placed first with a winning time of 24.19. Magnuson went on to run in the 4 by 400-meter relay, in which the Maine team placed sixth out of eight teams. A team of fourth-year Teal Jackson, Magnuson, first-year Brittany Torchia and third-year Alexis Dietrich finished with a time of 3:56.93.

In the 1-mile, Maine had three runners compete. First-year Alison Wyman came in 11th with a time of 5:17.78, fourth-year Tiana Bibb came in 13th 5:24.35 and second-year Haley Lawrence came in 16th with a time of 5:30.14.

Overall Black Bears placed eighth out of the nine teams with 42 points. University of Albany placed first with 212 points.

On the men’s side, the Black Bears had athletes place in the top 10 places all throughout the events.

On the track, fourth-year Jacob Johns placed second in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:15.04, less than a second behind the first place finisher from Binghamton University. Fourth-year Levi Frye came in 18th in the event with a time of 4:24.80.

Redshirt fourth-year Jesse Orach came in fourth in the 3,000 meter run with 8:25.82. Fourth-year Justin Tracy and second-year Jacob Terry also competed for the Black Bears, coming in ninth and 34th respectively. Orach also competed in the 5,000-meter run, placing fifth with a time of 14:39.25, followed by third-year Joshua Horne with a time of 14:53.61 in eighth place.

In the 60-meter dash, third-year Mozai Nelson placed seventh in the finals with a time of 7.07 seconds. The first place finisher, fourth-year Jon Alkins, from Binghamton came in with a time of 6.85 seconds.

The Black Bears also placed well in the 4 by 400 meter relay, coming in sixth out of nine. A team of third-year Joseph Slattery, third-year Elijah Yeboah, third-year Jake Osborn and third-year Garrett Johnson came in with a time of 3:19.91.

The Black Bears also performed well on the field claiming top 10 performances in four events.

In the shot put, third-year Jeremy Frantz came in fifth with a throw of 15.59 meters. Third-year Isaiah Brooks came in seventh with a throw of 15.01 meters, third-year Thomas Murray placed 10th with a distance of 14.41 meters and third-year Adam Lufkin placed 13th with a distance of 13.96 meters.

First-year Troy Davis placed seventh in the high jump with a jump of 1.99 meters. In the weight throw, fourth-year Shane Corbett placed sixth with a throw of 16.30 meters. Brooks came in 11th with a distance of 15.08 meters. Murray came in 16th with a distance on 14.62, followed by first-year Jacob Stanko in 18th with a distance of 12.26 meters.

In the Heptathlon, two Black Bears competed coming in sixth and seventh. Third-year Andrew Toothaker came in sixth with 4,622 points while third-year Garrett Johnson came in seventh with 4,485 points.

The men’s team came in eighth out of nine teams overall with 41 points. University of Albany placed first with 205 points.

The next event for the Black Bears is the ECAC Championships on March 4-5 in Boston.

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