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Outdoor Track Sweeps Weekly Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University at Albany swept the Week 2 America East awards, the conference offices announced Tuesday, claiming all four performer of the week honors.  Robert Harris III was named as men’s track performer, Matthew Catera as men’s field, Kathryn Fanning as women’s track, and Paige Vadnais as women’s field.  UAlbany one-upped its previous best performance in the weekly awards with this week’s sweep, outdoing the January 14 indoor track awards where the Danes earned three of four spots.

Vadnais and Fanning join Silvia Del Fava and Brittney Lane as repeat performers of the week.  Lane won three times for cross country, and Del Fava won once during the cross country season and once during the indoor season.  Fanning’s previous recognition was the first week of UAlbany competition during the indoor season, and Vadnais previously was honored two weeks later after her first indoor pentathlon.

All four athletes competed in Texas late last week, in either the Texas Relays, the Bobcat Invitational, or, in Harris III’s case, both.  Harris III’s clinching performance was his 10.59 (w) 100 at the Bobcat Invitational, where he finished fourth overall.  The freshman also competed in the 200 at Bobcat, running 22.35 to finish in 22nd.  He was a member of two 4×100 relay teams as well, running 41.28 at the Texas Relays to place 23rd, and 41.12 at Bobcat, finishing first.

Senior captain Fanning finished 11th overall in the 1,500m at the Texas Relays, running a time of 4:26.93.  She was one of the only UAlbany athletes to compete in an open event at the Relays, and is the school record holder in the 1,500m.  Her time leads America East outdoor performances, is 13th in the NCAA East Region, and 34th in the entire country.  Additionally, she satisfied the ECAC qualifying standard.

Senior captain Catera competed in his first decathlon of the season at Bobcat, hoping to get a qualifying mark out of the way early so he can focus on training individual events until championship season.  Catera is the school record holder in the decathlon.  He tallied 6,377 points to place fourth overall in the event.  He placed first in the 110m hurdles and the pole vault over the course of the two-day event, in addition to setting personal bests in the shot put (38’-5.5”), discus (113’-6”), and 110m hurdles (14.95).  He also tied his personal best in the 100m (11.19).

Sophomore Vadnais, like Catera, was competing in her first heptathlon of the season, looking to record a qualifying point total.  Before the event started, Vadnais sat in 10th place all-time at UAlbany.  But after she finished, placing sixth overall scoring 4,378 points, she vaulted herself into third place on the all-time list.  Vadnais set personal bests in four of the seven events, including the 100m hurdles (15.52), the 200m (26.00), the javelin (83’-7”).   She also set a personal best in the 800m (2:25.25) en route to a victory in that event.

Next up on the schedule for UAlbany outdoor track is the men’s Dogfight against UConn and the women’s Quad Meet.  The meets will run concurrently on Saturday, April 5 on UAlbany’s brand new track, marking the first time since the 2011 outdoor season that the Danes have been able to host a home meet on campus.

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