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UAlbany Women Take Third At Upstate Challenge

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UAlbany Women Take Third At Upstate Challenge

Meet Results

ITHACA, N.Y. – A week after hosting a home meet at the Armory in New York City, the University at Albany women’s indoor track team visited Cornell University’s Barton Hall to compete in the Upstate Challenge.  The women took third place, scoring 101 points against seven other teams exclusively from New York.  Cornell took first place in the team competition scoring 162 points to go along with the Cornell victory on the men’s side.  Buffalo took second place in the meet with 116 points.

The UAlbany women performed admirably in the sprint events over the weekend.  Senior Jillian Haynes took third place in the 60 with a time of 7.67, satisfying the ECAC qualifying standard by one-hundredth of a second.  Junior Michelle Anthony won the hurdles in a personal best 8.63, and took sixth in the 200 in 25.53.  Senior Tynelle Taylor-Chase took fifth in the 400 in 58.42.  In the 500, sophomore Dominique Claudio took fourth place in 1:16.70.

In the field events, senior Ashley Grant took second place in the high jump with a mark of 5’-5”.  Junior Aiyanna James won the long jump with a personal best mark of 18’-11.25”, which places her sixth on UAlbany’s all-time indoor list and satisfies the ECAC qualifying standard. 

The women were well represented in the throwing events.  Juniors Janice Johnson and Samantha Kosa took third and fourth place in the shot put, respectively.  Johnson threw 42’-2.75” and Kosa threw 42’-1.25”.  They both also competed in the weight throw.  Kosa placed fourth with a personal best throw of 46’-7.25” and Johnson placed fifth, throwing 46’-5.5”.  They were joined in the weight throw by sophomore teammate Lauren Lopano, who placed second with a personal best mark of 48’-8.75”.

Elsewhere, senior Brianne Bellon won the 1,000 in 2:52.55.  Sophomore Paige Vadnais took second in the pentathlon, scoring a personal best 3,297 points, launching her into fifth place on UAlbany’s all-time indoor list.  UAlbany took second in the 4×400, with the team of Kamilah Williams, Claudio, Haynes, and Taylor-Chase running 3:51.49.  Finally, UAlbany took third in the 4×800, running 9:42.74 with a team of Bellon, Johanna Smith, Molly Pezzulo, and Schuyler Pruyn.

Next week, UAlbany returns to the Armory in New York City for the Columbia Invitational on Saturday, February 1.  The meet will mark the second of five scheduled trips to the Armory this season.


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