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Women Take Second, Men Take Third at Northeast Challenge

Photo Credits | Jay Bendlin

Christian Hince

UAlbany’s track and field team returned to UConn this weekend, putting together a solid all-around performance.

The women finished second with 140 points behind the hosting Huskies, while the men finished at a distant third with 96 points behind Rhode Island’s 146.

Women Win Seven

On Friday, UAlbany earned a tied victory with American International in the 10,000m. Tess Fitzmaurice’s third-place finish at 37:12.74 and Noreen Guilfoyle’s fourth-place finish at a personal-best 37:12.74 scored enough for the shared win.

The Danes won the discus event behind first and second-place finishes from Shelby Bigsby who posted a personal-best 166-08.00 and Shania Scott’s 157-11.00 bearing.

The day was also marked by a third-place finish from Leann Nicholas in the triple jump at 40-01.25.

On Saturday, the 4x100m relay team of Imani Gray, Brynley McDermott, Rori Lowe, and Dominique Clarke placed first at a season-best time of 45.89.

Lowe also won the 400m with a personal best of 55.50, followed in third by Gray’s personal-best 56.17 and eighth by Emily Brown’s personal-best 57.15.

In a wind-aided 100m, Clarke won with a time of 11.62, followed in fifth by McDermott’s 12.04 mark.

Gray and McDermott also engineered a tied victory with UConn in the 200m, placing second and fifth at 23.89 and 24.39 respectively.

Another UAlbany victory came in the 400m hurdles where Dee Denis took first with a personal-best 1:00.16.

Men Take Two

The sole Friday victory for the men came during the discus event, behind Travis Robinson’s second-place 175-06.00 and Bryan Nicholson’s third-place 170-02.00.

The meet’s first day also saw Jared Rogalski finish third in the 3,000m steeplechase at 9:47.92, as well as Adrian Mitchell with a second-place in the javelin at 220-08.00.

On Saturday, Shak Williams set a school record in the 100m, winning in 10.37 with Garry Munro trailing in sixth with a 10.71 time.

In the long jump, Robert Blue took first with a jump of 24-10.50, with Louie Gordon placing eighth with a 23-00.50 foot effort. This effort wasn’t enough to stave off a UConn victory.

The men’s 4x100 relay team placed second in their event as well, with a squad composed of Blaise Umuhuza, Shak Williams, Garry Munro, and Rashad Holmes finishing in 41.83.

Easton Reagan was also number two in his event, completing the 400m hurdles with a personal-best 52.14.

The Danes have two meets next weekend. First, they will head to the University of Virginia for the Virginia Challenge on Friday, wrapping up the meet on Saturday. On the same day, the team will come back home to host a meet of their own, the Bobbi Palma Spring Classic.


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