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Track & field teams travel to Maine for America East Outdoor Championships
Two-day meet starts 10 a.m. on Saturday
May 3, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton track & field teams travel to Maine this weekend to make their 11th appearance at the America East Outdoor Track Championships. The two-day event starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
After falling on lean times the past few years, the Bearcat women’s team appears to be in solid shape heading into the meet. After placing seventh in the 2010 America East Outdoor Championships, the women moved up to sixth place last year and were fifth at this year’s indoor conference meet.
“This is the most complete women’s team we have had in many years,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “We hope to overachieve and place in the top four.”
Without question, the jumps will be the key to how the Binghamton women fare this weekend. Sophomore Camille Ginyard and junior Jenna Marrione finished 1-2 in the pole vault at the indoor meet and junior Ashley AuPont tied for third in the high jump. In the triple jump, freshmen Alexx Baum and Alexis Murray, sophomore Sarah Wickes and Paige Ware and fifth-year senior Nandi Dozier-Lewis are all ranked among the top eight in the America East heading into the meet. Baum, Dozier-Lewis, Murray, Ware and senior Amanda Sanacore could all score in the long jump as well.
In the sprints, junior Jessica Hennig has won the past three indoor conference titles in the 400 and will be seeking her first America East outdoor crown in the same event. She was the runner up last year after placing third her freshman year. Senior Kaitlin Sullivan is a contender for the title in the 100 hurdles and a projected scorer in the 400 hurdles. AuPont will also compete in the 100 hurdles and sophomore Erika Kisel will run in the 400. During the indoor season, Kisel was fifth in the 500. Freshman Ivory Taussig is the top Binghamton entry in the short sprints (100).
Juniors Rachel Miura and Lindsay Raulli are the top Binghamton entries in the distance events. Miura, who was fourth in the 5,000 at the indoor meet, will start off with the 10,000 this weekend and also compete in the 5,000. Raulli, who was eighth in the 5,000, will double in the 3,000 steeplechase and 5,000. Fifth-year senior Ashley Horton was third in the 3,000 steeplechase last year.
Senior Abby Oakes was sixth in both the discus and shot put at the America East outdoor meet last year. She is also capable of scoring in the hammer as well. Murray was fourth in the javelin at the 2011 outdoor meet.
Despite struggling with injuries this year, the Binghamton men’s team is poised to continue its recent run of success at the America East meet. The Bearcats have been the runner-up at the past two outdoor meets and were third at the indoor championships earlier in the season.
Once again, the distance events will carry significant points for the men’s squad. Fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen is the favorite in the 800 while freshman Jesse Garn, who was sixth in the mile at the indoor championships, is one of the top entrees in the 1,500.
Fifth-year seniors Adam Quinn and Andrew Ugolino finished 2-3 in the 3,000 steeplechase last year. The duo will be joined in that event by freshman Cal Michaels, who was third in the 3,000 during the conference indoor championships. In the 10,000, juniors Vasali Papastrat, Jason Santos and Anthony Gaetani are all in the mix to score points. Sophomore Chris Fernandez was seventh at the 2011 indoor meet in the 800 while junior Jesse McCormick was fifth in the same event.
Last year, Binghamton won the 4x800 title, a feat that could be repeated with van Ingen, Garn, McCormick and Fernandez forming this year’s quartet. Fernandez and van Ingen were on last-year’s first-place entry.
Another strong event for the Bearcat men this weekend is the pole vault. Seniors Eric VanAernam and Robb Quiller went 2-3 at the indoor championships while junior Adam Helman tied for fifth. Senior John Slaven was seventh at the 2011 indoor meet.
In the hurdles, senior Jesse Fuca is one of the top entries in the 110 hurdles. He placed a career-best third in the 55 hurdles at the indoor championships. Junior Casey Gilbert was the runner up in the 400 hurdles at last year’s America East outdoor meet while Fuca was sixth in the same event.
Helman is Binghamton’s top entry in the decathlon.