Immediate Release: May 7, 2006
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Men place program-best third, women fifth at America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Day One Recap
DURHAM, N.H. -- Sophomore Aja Phipps (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) captured the women's high jump and the men's team recorded its highest finish in program history, highlighting the Binghamton track & field teams' performances at the America East Conference Championships, which concluded on Sunday at New Hampshire. The men's team was third out of nine teams while the women finish in fifth place. Albany swept both the men's and women's team titles.
After placing fourth in the 2005 outdoor meet, the men's squad moved up one place for their highest finish at the event since joining the America East in 2002. Leading the way individually were senior Hasani Hampden (Freeport), who was second in the 400 hurdles (53.27), junior Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.), who was second in the 100 hurdles (14.79), and graduate student Nick Tillman (Binghamton, N.Y.), who was second in the decathlon (5,962 points).
Hampden joined seniors Adam Goldberg (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Joe Flucus (Bronx, N.Y.) and freshman Jimmy Masar (Endicott, N.Y.) to finish second in the 400 relay (42.54). Goldberg was also fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.89), Flucus placed fourth in the 200 (21.82) and fifth in the 100 (10.99) while Massar finished sixth in the 200 (22.11).
Elsewhere on the men's side, junior Kevin Hall (Glen Falls, N.Y.) placed third in the shotput with a distance of 51-3, which lowered his own school record by nearly three inches.
"We did very well in the events we needed to (in order to finish third)," head coach Mike Thompson said. "Our performances in the hammer and pole vault on Saturday were a big part of our performance."
On the women's side, Phipps won her first conference title with a height of 5-4.25 in the high jump. Sophomore Dayna Johnson (Brentwood, N.Y.) was second in the heptathlon (4,286) and third in the triple jump (39-8), sophomore Keisha Short (Yephank, N.Y.) was second in the 400 (57.35) and freshman Kim Williams (Buffalo, N.Y.) was second in the 200 with a school-record time of 24.48 as well as third in the 100 (12.26).
Johnson, Short, Williams and senior Nina Minasi (Suffern, N.Y.) were third in the 400 relay (48.48).
"Our women's team did very good in the sprints," Thompson said. "Dayna also did a good job in the heptathlon."
Several Binghamton athletes will continue their seasons at the ECAC/IC4A Championships next weekend.
BINGHAMTON MEN'S TOP FINISHERS
Nick Tillman, 2nd, Decathlon (5,962)
Rory Quiller, 2nd, 110 Hurdles (14.79) -- IC4A qualifying standard
Goldberg, Massar, Flucus, Hampden, 2nd, 4x100 relay (42.54)
Hasani Hampden, 2nd, 400 Hurdles (53.27) -- IC4A qualifying standard
Kevin Hall, 3rd, Shot Put (51-03.75) -- school record
Adam Goldberg, 4th, 110 Hurdles (14.89)
Joe Flucus, 4th, 200 (21.82)
Mike Ksionzyk, 5th, Decathlon (5,588)
Joe Flucus, 5th, 100 (10.99)
Ben Babcock, 5th, Discus (143-02)
Jimmy Massar, 6th, 200 (22.11)
BINGHAMTON WOMEN'S TOP FINISHERS
Aja Phipps, 1st, High Jump (5-4.25)
Dayna Johnson, 2nd, Heptathlon (4,286)
Keisha Short, 2nd, 400 (57.35)
Kim Williams, 2nd, 200 (24.48) --school record and ECAC qualifying standard
Kim Williams, 3rd, 100 (12.26)
Dayna Johnson, 3rd, Triple Jump (39-8) -- ECAC qualifying standard
Johnson, Minasi, Short, Williams, 3rd, 4x100 relay (48.48)
Stacy Kramer, 6th, 5000 (17:57.89)
Kathryn Murnane, 7th, 1500 (4:44.83)
Joy Romulus, 7th, 800 (2:15.29)
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