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Men finish fifth, women place seventh at America East Conference Championships

BOSTON, Mass. -- Graduate student Mike Stewart (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) won the men's 400 hurdles as the Binghamton men's and women's track teams competed in the final day of the America East Conference Track & Field Championships. The men finished fifth out of nine teams while the women placed seventh out of 10 teams.

Stewart crossed the finish line in 52.91 seconds, which was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championship. It was also a school record. He was one of three Bearcats to place in the men's 400 hurdles. Junior Hasani Hampden (Freeport, N.Y./ Freeport) was second (53.14, which met the IC4A qualifying time) and junior Neil Case (West Winfield, N.Y. /Mount Markham) was seventh (55.18). Case also placed seventh in the 110 hurdles (14.86), an event in which freshman Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y./ James I. Oneill) was second (14.55, which qualified for IC4As) and sophomore Adam Goldberg (New Rochelle, N.Y./ New Rochelle) placed sixth (15.12).

Hampden was one of four Bearcats to place in the high jump, finishing in a tie for eighth (1.88 m.). Sophomore Luke Shafer (Penfield, N.Y./ McQuaid) was second (2.03 m.), Goldberg tied for third (1.93 m.) and junior Nick Tillman (Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley) tied for fifth (1.93 m.).

Senior Gabe Fletcher (Binghamton, N.Y./Windsor) placed third in the shotput (14.60 m.) and was fourth in the discus (47.75 m.). Junior Jared Ketchuck (Endicott, N.Y./ Union Endicott) was seventh in the discus (41.78) and sophomore Paddy Hennessey (Selkirk, N.Y./Bethlehem) eighth in the discus (41.13 m.).

The women's team was once again led by the distance duo of sophomore Erica Angell (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./ Spackenkill) and junior Lindsey Bohrer-Yardley (Oneida, N.Y./ Vernon-Verona Sherril). Angell, who was second in the 10,000 on Saturday, was fifth in the 5,000 (17:41.48). Bohrer-Yardley, who was second in the 3,000 steeplechase on Saturday and qualified for NCAA Regionals, was third in the 5,000 (18:00.00). Other top finishers in the distance events were sophomore Joy Romulus (Washington, N.Y./ Washington), who was seventh in the 800 (2:16.31), and freshman Mary Tursi ( Staten Island/St. John Villa), who was eighth in that same event (2:19.55).

In the sprint events, freshman Karisa Heisler (Lansing, N.Y./ Lansing) was seventh in the 400 hurdles (1:06.34) and junior Heather Tassler (Hartsdale, N.Y./ Woodlands) was eighth in the 200 (12.73).


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