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A couple of Track & Field Updates

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Philadelphia, Pa. - University at Albany's Jenna Ortman ran a personal-best split in the first leg of the women's 4x800-meter relay which set a school record in 8:53.49. The Great Danes shattered the previous mark by nearly 14 seconds in finishing 14th in the event at the 112th Penn Relays, held Saturday, April 29 at Franklin Field.

Ortman, who opened with a 2:11.0 split, teamed with her twin sister Jessica, plus twin sisters Adanna and Anisha Andrews. Adanna covered the second leg in 2:13.7, while Anisha followed with a personal-best 2:17.1 split. Jessica Ortman added an anchor-leg split of 2:11.2. The foursome, who became the first two sets of twins to comprise a relay at the Penn Relays, also established a school record in the distance medley relay on Thursday.

The UAlbany men's 4x400 relay, which ran a school record 3:10.50 on Friday, turned in a fourth-place showing in the IC4A 4x400 competition on Saturday. The relay ran 3:10.80, the second-fastest performance in school history, despite losing leadoff runner Jerry Wilson to a hamstring injury. Junior Burnett and Stephen Evans led off in the first two legs, while freshman Joe Belokopitsky, who took Wilson's place in the relay, ran the third leg. Joe Greene anchored the relay for the second straight day in 46.5 seconds.

Marc Pallozzi finished sixth in the championship men's javelin throw. Pallozzi, who owns UAlbany's record in the event, was the first Great Dane accepted into the championship division at Penn Relays. The junior hurled the javelin 210-feet, 10-inches to meet the NCAA Regional qualifying mark for the third time this season.

Freddie Wills also recorded a top-ten finish, turning in an eighth-place showing in the men's triple jump. The freshman jumped 46-feet, 10-inches, posting one of his top performances as a collegian.


112th Penn Relays - Franklin Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Men's IC4A 4x400

1. Seton Hall 3:09.59, 2. Rutgers 3:09.64, 3. Delaware State 3:10.78, 4. UAlbany 3:10.80, 5. Coppin State 3:11.04, 6. Morgan State 3:11.15, 7. Navy 3:11.38.

Men's Championship Javelin Throw

1. Justin Ryncavage (North Carolina) 241-3, 2. Bobby Smith (Monmouth) 238-9, 3. Eric Brown (Arkansas) 227-8, 4. Thomas Jordan (Coastal Carolina) 226-6, 5. Tony Bonura (Pittsburgh) 223-4, 6. Marc Pallozzi (UAlbany) 210-10, 7. Allen Pettner (Penn State) 202-8, 8. Aundrae Clarke (UTech) 183-6.

Men's Eastern Triple Jump

1. Travis Hughes (Harvard) 49-3, 2. Lawrence Adjah (Harvard) 49-1, 3. Dante Marshall (Navy) 48-4, 4. Kimon Evans (Globe) 48-2, 5. Kyle Green (Southern Conn. State) 47-11, 6. Clarence Smith (Penn State) 47-7, 7. Jihad Beachman (Yale) 47-5, 8. Freddie Wills (UAlbany) 46-10, 9. Chris Telesford (Syracuse) 46-6, 10. Steve Ekema-Agbaw (Lafayette) 46-4.






Troy, N.Y. - Justin Collishaw won the men's javelin throw and qualified for the IC4A Championship at the RPI Invitational, held at Ned Harkness Track & Field on Saturday, April 29. Collishaw was accompanied by five other Great Danes in the winner's circle at the non-team scoring meet.

Collishaw, a senior, finished 24 feet ahead of his nearest competitor with a javelin throw of 194-feet, 3-inches. It is the second straight year he has qualified for IC4As in the event.

Jesse Bennett won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.15 seconds, more than one and half seconds better than the second-place finisher. Bennett also finished second in the 100m dash, crossing the line in 11.46 seconds.

Sophomore Ricardo Estremera won the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:43.16. In the first time competing in the event as a collegian, Estremera posted more than a 30-second win margin. C.J. Ross rounded out the men's winners, earning a first-place showing in the triple jump with a leap of 44-0.5. Ross also recorded a second-place finish in the long jump with a 20-10.5 jump, his best as a collegian.

Heather Angel captured the 400m hurdles title for the women, finishing in a time of 1:08.34, more than six seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Corinna Hengen won the pole vault with a mark of 10-6, four inches off her school record.

Freshman Sineaid Corley posted a third-place showing in the hammer throw with a mark of 131-10. She set a personal best in the event, improving on her previous mark by more than seven feet.

The Great Danes return to action on May 6-7 at the America East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship, which will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire.

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