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T&F America East Awards Sweep

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First Time that all four student-athletes come from UAlbany!!!!!!! Go



Track & Field's Greene, Cummings, de Jesus Elias & Lewis Receive America

East Weekly Awards

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Release: 04/28/2009










Courtesy: UAlbany Athletics




Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Joe Greene, Laura Cummings,

Wilfredo de Jesus Elias and Ashley Lewis were named America East

Conference track and field performers of the week, as announced on

Tuesday, April 28 by the league office. All four Great Danes are being

recognized for their efforts at this past weekend's Penn Relays and

Capital District Classic.


Greene, who was named the male track performer of the week, met the NCAA

East Regional qualifying standard in the 400-meter hurdles and ran the

400-meter leg on the sprint medley relay team which won the IC4A title

at the 115th Penn Relays on April 24. Greene placed second among 49

competitors in the championship section of the 400m hurdles in 50.53

seconds, while his split time of 46.8 helped the sprint medley relay

placed third among 42 teams in 3:18.89.


Cummings, who earned female track performer of the week

laurels, met the regional standard for the first time this spring in the

3,000-meter steeplechase and anchored the 4x800-meter relay team which

qualified for the ECAC meet at Penn Relays. She finished fifth in the

championship section of the steeplechase in 10:40.64 on April 24. Two

days later, she helped the 4x800-meter relay finish eighth among 29

squads in the college race with a final time of 8:59.74.


de Jesus Elias earned male field performer of the week

honors for his record-breaking performance in the Penn Relays' college

division of the hammer throw. He set a new school standard by more than

a foot and a personal record by over seven feet with a mark of 192-feet,

8-inches, placing him third among 25 competitors. The previous record

was 191-5, which was set by Eric Opuana in 2004.


Lewis was awarded female field performer of the week

accolades for winning two events at the Capital District Classic hosted

by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The junior most notably set a

school record in the javelin throw with a winning mark of 136-6,

bettering Isabella Katsarelis' throw of 125-4 set in 2006. She also

became the first Great Dane to reach the qualifying standard for the

ECAC championship meet. Lewis also won the long jump with a leap of

16-11.25 and placed second in the discus throw with a toss that sailed



UAlbany's track and field teams will compete at the America

East Conference Championships, held at Binghamton University on May 2-3.

The men's team will look to win its fifth straight title and sixth in

seven years, while the women's squad is after its third championship

overall and first since 2007.

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