The Vermont women's track & field team earned second overall at the 2014 America East Outdoor Championships with 142.5 points, marking its highest finish since winning the conference title in 2001. The men's squad placed fifth with 87 points for its best finish since 1995. Albany swept the team titles for the sixth straight year as competition wrapped up on Sunday at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility.
Yolanda Ngarambe, Mallory Duncan, and Brittany St. Clair won individual events on Day 2 to give the Catamounts a total of eight titles and 16 all-conference performances during the championship meet. St. Clair was named the America East Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer to sweep the honor in 2014, the first Vermont athlete to accomplish the feat in a decade. UVM also received the 2014 Women's Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Ngarambe broke the America East Outdoor Championship record to defend her conference crown in the 800-meter run, while Duncan nearly broke the school record en route to his second straight title in the 400-meter hurdles. St. Clair clinched her first-ever heptathlon championship, and shortly after she added an all-conference finish in the high jump for the women.
Ngarambe posted a time of 2:07.02 in the 800-meter final to break Lucy Van Dalen's championship mark of 2:07.25 set four years ago. Vermont has now captured each of the last four women's 800-meter titles as Julie McGilpin won the race in 2011 and 2012. Ngarambe has finished either first or second in the outdoor event during all four years of her track career.
Duncan captured the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight season and came within 0.02 seconds of setting a new school record. The junior registered a time of 52.64 seconds to win the race by two tenths of a second. Mitchell Switzer holds the school mark of 52.62 in the event, which he ran in 2012.
After finishing second in 2012 and 2013, St. Clair broke through to win the heptathlon with a career-best 5,054 points. The senior finished top-3 in all three of her events on Sunday and was top-4 in all seven events during the competition. She won the long jump convincingly on Day 2 with a distance of 5.65 meters and placed second in the javelin, becoming Vermont's first heptathlon champion since Allison Poulin in 1989.
Sara Roderick also earned all-conference honors in the heptathlon for the second straight season as she and St. Clair finished 1-2. Roderick won three events (shot put, 200-meter, 800-meter) and finished second in two others (100-meter hurdles, long jump) for 4,738 points, also a career-high by 11 points.
On the men's side, Tyler Parent posted his second straight all-conference performance in the decathlon with 6,234 points for third place overall. Parent won the discus and javelin on Sunday and closed the competition by placing third in the 1500-meter. Ed Simon was second in the 1500 to move up into sixth place overall with 5,418 points.
St. Clair posted her second all-conference honor of the day in the high jump, earning a tie for second place by clearing 1.70 meters. Christa Weaver was sixth with a mark of 1.65 meters as Vermont collected 10 points from the event.
Cassie Marion, who won the long jump with her final attempt on Saturday, registered fourth in the triple jump on her last try with a leap of 11.70 meters. Gabby Siebenaler (38.20) and Sydney Kurtic (37.97) were sixth and seventh respectively in the discus for five points combined.
On the track, Martin Kallur repeated his indoor sprint hurdles finish with second place in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.57 seconds, while Duncan added three points with sixth place in 15.56. Ben Greenwald added four points for the men as he finished fifth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.41 seconds.
Ryan Gerrity (22.28, 200-meter) and Thomas O'Leary (3:59.93, 1500-meter) each finished seventh in their track finals, while Nick DeLuna posted eighth in the 800-meter in 1:53.10. Saturday's 10K champion Aaron Szotka was eighth in the 5000-meter in 14:44.75, while Oliver Scofield won the first 5K section for 10th overall in 14:52.13.
On the women's side, three of UVM's all-conference performers from Day 1 scored in the 5000-meter. Kirsten Weberg (fourth, 17:21.27), Nikki Braceras (seventh, 17:30.96), and Alicia Clark (eighth, 17:36.81) combined for eight key points in the event. Grace Weisbecker (14.77) also scored in her outdoor championship debut with seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.
The women's 4x800-meter team led the way in the relays during the afternoon with a second place showing. The squad of Valerie Moyer, Amber Peirsol, Ngarambe, and Sydney Durand posted a time of 9:09.65 to meet the ECAC qualifying standard. In the 4x400, the men (Anderson Koenig, Ben Citrin, Gerrity, Greenwald) and women (Sydney Eberth, Tess Cioffredi, Dana Gaetani, Maura Knowles) both claimed fifth for five points apiece.
The Catamounts return to action next week on Friday (May 9) and Saturday (May 10) as they travel to Westfield, Massachusetts for the 2014 New England Outdoor Championships. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each morning at Westfield State University.
Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department
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