Menís Track and Field Set to Compete at MAAC Championships
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The men’s track and field team will travel to the New York Armory to compete at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Track Championships this weekend. The Red Foxes are one of eight teams set to participate in the conference title meet.
“At the MAAC meet, we simply hope to race hard and compete well in the events in which we have athletes, said Head Coach Pete Colaizzo. “And we hope to approach more record-setting performances where possible.”
The Red Foxes look to compete against last season’s MAAC championship winner, Manhattan, as well as the remaining six conference teams, with the addition of Canisius, Monmouth and Quinnipiac to this year’s line-up. Last season, the Red Foxes finished in fifth place with 29 points, with two athletes qualifying for IC4A’s.
In the regular season, the Red Foxes have posted multiple personal best times throughout their six meets.
“This has been an extremely challenging season for us in terms of training in and dealing with the winter elements, but we are proud of what our athletes have been able to accomplish under trying circumstances,” said Colaizzo. “As a result, having our athletes achieving school-record performances has been very satisfying.”
At the NYU Saturday Night Shootout, senior Ryan Scrudato (Westfield, N.J.) finished the 3,000-meter race with a personal best time of 8:42:23, while senior Nick Salek (Morris Plains, N.J.) ran the 1,000-meter race with a personal best time of 4:33:15.
During the NYC Gotham Cup, junior Mark Valentino (Smithtown, N.Y.) and freshman Zach Toner (Merrick, N.Y.) both ran personal best times in the 3,000-meter race. Valentino posted a time of 8:58:34, while Toner finished right behind him with a time of 8:58:55.
Also for the Red Foxes, senior Jesse Aprile (Yorktown, N.Y.) set the school record in the 200-meter dash, while junior David Marthy (Latham, N.Y.) broke the program record in the 800- and 1,000 meter runs.
The MAAC Championship meet will take place at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3:45 p.m..