Friday, May 27, 2016

Windham student earns USTFCCCA All-Region honors from Rochester track and field

mjeffre1@maine.rr.comROCHESTER - Four men from the University of Rochester men’s track and field team have earned All-Region recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the 2016 outdoor track and field season.

The All-Region awards are a new distinction in 2016 and go to top athletes in the each of the eight regions across Division III track and field. To be honored, an individual must rank in the top-five among athletes within their own region or on a top-three relay.

Rochester’s men’s team during the outdoor season was represented by four seniors in 2016 as Boubacar Diallo, Jeffrey Hrebenach, Jonathan Kuberka and Patrick Rice all ranked in the top five in Atlantic region competition in their respective events.

Rice (Windham, ME/Windham), a multi-event specialist, has enjoyed a fabulous senior season and earned his award in the decathlon. His season best performance in the 10-event competition was at the NYSCTC Multi-Event Championships where he took home first place with a score of 6,473 points. That score has Rice in the top 20 in NCAA Division III overall and qualified the senior for this week’s NCAA National Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Earlier this season, Rice earned All-Region and then All-American honors in the heptathlon after his third place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Diallo (Bignona, Senegal/African Leadership Academy) is also a two-time All-Region honoree in 2016 as the senior earned the award in the triple jump in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The 2015 outdoor All-American just missed qualifying for his second straight NCAA championship with his season long jump of 14.39 meters (47’2.5’’) which happened at the St. John Fisher Last Chance Meet on May 14. Indoors, Diallo earned All-Region recognition following a triple jump of 14.74 meters which earned him a berth at the NCAAs.

Hrebenach (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) caps his Yellowjacket career with his first All-Region award from the USTFCCCA. The senior sprinter clocked in at 21.72 seconds in the 200 meter dash, setting a new school record at the NYSCTC Outdoor Championships. That time ranked him inside the top 45 nationally and was quick enough to rank among the top five in the Atlantic Region. He ends his career holding three outdoor school records (100m, 200m, 4x100m) as well as one indoors (4x200m). (Clarence, NY/Clarence), the Rochester indoor long jump school record holder, earned his All-Region honor following a 6.93 meter jump (22’9’’) that took place at the Division I laden Bucknell Bison Classic on April 16-17. During the outdoor season, Kuberka earned three podium spots at the NYSCTC Championships, coming in second in the long jump, fifth in the triple jump and eighth in the high jump.

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