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Butterfield stars in Albany relay triumph

Team effort: Butterfield, far right, with her Albany team-mates

Taahira Butterfield helped her University at Albany 4x100 metres relay team win the ECAC Championship title at last weekend’s Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.

The relay team of Stephanie Osuji, Chanel Smith, Grace Claxton and Butterfield placed seventh in the heat trials in 46.48 seconds, before taking the championship title the next day after setting a school record time of 45.80.

Butterfield ran the anchor leg. The team was presented with a championship plaque and gold watches.

After her outstanding performance, which included a first place finish in the women’s 400 metres hurdles, Claxton was nominated Track Performer of the Week by the America East.

At Penn Relays Claxton earned the champion title with her win in hurdles, setting a new school record of 56.69 as she became UAlbany’s first individual champion in the University Championship Division. She is a senior at the university in upstate New York and hails from Puerto Rico.

Butterfield, 19, is a sophomore and competes in the 100 and 200. She is a former student of CedarBridge Academy and is an “A” student at UAlbany who will be in action this weekend at the America East Championships at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Butterfield will run in the 100 and 200 as well as the 4x100 relay.