OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CRUISES TO VICTORIES AT MONMOUTH SEASON OPENER
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – In its first outdoor home meet since last year’s MAAC Championships , the Monmouth University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both placed first at the 22nd Annual Monmouth Season Opener. The men totaled 335.5 points on the weekend, which was over 215 points higher than the next closest team. The women scored 266 points, 104 more than the second-placed school. The men are undefeated at home since 1996 and the women have not lost since 2001 in West Long Branch.
NOTES, QUOTES, AND NUMBERS CRUNCH
“We appreciate everyone who came out to support us at home, everyone who worked to make the meet happen, and the 25 visiting teams who all made the meet a great competition. We also owe a big thank you to the staff at Georgian Court for graciously hosting the long throws for us yesterday while we are under construction here. Our team did a nice job and took advantage of good conditions in most areas. We know we have a lot to work on the next few weeks, but our home meet was a very good start for our team.” – Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni
-On Friday, the Hawks racked up multiple field wins. Tim Wilson won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 186’10”. Corey Murphy won the men’s discus with a throw of 178’6”. Monmouth took the top two spots in the women’s javelin, with Faith Blamon winning (149’2”) and Stephanie Roones placing second (134’6”). Mark Orlando placed second in the men’s javelin, while Kennisha Okereke took second in the women’s hammer.
-In the field of 47, Domoah Kutu-Akoi placed fifth in the women’s 100 meter dash (12.64).
-The Hawks took four out of the top six spots in the women’s 400 meter dash, with Tionna Garner taking first and qualifying for ECAC/IC4A’s in 55.21. The Hawks also took the top two spots in the women’s 800 meter run, as Jenna Cupp took first (2:10.98) and Danielle Leavitt placed second (2:12.95).
-Senior Molly McKeon dominated the women’s 3000 meter run and qualified for ECAC/IC4A’s, finishing in 9:58.38 which was more than 16 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.
-Freshman Viviane Orleans picked up the win during the women’s 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 14.69 seconds. Veteran Andrea Olsen earned another hurdles victory for Monmouth, crossing in 1:02.73 in the 400 meter variety.
-Facing over 25 athletes, Kutu-Akoi placed second in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.38 meters. Freshman Mariah Hubbard won the women’s triple jump, notching 11.09 meters.
-In the women’s shot put, Allison Taub placed second overall and qualified for postseason with a 13.64 meter throw. Freshman Jordan Wildermuth was right behind her in third with a throw of 13.08 meters.
-In the men’s 100 meter dash, freshman Peter Guerriero and junior Bryan Sosoo shared the win, as they both finished in 10.86. Guerriero also won the men’s 200 meter dash in a field of 74 with a time of 22.05.
-In a field of 55, Malcolm Chavis placed second in the men’s 400 meter dash after crossing in 49.20.
-Bryan Cabral earned a come from behind victory in the men’s 800 meter run, finishing in 1:53.59. ahead of 52 total runners.
-Freshman Ryan Rafferty took control during the men’s 3000 meter run, eventually winning the race in 8:40.17.
-Greg Stickle took second in the men’s 400 hurdles, crossing in 54.66 ahead of 27 other athletes. Harrison Bickmore tied for first in the men’s high jump and qualified for postseason (2.04m). Bobby Fisher tied for first in the men’s pole vault (4.35m), and Michael Pepper placed third during the men’s long jump (6.86m). Pepper also took second in the men’s triple jump with a 14.10-meter leap.
-Both the men (3:22.86) and women (3:55.67) won the 4x400 meter relay in one of the last events of the meet.
The Hawks will compete on the road for the rest of the season, starting with the Colonial Relays. Monmouth will travel to Williamsburg, VA from March 30 to April 1.
1) Monmouth 266
2) Sacred Heart 162
3) Manhattan 109
4) St. Joseph's (Pa.) 100
5) Wagner 57
6) Siena 41
7) Marist 14
7) New Jersey Institute 14
9) Niagara 11
1) Monmouth 335.5
2) Manhattan 120
3) Sacred Heart 92
4) Marist 89
5) New Jersey Institute 60
6) Wagner 58.5
7) Siena 50
8) St. Joseph's (Pa.) 38
9) St. Francis (N.Y.) 5