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TRACK AND FIELD SHINES AT PENN RELAYS AND LEHIGH

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: April 29, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA / BETHLEHEM, PA –
The Monmouth University men's and women's outdoor track and field teams competed at the 123rd Annual Penn Relays, as well as the Lehigh Games this weekend, breaking four school records and winning several events.

Highlights from each event are broken down below by location.

“We had a few areas where the results were not what we were shooting for this weekend, but overall we had some amazing performances. Having our women's 4x800 right near the front in a Championship race was certainly a huge highlight for our program. In that event and in others, we were able to compete with some of the best teams in the country in front of a huge crowd.”

- Head Coach Joe Compagni

Penn Relays

- Chandi Piiru, Jenna Cupp, Tionna Garner and Brianna Stratz finished sixth in the Championship of America 4x800 meter relay final with a Monmouth school-record time of 8:33.19. The 5 schools just in front of Monmouth were Villanova, Penn State, Stanford, Duke and UConn.

- Brianna Piazza, Viviane Orleans, Andrea Olsen and Antoniette Isekenegbe combined to qualify for the ECAC Final with a school-record time of 1:39.35 in the 4x200 meter relay. On Saturday, the Hawks team of Piazza, Olsen, Orleans and Nioami Miranda took sixth in the ECAC 4x200 meter final with a time of 1:40.91.

- Ashley McKinnon, Domoah Kutu-Akoi, Emily Schroepfer and Piazza set an ECAC qualifying time of 47.93 in the 4x100 relay.

- With a time of 58.45 in the shuttle hurdles, Dana Lynch, Viviane Orleans, Stephanie Sparacino and Andrea Olsen recorded the second-best time in Monmouth history.

- Casey Sturts took second in the women's pole vault by clearing 12'5.5".

- Junior Corey Murphy also secured a second-place finish in the men's discus with a throw of 53.72m (176'2"). Murphy finished behind Notre Dame's Anthony Shivers.

- Murphy placed fourth in the Championship shot put with a distance of 18.47m (60'7.25").

- Allison Taub placed ninth in the women's shot put with a toss of 14.40m (47'3”).

-Tim Wilson made the finals and finished 9th in the Championship Hammer, throwing 197'11: (60.33m).

- Kennisha Okereke led four Monmouth competitors in the women's hammer throw by hitting 53.20m (174'6").

- In the championship javelin, Faith Blamon (4th) and Stephanie Roones (9th) each earned top-10 finishes for the Hawks. Blamon's mark was 47.85m (150'5”), while Roones registered a distance of 43.53m (142'9”).

- The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Jack Grace, Tim Van Cauwenberge, Pete Guerriero and Greg Stickle placed third in their heat with a time of 3:19.81.

-Attendance over three days at The Penn Relays was 108,912, with a crowd of 47,420 at Franklin Field for Saturday's events alone.

Lehigh Games

- Alicia Hester became the new Monmouth hammer throw record holder with a throw of 57.34m (188'2"), topping the mark of 188'0” previously held by Symmone Fisher.

- Senior Casey Sturts also set a Monmouth record in the women's pole vault with a first-place height of 3.87m (12'8.25”). Classmate Megan Gambuti also took third in the same event, clearing 11' 

- Junior Dean McDonald (first – 4.70m), along with senior Bobby Fisher and freshman Nicholas Vail-Stein (T-third – 4.25m) put three Hawks in the top six of the men's pole vault.

- Junior Tim Wilson's distance of 62.03m in the men's hammer throw gave him the win in the event, with Troy Andretta, Vince Santarsiero and George Martin finishing 3-7-8 for Monmouth.

- Senior Gerard Sclafani finished third overall at the Lehigh Games in the men's 5000 meter race when he crossed the line in 16:08.71.

- Freshman Evan Adams turned in a second place leap in the men's high jump at 1.90m. Right behind Adams was classmate Benjamin Pierce at 1.85m.

- Pierce also placed fifth in the men's long jump with a distance of 6.76m.

- Sophomore Patrice Barton was fourth in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.34m.

- Sophomore Natalie Negroni's personal best of 1:05.21 in the 400 hurdles was good enough to earn her a second-place finish.

- Sophomore Ryan Rafferty was fifth overall and fourth among collegiate competitors in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.20.

- Sophomore Andrew Tummino (46.80m) and freshman Brandon Davis (45.33m) took third and fifth, respectively, in the men's discus.

- Senior Tyrell Gibbs took fourth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.

- Four of the top eight spots in the women's shot put went to Monmouth throwers, led by a huge mark of 14.91m (48'11") from sophomore Allison Taub. Taub's mark is second in school history.

- Monmouth had a pair of fourth-place finishers on both sides of the javelin, with sophomores Liam Onbashian (56.15m) and Kristen Kowalski (39.80m).

UP NEXT
The Hawks continue competition next weekend at the MAAC Championships, which will be held in Lawrenceville, NJ on Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7.

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