SOSOO PACES HAWKS WITH PAIR OF WINS AT 2017 WINTER COLLEGE INVITE
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth men’s and women’s track and field teams cruised to victories over five other Division I teams at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invite which wrapped up on Saturday at the OceanFirst Bank Center.
Junior Bryan Sosoo claimed first with a new meet record of 6.82 seconds in the 60m dash, then went on to win the triple jump, clearing 48’ 4”.
Sophomore Allison Taub won the shot put with her throw of 46’ 3 ¼” while junior Domoah Kutu-Akoi took gold in the 60m crossing the tape in 7.97. Kutu-Akoi won the women’s long jump and qualified for the ECAC championships with a distance of 5.87m on Friday with senior Molly McKeon winning the 3k in 10:04.87.
Sophomore Andrew Tummino was the first collegian in the shot put, throwing 54’ 1 ¼” while freshman Peter Guerriero was third in the 60m with a time of 7.11. Monmouth sprinters dominated the women’s 60m hurdles, five of the first six spots. Freshman Viviane Orleans was first coming in at 8.97, while sophomore Dana Lynch was second with a time of 9.09. Monmouth junior Jack Grace won the 500m after crossing the line in 1:05.19.
Freshman Owoh Faustina’s jump 37’ 5 ¾” in the triple won the event with sophomore Patrice Baston earning a silver medal, clearing 36’ ¾”. Sophomore Chloe Angelini and Sturts tied for second in the high jump (5’ 3”) with Sturts winning the pole vault (3.55m). The 400m dash found Chandi Piiru and Brianna Stratz finished 1-2, with Piiru winning with a time of 58.14. The Hawks went 1-2-3 with Antoniette Isekenegbe (25.80), Andrea Olson (26.08) and Nioami Miranda (26.15) earning medals.
Notes and Quotes
“It was a great meet, we had 21 total teams, some had partial squads some had their whole team. The Throwers got it started on Thursday at the Millrose games and the team carried their success in to the weekend.” – Monmouth Head Coach Joe Compagni
“We were not where we needed to be during the fall but since we have come back in January every week we have gotten better. That is crucial for us because what is the most important to us is the end of the season and that is coming very fast.” – Coach Compagni
“Today was nice because some people were able to do a regular event some people did an off event and we were able to compete at a two-day event like next week’s MAAC Champioships will be.” Coach Compagni.
· Wilson won the Millrose Games weight throw event on Thursday night, becoming Monmouth’s first ever individual champion at the prestigious event
· The women’s throwers also went 1-2-3 in the weight throw as Freshman Jordan Wildermuth won the women's weight throw with a mark of 17.35m, Kennisha Okereke placed second (17.32m) and Alicia Hester was third, throwing 17.13m. All three surpassed ECAC qualifying standards
· Hawk harriers went 1-2-3 in the mile, with Danielle Levitt taking first with a time of 5:08.71
· Other division I teams at the meet included Saint Peter’s, Lafayette, Saint Joseph’s, NJIT and Rider
· Tyrell Gibbs’ 60m hurdle time of 8.49 was good enough for silver
· Kyle Meuller took second in the mile (5:25.80) with Monmouth taking also taking spots 4 thru 8
· Rafferty’s time of 2:35.90 was second overall in the men’s 1000m
· D’Agostino and Kevin Summonte went 1-2 (among collegians) in the 800m
· Dan Gilligan’s shot toss of 53’ ¼” was fifth
· Wildermuth (44’ 9 ½”) was fourth and Hester (42’ 9”) were fourth and sixth, respectively in the shot put
· Harrison Bickmore’s high jump of 6’ 2 ¾” was fourth while Natalie Negroni took fifth for the women (5’ 1”)
Monmouth will compete for the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship next Saturday and Sunday at the NY Armory. Both Monmouth’s men’s and women’s teams have won three consecutive MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
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