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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information

HAWKS COMPETE AT DAY ONE OF MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: February 18, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY –  The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field teams began competition in the 2017 MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday evening at New Balance Armory Track and Field Center.

A pair of Monmouth student-athletes won their respective events as Casey Sturts took the top spot in the women’s pole vault, Jordan Wildermuth was crowned a MAAC Champion in the women’s weight throw.

In addition, the Hawks closed the night with a victory in the women’s distance medley relay as the group of Danielle Leavitt, Chandi Piiru, Tionna Garner and Jenna Cupp combined to win the event for Monmouth for the second straight year.

Many of Saturday’s running events were preliminary races ahead of Sunday’s finals.

NOTES & QUOTES
"We missed a few opportunities today, but overall both teams competed very tough. Tomorrow will be a very exciting and competitive day for sure.”
 – Head Coach Joe Compagni

- Senior Casey Sturts won the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.75m and qualified for the ECACs.
- Freshman Jordan Wildermuth took first in the women's weight throw with a distance of 17.57m.
- Danielle Leavitt, Chandi Piiru, Tionna Garner and Jenna Cupp clocked in at 11:52.44 to win the women’s distance medley relay.
- The men’s distance medley relay group of Ryan Rafferty, Jack Grace, Bryan Cabral and Kevin Summonte finished in 10:10, good for third place.
- The Hawks combined to earn 14 points in the women’s long jump, highlighted by a third-place finish by Ashley McKinnon (5.66m).  
- In the men’s long jump, Monmouth picked up 14 points, led by Harry Bickmore’s third-place jump of 7.25m.
- Bickmore added a fourth-place mark of 1.94m in the high jump, while Benjamin Pierce tied for sixth (1.89m).
- Four Monmouth throwers placed in the men’s weight throw, including senior Tim Wilson’s second-place mark of 19.97 meters.
- Maggie Hanlon took fifth in the women’s 5000 meter final with a time of 17:42.76.
- Jenna Cupp and Danielle Leavitt both advanced to Sunday’s final in the women’s mile.
- Domenic D’Agostino qualified for Sunday’s final in the men’s mile.
- Viviane Orleans advanced to Sunday’s final in the women’s 60 meter hurdles
- Domoah Kutu-Akoi, Ashley McKinnon and Emily Schroepfer each moved on to the finals the 60 meter dash.
- Bryan Sosoo and Peter Guerriero each advanced to Sunday’s final in both the men’s 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.
- Monmouth had the top three finishes in the women’s 400 meter dash, led by Andrea Olsen. McKenna Coakley and Nioami Miranda placed second and third, respectively. Olsen and Miranda also advanced in the 200 meter dash, along with Antoniette Isekenegbe.
- Malcolm Chavis and Greg Stickle moved on to Sunday’s final in the men’s 400 meter dash.
- Five Monmouth runners advanced in the women’s 800 meter run, led by Brianna Stratz. All five to advance finished in the top six of Saturday’s preliminary times.

 NUMBERS CRUNCH
- Tim Wilson (8 points), Troy Andretta (6 points, 18.14m) and Vince Santarsiero (5 points, 17.39m) took second, third and fourth respectively in the men’s weight throw. Taylor Carson (15.79m) was eighth.
- Placing behind Ashley McKinnon in the long jump was Patrice Baston (fifth – 5.62m), Domoah Kutu-Akoi (sixth – 5.56m) and Mariah Hubbard (eighth – 5.40m).
- Michael Pepper (fifth – 7.13m), Benjamin Pierce (seventh – 7.03m) and Greg Stickle (eighth - 6.89m) finished behind Bickmore in the long jump.
- Jenna Cupp placed first in heat one of the women’s mile and her time of 5:03.2 was second overall. Danielle Leavitt finished third in heat one and ninth overall at 5:08.1.
- Domenic D’Agostino finished his mile in 4:15.1, good for first in heat one and seventh overall.
- Viviane Orleans’ time of 8.78 in the 60 meter hurdles was fourth overall, and second in her heat.
- Domoah Kutu-Akoi (7.74) was the fastest of Monmouth’s three qualifiers in the 60 meter dash.
- Bryan Sosoo and Peter Guerriero were the two top runners in the men’s 60 meter dash as Sosoo clocked in at 6.82. Guerriero was first in the 200 meter dash (21.79) and Sosoo placed third.
- Andrea Olsen’s time of 57.02 in the 400 meter dash was the fastest of 28 competitors and 0.66 faster than teammate McKenna Coakley. Olsen was third overall in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.45.
- Malcolm Chavis (48.92) took the top spot in the prelims of the 400 meter dash and Greg Stickle (49.96) claimed the final spot in the event.

NEXT UP
Monmouth will continue competition at the 2017 Indoor Track and Field Championships, which resume on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

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