WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD CLAIM FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MAAC TITLE
NEW YORK, NY- The Monmouth University women’s track & field team cruised to their fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title on Sunday night, scoring more than 71 points to the next closest team. Monmouth’s men’s squad finished in second place, falling to Rider by a mere three points, snapping their run of three consecutive MAAC Championships.
Monmouth senior Casey Sturts (Dorothy, NJ/Buena Regional) was named Most Outstanding Field Performer while Jordan Wildermuth (Oak Ridge, NJ/Jefferson Township) earned Rookie Field Performer of the Meet. Junior Bryan Sosoo (Laurel, MD/Reservoir), who won two events, was named Most Outstanding Track Performer while Daniel Gilligan (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) earned Rookie Field Performer of the Meet. Head Coach Joe Compagni earned Women’s Coach of the Year honors.
Sturts won the pole vault by clearing 3.75m then claimed bronze in the high jump, clearing 1.70m. Freshman standout Jordan Wildermuth (Oak Ridge, NJ/Jefferson Township) finished second with a throw of 13.71m a day after winning the weight throw with a mark of 17.57m.
Jenna Cupp (Newark Valley, NY/Newark Valley) started up day two with a win in the mile (4:57.68) to push Monmouth’s team lead. Tionna Garner (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Catholic) took first in the 800m with Cupp coming in second. The Hawks got another gold out of sophomore Allison Taub (Holland, PA/Council Rock South) in the shot put- winning with a throw of 14.04. Andrea Olsen (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) won the 400m with a time of 56.82 followed by McKenna Coakley (Port Ridge, NJ/Woodbridge in second place (57.53).
Mariah Hubbard’s (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) mark of 11.99m in the triple jump won the event for the MU freshman. Domoah Kutu-Akoi (Silver Spring, MD/John F. Kennedy) was third in the 60m dash with a time of 7.71.
Sosoo put together an impressive performance for the Hawks, winning the 200m with a time of 22.12 and the 60m dash in 6.77. Gilligan was second in the shot put with 16.83m and senior captain Malcom Chavis (Landing, NJ/Roxbury) won the 400m, crossing the tape in 49.57.
Mike Pepper (Ramsey, NJ/Ramsey) cleared 14.67 in the triple jump to earn a silver medal and eight team points for Monmouth. Peter Guerriero (Lyndhurst, NJ/Lyndhurst) earned a bronze medal with his time of 6.98 in the 60m dash. Junior Dean McDonald (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) finished second in the pole vault, qualifying for IC4As while tying a school record at 4.80m.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The women have been getting stronger and stronger the last few weeks and had a tremendous team performance this weekend.” Head coach Joe Compagni
“The Men also competed very tough all weekend and came just short of earning the title.” Coach Compagni
· The women’s team have won four straight MAAC titles and seven straight overall conference titles (last loss was 2011)
· The Coach of the Year honors was the 47th for Head Coach Joe Compagni and his staff
· The men’s second place finish was the first time the Hawks have lost a conference meet since 2011
· It was the 45th conference championship for the Monmouth Cross Country/Track & Field program
· The women scored 208.50 points with Rider coming in second with 137 points. No other team registered more than 100 points in the meet
· The men tallied 146 points, three behind Rider’s 149. Iona took third with 116 points and Manhattan was fourth with 113.50
· Both the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay teams claimed victories. The women’s team consisted of Isekenegbe, Driver, Piiru and Garner while the men featured Grace, Stickle, Cabral and Chavis
· Sosoo also earned team points for the Hawks with a triple jump of 14.45m, with the Hawks going 2-6-7 in the event. Darius Howe was sixth with a mark of 14.46m
· Danielle Leavitt took sixth in the mile with Megan Gambuti clearing 10’ in the pole vault for fourth
· Hawks went 1-3-4-5-8 in the women’s 800m final
· Captain Faith Blamon was seventh in the shot put with a PR throw of 12.73m
· Dom D’Agostino earned a fifth place finish in the men’s mile
Members of the Hawks will look to qualify for postseason on February 25 at the Fastrack Last Chance, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.