TRACK AND FIELD LEADS WAY AFTER DAY ONE OF MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lawrenceville, NJ– After the first day of the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, both the Monmouth University men and women sit atop of the leaderboard heading into Sunday's final day.
The women compiled 80 points through six events on Saturday. The Hawks, who lead second-place Rider by 41 points, were paced in the field by Faith Blamon's and Kennisha Okereke's first place results in the javelin and weight throw.
The men scored 58 points to sit four points ahead of Manhattan through five scored events. The Hawks men's squad secured five top-three finishes on the day, highlighted by Mark Orlando's first place result in the javelin.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The men had some really strong performances and almost missed opportunities in some places. The women scored well in the finals that were today and have a good group that advanced to tomorrow's finals. Both teams have an opportunity to battle for a title tomorrow, which is where you want to be.”
-Joe Compagni, Head Coach
- Faith Blamon, Stephanie Roones and Kristin Krier occupied three of the top-four spots in the javelin throw. Blamon hurled for 49.56m to move into second place in school history in the event, while Roones recorded a throw of 45.20m to earn second. Krier's mark of 39.10 was good for fourth.
- Rachael Baker ran a time of 11:01.48 to finish fourth in the steeplechase.
- Casey Sturts vaulted her way to second place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.70m.
- Domoah Kutu-Akoi cleared 5.83m to land in third in the long jump. The junior also qualified for the 100 meter dash finals with a time of 12.32. She will be joined in the event on Sunday by Emily Schroepfer who ran 12.66.
- Antoniette Isekenegbe (58.18), Niomai Miranda (58.32), Chandi Piiru (58.53), Mackenzie Todd (59.93) will all be featured in the 400 meter dash finals. Isekenegbe and Miranda will be joined by Brianna Piazza in the 200 meter dash finals.
- Harrison Bickmore's first jump of 7.17m landed him in second in the long jump. Michael Pepper claimed fifth, registering a jump of 7.05m.
- Kyle Mueller clocked in at 31:11.79 to earn third in the 10,000 meter run.
- Bryan Sosoo and Peter Guerriero paced the field with times of 10.97 and 11.18, respectively, to move into tomorrow's 100 meter dash finals. The duo, along with Malcolm Chavis will compete in the 200 meter dash finals.
- Tyrell Gibbs ran 15.50 in the 110 meter hurdles to be the lone Hawk represented in the finals.
- Malcolm Chavis secured his spot in the 400 meter dash finals with a qualifying mark of 49.71.
- Tim Van Cauwenberge ran his way into the 400 meter finals, crossing the finish line in 57.09.
The final day of the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships will feature 16 men's final and 15 women's finals from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Live results can be found here.