PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at a pair of events on Saturday, with a group still participating in the third day of the 2014 Penn Relays as well as multiple others traveling to the Lehigh Games.
At the Penn Relays, both the men’s and women’s 4x800 teams both broke school records. The men’s group, participating in the Championship of America 4x800 for the first time ever, saw Andrew Langille (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I.), Domenick D’Agostino (Wallington, N.J./Wallington), Alex Leight (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and Dylan Capwell (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) run a time of 7:27, an eighth place finish and a school record. The school record stood for 15 years prior to Saturday. The women’s 4x800 squad of Tionna Garner (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy), Zoya Naumov (Bellaterra, Spain/FMTE/Ramon Fuste Bellaterra), Jenna Cupp (Newark Valley, N.Y./Newark Valley) and Abby Baker (Hanson, Mass./Whitman Hanson Regional) also broke a Monmouth record, finishing in 8:53. The women were also in the Championship of America for the first time in program history.
Elsewhere at the Penn Relays, Vincent DuVernois (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) took fourth in the Championship of America javelin with a mark of 220’9”. He was trailed just narrowly by McLean Lipschutz (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville), who took fifth at 220’1”. Zach Torrell (Manahawkin, N.J./Lacey Township) threw 223’1” in the college javelin to finish third.
At the Lehigh Games, Michaela Read (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan/Bucknell) finished third in the high jump with a mark of 5’3”. Jenna Colacci (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) and Casey Sturts (Dorothy, N.J./Buena Regional) went 4’11” to tie for fifth in the high jump. Sturts also took second in the pole vault with a mark of 10’ 11 ¾“. Victoria Miskel (Yardsley, Pa./Pennsbury) won the women’s long jump at 17’ ½“. Taylor Johnson (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) won the discus with a mark of 149’3”, and Aziza Ahmed (Princeton, N.J./Hightstown) was just behind in second. Amber Brown (South Brunswick, N.J./South Brunswick) won the women’s shot put with a mark of 38’4 ¾“.
On the track, Lucia Montefusco (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) finished third with a time of 4:51.14, and Lennon Cooper (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) was fourth in 4:53.36. Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) won the 100 meter dash in 12.82 seconds. Three Hawks finished in the top five in the 400 meter hurdles, with McKenna Coakley (Port Reading, N.J./Woodbridge) winning in 1:04.21. Nia Driver (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) finished just tenths of a second back for second, and Noel Labb (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) came in fifth. McDonald also came in second in the 200, finishing in 26.04.
In the men’s pole vault, Colton Lambert (Howell, N.J./Howell) finished fifth with a mark of 13’11 ¼“. Three Hawks were in the top five of the long jump, with Liam Vogt (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) taking first at 23 1’ ¼”. Joey Marini (Lincoln Park, N.J./Boonton) was fourth at 21’10”, and George Alexandris (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) was just inches behind in fifth. Those same three also were top five in the triple jump, this time with Marini taking first in 47’1”. Vogt was less than five feet back in second, and Alexandris was not further behind in fourth. Taylor Bernstein (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville Township) took second in the discus with a toss of 156’6”, and Spencer Dimock (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) was fourth at 144’7”. In the hammer throw, Tim Wilson (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) took second with a mark of 177’2”, and Wulf Sutcliffe (Mt. Gretna, Pa./Cedar Crest) took third. Chris Norcross (Pennsauken, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) was the fifth place finisher in the javelin, marking at 159’10”. The men’s shot put saw Tevin Kirby-Stewart (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) take second at 56’ 2 ½“, and Shane Carle (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) finish just behind that in third and Bernstein in fourth. Robbie Robinson (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) was fifth in the 100 meter dash in 11.57 seconds, and Chris Solda (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) was fifth in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:57.26.
The Hawks will compete in the MAAC Championships next weekend at Rider University.