NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Monmouth University track and field teams wrapped up a weekend featuring two meets, beginning on Friday at the Bison Open and Multi at Bucknell University and continuing with events on Saturday at the New York Armory in the Columbia Lions’ Invitational. Several Hawks had strong performances on the weekend.
At the Columbia Lions’ Invitational on Saturday, freshman Dylan Capwell (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) set a Monmouth freshman record and ran the second fastest time in school history in the 800, finishing third in 1:50.81. He was joined in the 800 by teammate Andrew Langille (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I.), who finished sixth. The pair teamed up with Khari Bowen (Monroe, N.J./Monroe Township) and Alex Leight (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) later on in the day to win the 4x800 relay, setting a school record that had stood since 2005 in 7:36.89.
In the 3000 meter run, Domenick D’Agostino (Wallington, N.J./Wallington) ran the second fastest time in school history at 8:22.62, also an IC4A qualifying mark. The Hawks put five competitors in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles, with Jalen Walker (Burlington, N.J./BCIT/Burlington Township) and Geordan Ferguson (Lakehurst, N.J./Manchester Township) finishing one-two at 8.08 seconds. Eric Kahana (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) ran a strong 200 for MU, crossing in 22.23 seconds.
In the triple jump, it was Joey Marini (Lincoln Park, N.J./Boonton) placing third for the Hawks with a mark of 46' 11". Errol Jeffrey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Transit Tech/Bronx C.C.) placed second overall in the shot put, throwing 58’ 8 ½“, and also took second in the weight throw with a career best throw and one of the top tosses in the East so far this year. His weight throw mark came in at over 63 feet, at 63' 9 3/4".
On the women’s side at Columbia, MU took home a win in the 4x800 relay, setting a freshman record with a time of 9:08.43. Tionna Garner (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy), Zoya Naumov (Bellaterra, Spain/FMTE/Ramon Fuste Bellaterra), Jessica Ball (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), and Jenna Cupp (Newark Valley, N.Y./Newark Valley) comprised that relay group. Sydney Engelberger (Great Barrington, Mass./Monument Mountain RHS) and Cupp both posted solid times in the mile, coming in at 5:00.47 and 5:01.70 respectively. Garner and Naumov both posted ECAC qualifying times in the 800, finishing third and fourth respectively at 1:14.80 and 1:15.94.
Kate Frye (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) placed third in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.79 seconds, and claimed third place again in the 400, racing the track in 56.65 seconds. In the 60 meter dash, Lachelle Wallace (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) was .01 seconds off of a school record, running her best time in the preliminaries at 7.69. Mariah Toussaint (Tulsa, Okla./Brooke Point/Midland) also came close to a school record, closing out just .06 seconds off the school high mark in the 200 at 24.67, finishing third. Toussaint also won the long jump over 20 other competitors with a jump of 20 feet, 5 inches.
The women’s weight throw saw Monmouth place three of the top six finishers, led by Tilah Young (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) in second place at 56' 2". Amber Brown (South Brunswick, N.J./South Brunswick) led MU in the shot put with a fourth place mark, throwing 42 feet, 3 inches. Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) continued to rank atop the pole vaulting charts week after week, finishing third at Columbia in the event with a vault of 11 feet, 8 inches. Kim Price (Wilmington, Del./Concord) finished sixth in the triple jump at 36 feet, 8 inches. Finally, four of the top nine finishers in the women’s 400 were Hawks, led by Frye in third and Laura Williams (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Township) in fourth.
At Bucknell in the women’s pentathlon, Michaela Read (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan/Bucknell) took first overall with 3,300 points. She ran the 60 meter hurdles in 9.34 seconds, while clearing 5’ ¾” in the high jump. Her shot put of over 33 feet was the second longest toss on the day, and she soared 17 feet in the long jump. Freshman Casey Sturts (Dorothy, N.J./Buena Regional) earned 2,817 points, good for fifth place in the pentathlon. She ran the 60 hurdles in 9.84 seconds, and leapt 5 feet, 2 ¼ inches in the high jump. In the long jump, Sturts cleared 15’ 5”, and ran the 800 in 2:41.39.
Among other events featuring MU competitors Saturday at Bucknell included the long jump, high jump, and triple jump. Victoria Miskel (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16’ 9 ¾”. Miskel also competed in the triple jump, finishing fourth with a jump of 35’ 2 ½“. On the men’s side, it was Liam Vogt (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) notching a third place finish in the long jump, leaping 22’ 2 ½“. Jake Bartlett (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) was a seventh place finisher in the high jump, totaling 6 feet, 2 ¼ inches.
The teams continue the indoor season next weekend with a pair of meets, including the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday as well as the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Open on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in The MAC.