MONMOUTH TRACK AND FIELD OPENS SEASON WITH PAIR OF WINS
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- The Monmouth men’s and women’s track and field teams both took first place in the Fifth Annual MAC Classic on Saturday afternoon to open their respective indoor seasons in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Monmouth bested former NEC foe Wagner as well as Stevens to sweep the day. With the wins, MU remains undefeated all-time in The MAC since it’s opening in 2009.
The first event of the day, the pole vault, saw MU sweep the women’s top five with Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) winning the women’s side, clearing a height of 11 feet, 6 ¼ inches. Brittany Papa (Augusta, N.J./High Point Regional) placed second, followed by freshman Casey Sturts (Dorothy, N.J./Buena Regional). Tracey Masterson (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) and Danielle Cruickshank (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) rounded out the top-five. In the men’s pole vault, Colton Lambert (Howell, N.J./Howell) vaulted 14 feet, 2 ¾ inches to take second, just under seven inches behind Wagner’s Skylar Johnson. Tyler Poland (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) was the third place finisher.
The Hawks took home first place in the men’s and women’s shot put, with Errol Jeffrey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Transit Tech/Bronx C.C.) starting his season strong with a throw of 59 feet, 10 ¼ inches to best 21 competitors and qualify for IC4A’s. Tevin Kirby-Stewart (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placed third overall. Rachel Aliotta (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) won the women’s shot put, putting up a mark of 46 feet, 3 ¼ inches to top 11 in the field, earning qualification with the ECAC. She was followed closely by Tilah Young (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat), who notched a third place finish with a throw of 39 feet, 8 ¾ inches.
The weight throw saw the top six finishers on the men’s side come from Monmouth, with Jeffrey winning the event by throwing a mark of 63 feet, 2 ¾ inches, also an IC4A qualifying mark. Freshman Tim Wilson (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) placed second and Wulf Sutcliffe (Mt. Gretna, Pa./Cedar Crest) finished third, helping lead a strong MU showing in the weight throw. It was Young and Aliotta again in the women’s weight throw, finishing back-to-back at the top of the field with throws of 58 feet, 8 ½ inches and 55 feet, 1 ½ inches respectively. They were joined by Taylor Johnson (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional), who earned a third place mark.
Two Monmouth newcomers, freshman Anastasia Atkinson (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) and sophomore Rayn Moses (Paterson, N.J./Hasbrouck Heights), placed second and third in the long jump respectively, as Atkinson recorded a jump of 17’ 4 ¼ , and Moses was just over four inches behind that spot. More MU freshmen succeeded in the men’s long jump, as a pair of first-year Hawks placed in the top two spots. George Alexandris (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) won the event, jumping 23’ 4, and he was trailed narrowly by Austin Merritt (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison), who finished four inches behind Alexandris.
Liam Vogt (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) came in second in the triple jump, coming up just shy of a 48 foot mark. On the women’s side, the top four finishers in the triple jump came from Monmouth, as Kim Price (Wilmington, Del./Concord) won the event with a leap of 37 feet, 4 ½ inches. Atkinson and Moses filled in the second and third place spots, with freshman Victoria Miskel (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) owning fourth.
Michaela Read (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan/Bucknell) was the top MU finisher in the high jump, finishing third of seven competitors with a 5’ 5 leap. Ed Kramer (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) paced the men in the event, finishing second after clearing six feet, 4 ¼ inches. Kramer took seven points in the event, with the top finisher competing unattached.
In the track events, Eric Kahana (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) raced the 60 meter dash in 6.93 seconds to win the 60m, good for IC4A qualifiers. Kahana narrowly edged five of his teammates, as Monmouth saw five straight Hawks cross in 4th-8th places, all less than a half-second behind Kahana. Lachelle Wallace (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) placed second in the women’s 60m, but took home first place points with the top finisher racing unattached. Wallace crossed in 7.82 seconds, with McDonald close behind at 8.02 in fourth.
The 60 meter hurdles saw the Monmouth women come across second through fourth, all with times within a half second of nine seconds. Kate Frye (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) notched the second place finish in 9.03 seconds. The men saw similar success in the 60 meter hurdles, sweeping the top-five. Jalen Walker (Burlington, N.J./BCIT/Burlington Township) won the event with a time of 8.21 seconds, edging teammate Geordan Ferguson (Lakehurst, N.J./Manchester Township) by .03 seconds. Both qualified for IC4A competition.
The 300 meter dash proved successful for the Blue and White, and the top four women were all Hawks. Laura Williams (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Township) was the winner, finishing in 41.02 seconds. After Frye came across in second, a pair of freshmen in Antoinette Isekenegbe (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) and Noel Labb (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) crossed to round out the top four. Ben Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) finished in second on the men’s side but picked up first place points for MU, falling to only one unattached competitor.
Freshman Dylan Capwell (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) turned in an impressive performance in the 600 meter run, winning it in 1:21.43. Tionna Garner (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy), running in her first event as a Hawk, led the women in the 600 with a fourth place mark. Both Capwell and Garner set school records in the 600 with their performances.
Marissa Felicetti (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) ran well in the 3000 meter run for the women, placing second in 11:06.96. Felicetti made a strong move to pass Heather Wolf of Wagner during the race. Alex Hershman (Elkins Park, Pa./Cheltenham) finished third and was the top MU finished in the 3000 meter run, crossing in 9:22.94.
In the relays, the women’s 4x400 team of Williams, Frye, Andrea Olsen (Estell Manor, N.J./Buena Regional), and McKenna Coakley (Port Reading, N.J,/Woodbridge) locked up the first place spot, finishing in 3:56.89.Their race set a new MAC facility record. The men saw similar results in the 4x400, as Boyd, Kahana, Ferguson and John Malespina (Park Ridge, N.J./Park Ridge) won the event as well. They finished in 3:23.10, more than nine seconds in front of Wagner’s second place group. Neither the Monmouth men nor women had a runner compete in the mile race.