BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The MU men’s and women’s track and field teams each took first place at the Angry Birds Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday. Five Hawks won multiple events on the day as Monmouth posted another strong day at Rauch Field House.
Mariah Toussaint (Tulsa, Okla./Brooke Point/Midland) built on her strong performance a week ago, winning the 60 meter dash in 7.76 seconds. Lachelle Wallace (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) placed third in the 60, just .05 seconds behind Toussaint. In the men’s 60 meter dash, Eric Kahana (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) raced to a win in 6.95 seconds, good for IC4A qualifying marks. The top five finishers in the men’s 60 meter dash broke the previous Rauch Field House facility record, including Tevrin Brandon (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic/UConn), who finished third with a time of 7.09 seconds. Kahana also claimed first place in the 200 meter dash, edging out the second place finisher by .03 seconds with a time of 22.36. Kim McKinnon (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) placed first in the women’s 200 with a 27.15 second time.
Monmouth grabbed first place in both the men’s and women’s 400, as Ben Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) won the men’s side with a 49.78 second time, a facility record and Kate Frye (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) won the women’s race in 58.38 seconds. Andrew Langille (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I.) was a winner in the 800 meter run, with Khari Bowen (Monroe, N.J./Monroe Township) crossing in third. The top four finishers in the women’s 800 were all from Monmouth, as four freshmen took the top four spots for MU. Zoya Naumov (Bellatera, Spain/FMTE/Ramon Fuste Bellatera) won the race in 2:18.36, followed closely by classmates Tionna Garner (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy), Jenna Cupp (Newark Valley, N.Y./Newark Valley), and Jessica Ball (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip). Naumov’s time was a facility record, and all four broke the previous record in the event.
Frye’s second win of the day came in the 60 meter hurdles, where she bested 18 competitors in setting a facility record and an recording an ECAC qualifying time of 8.74 seconds. Jalen Walker (Burlington, N.J./BCIT/Burlington Township) completed the event sweep for the Hawks, winning the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.18 seconds, an IC4A qualifying time and a Rauch Field House record.
Sydney Engelberger (Great Barrington, Mass./Monument Mountain RHS) took second place in the women’s 3000 meter run, while Danielle Branco (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) claimed second in the 5000 meter run. Kevin Summonte (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) finished second in a closely contested 5000 meter run on the men’s side, falling just shy of the winner. The top three men’s finishers in the mile all came from Monmouth, as Bowen won the event with a 4:17.44 mile, the fastest ever run at Rauch Field House. Not far behind were Domenick D’Agostino (Wallington, N.J./Wallington) and Graham Huggins-Filozof (Freewood Acres, N.J./Freehold Township).
The Monmouth women won the distance medley relay, as the group of Naumov, Cupp, Garner and Kendal Hand (Howell, N.J./Howell) completed the relay in 12: 39.31 to claim first. The MU women also won the 4x400 relay, with Frye, Antoinette Isekenegbe (Vineland, N.J./Vineland), Laura Williams (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Township), and Andrea Olsen (Estell Manor, N.J./Buena Regional) besting the field in just over four minutes. The men’s 4x400 squad finished second.
In the field events, Toussaint won her second event of the day in the long jump, jumping 20 feet, 5 ¾ inches, shattering the facility record. George Alexandris (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) won the men’s long jump with a mark of 23’ 2 1/2”, a facility record and an ECAC qualifying mark. Toussaint competed in the high jump and took second place, while the highest MU men’s finisher in the high jump was Joey Marini (Lincoln Park, N.J./Boonton), who came in fourth place. Monmouth swept the triple jump, with Kim Price (Wilmington, Del./Concord) winning with a jump of just over 37 feet. Marini won his second event with a 47’ 6 1/4” jump that also was an ECAC qualifying mark.
The shot put proved to be no different for the Hawks, as Errol Jeffrey won the event yet again, with a mark this time of 60’ 2 ½”. Rachel Aliotta (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) and Tilah Young (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) finished one-two in the shot put, followed by teammate Amber Brown (South Brunswick, N.J./South Brunswick) in third. The same athletes proved to be strong in the weight throw, as Jeffrey won that also. Aliotta and Young finished second and third respectively in the women’s weight throw. Finally, in the pole vault, Lauren McDonald (Roseland, N.J./West Essex Regional) qualified with ECAC marks and finished in first, while Bobby Fisher (Delran, N.J./Delran) took second on the men’s side.
The track and field squads return to action next weekend, with three events scheduled for the teams between Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25.