– The Monmouth University track and field teams competed in the Greyhound Invitational this past weekend, as well as at the Larry Ellis Invite in Princeton, N.J. Multiple Hawks won events, and several more posted IC4A/ECAC qualifying marks.
Dylan Capwell (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) set a new school record in the 800 at Princeton on Friday, racing it in 1:49.40, and Mariah Toussaint (Tulsa, Okla./Brooke Point/Midland) posted a long jump of 20’ 9.75”, currently a top ten mark nationally. McLean Lipschutz (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville) recorded a javelin mark of 238’, also a top ten mark in the country this outdoor season.
Other highlights include the men’s 100, where Ahmier Dupree (Lakewood, N.J./Lakewood/Montclair State) won the event in 10.85 seconds and Eric Kahana (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) finished second in 10.92 seconds. Both marks are IC4A qualifiers, and the women’s 100 meter dash fared just as well. Four Hawks reached the finals, and Lachelle Wallace (Herndon, Va./South Lakes) finished in 12.02 seconds, good for ECAC qualification. Toussaint took second in 12.14 seconds. Ben Boyd (Port Murray, N.J./West Morris Central) won the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.82 seconds, and on the women’s side, it was Antoinette Isekenegbe (Vineland, N.J./Vineland) taking third in the 200. Boyd continued his strong day by winning the 400 also, with an IC4A mark of 48.06, while John Malespina (Park Ridge, N.J./Park Ridge) claimed fifth with a time of 49.49. Isekenegbe placed for the women in the 400 also.
Chris Solda (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) was the top MU finisher in the 800 at Moravian with a time of 1:56.71. In the 1500, Domenick D’Agostino (Wallington, N.J./Wallington) won in 3:56.72, and Khari Bowen () took fourth. Danielle Branco (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) won the women’s 1500, finishing in 4:42.58. Rachael Baker (Hanson, Mass./Whitman Hanson Regional) took sixth in the steeplechase, finishing in 11:56.41.
The 100m hurdles saw Jalen Walker (Burlington, N.J./BCIT/Burlington Township) qualify for IC4A’s with a first place finish and a time of 14.42. Two spots behind him in third was Stephen Adkisson (Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest). Four women advanced to the finals in the 100 hurdles, with Kate Frye (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) finishing in 14.39, good for first and Mel Lewis (Midland Park, N.J./Midland Park) claiming second. Laura Williams (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Township) won the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.92, and Geordan Ferguson (Lakehurst, N.J./Manchester Township) won the 400 men’s hurdles in 55.05 with Luis Reyes (Hoboken, N.J./William L. Dickinson/Saint Peter’s) claiming second. The women’s 4x400 relay team of Nia Driver (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), Ashley Grenger (Hazlet, N.J./St. John Vianney), McKenny Coakley (Port Reading, N.J./Woodbridge) and Kayla Green (Mickleton, N.J./Kingsway Regional/Georgian Court) finished second as a group of newcomers.
In the field events, Liam Vogt (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) topped all others with a first place long jump finish, marking 22’10 ½“. Toussaint also won the high jump at 5’7”. In the men’s high jump, Erik Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River), Joey Marini (Boonton, N.J./Lincoln Park) and Ed Kramer (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) all hit IC4A qualifying marks. Casey Sturts (Dorothy, N.J./Buena Regional) posted a pole vault mark of 11’ 5 ¾“, her best ever. Victoria Miskel (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) finished second in the triple jump.
The throwers on the women’s side saw some very solid performances, led in the shot put by Rachel Aliotta (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) posting a first place mark of 48’3 ¼“. Tilah Young (Barnegat, N.J./Barnegat) took second with a toss of 45’ 9”. Taylor Johnson (Woolwich, N.J./Kingsway Regional) finished fourth in the women’s shot. Johnson also won the discus at 151’4”, followed by Aziza Ahmed (Princeton, N.J./Hightstown) at an even 140’. Qiyana Hill (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) finished third in the shot. Aliotta and Young also went 1-2 in the hammer throw, with throws of 171’4” and 168’3” respectively. Faith Blamon (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) won the women’s javelin at 134’.
On the men’s side in the throws category, Shane Carle (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), Taylor Bernstein (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville Township), and Tevin Kirby-Stewart (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) finished 3-4-5 in the shot put. Bernstein won the discus at 164’, and Spencer Dimock (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) finished second at 146’9”. Tim Wilson (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) and Wulf Sutcliffe (Mt. Gretna, Pa./Cedar Crest) finished 1-2 in the hammer, with Wilson going 168’11”.
Next weekend, MU will return to action in the Penn Relays.