St. John's Competes at Columbia Challenge

Jan. 29, 2018

QUEENS, N.Y. - Facing some of the top programs in the country, the St. John’s track and field team finished 13th at the Columbia Challenge over the weekend.

Competing at the New Balance Track and Field Armory, the three-day event saw the Red Storm compete against four teams ranked in the USTFCCCA poll, including defending champions Oregon.

“Our team competed well against the top teams in the country,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “We made significant progress this past week with big performance improvements that will carry us into the Metropolitan Championships next week.”

The Johnnies were led once again by Nyla Woods, who finished third in the weight throw. The senior registered a best throw of 19.63 meters, with all of her attempts but one finishing over 19 meters.

St. John’s also saw Anointing Onuoha and Erica Graham score in the long jump event. Onuoha finished fourth with a 5.79-meter jump while Graham came in eighth with a 5.57-meter try. The pairing joined Duke as the only two schools to have two competitors score for their respective program.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Maya Stephens, Torisha LaForce, Kafi Ottley, and Leah Anderson reached the scoresheet for the Red Storm with a time of 3:46.91, finishing eighth.

Stephens and Anderson also put together a solid performance in the 400-meter dash, with Stephens finishing just ahead of Anderson at 13th and 14th, respectively.

Lillith Ida found the scoresheet for the Johnnies in the indoor pentathlon event, posting a sixth-place finish with 3,111 points. The junior won her 60-meter hurdles heat before finishing sixth in the 800-meter run portion of the event. Antonia Frazier also competed in the event, winning her 60-meter hurdles heat as well to finish 10th overall.

It will be a short turnaround for St. John’s as the Red Storm will compete in two meets this weekend. The Johnnies will open February at Ocean Breeze Park with the Metropolitan Championships on Feb. 1 and 2 before heading back to the Armory for the NYRR Millrose Games on the 3rd.

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