Feb. 2, 2018
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Going into what many believed to be the most challenging weekend to date, the St. John’s track and field team passed its first test on Friday. The Red Storm finished second at the 2018 Metropolitan Indoor Championships from Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island.
The meet, which brought together the top-15 programs in the metro area, was a two-day event, highlighted by six event wins for the Johnnies.
“I was very pleased with the effort everyone gave during the two days of competition,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “We showed great progress in the past few weeks, and with three weeks remaining to the BIG EAST meet, we can be at top-form for that championship.”
St. John’s started the weekend on a high note, as Antonia Frazier claimed the women’s pentathlon title. Frazier won the 60-meter hurdles to open the event, and was joined by teammates Eboni Birch and Lillith Ida who finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
As the meet moved into Friday, the Red Storm kept its foot on the gas by winning five events.
Amarys Berry won the shot put with a 13.90-meter throw, holding off Decoda Simpson of Fairleigh Dickinson by just 0.02 meters. Bernadette McGowan joined her teammate on the podium with a third-place finish, throwing a 12.77-meter mark.
Already established as one of the top weight throwers in the country, Nyla Woods notched another win into her career with a 17.39-meter throw to win the event by over a meter. Jennifer Odoemene and Berry continued to score for the Johnnies, finishing third and sixth respectively.
Freshman sensation Leah Anderson continued her torrid start to her collegiate career by finishing first in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 24.56 was only one-of-two competitors to finish under 25 seconds. Denesha Ransome just missed a second-place mark as the senior posted a 25.09 mark, good for third and a visit to the podium.
In dominating fashion, Maya Stephens won the 400-meter run by over two seconds with a 55.42 time. It was nearly a clean sweep at the podium in the event for the Johnnies as Torisha LaForce and Kafi Ottley finished third and fourth.
The afformentioned trio was joined by Anderson to run in the 4x400-meter relay event, and proved to the be right combination. The group won the event by nearly three seconds, highlighted by a great heat from Anderson, to finish with a time of 3:45.63.
The relay team will return to action tomorrow at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games from the New Balance Track and Field Armory. Woods and Odoemene will also compete at the event. The world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field competition will begin at noon, and will be broadcast live on NBC.