Feb. 9, 2018
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - In the final meet before the BIG EAST Championships, the St. John’s track and field team looks to be rounding into shape, scoring in multiple events at the FastTrack National Invite at Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island on Friday.
“We had some great performances at Ocean Breeze tonight,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “We had a great night that should keep us rolling into the BIG EAST Championship back here at Ocean Breeze in two weeks.”
Maya Stephens provided one of the top highlights for the Red Storm, finishing as the top-collegiate participant in the 400-meter dash. The senior posted a time of 54.29 to place fourth among all competitors. Torisha LaForce also competed in the event, grabbing a 17th-place mark at 58.14.
Fellow senior Denesha Ransome reached the finals in the 60-meter dash, posting back-to-back season-best times in the preliminaries and the finals. Overall, Ransome finished sixth in the finals with a time of 7.65. The senior then followed that up by repeating her back-to-back season bests in the 200-meter run, posting a 25.14 mark to finish in the top-10.
Antonia Frazier also found the scoresheet for the Johnnies, finishing sixth in the long jump with a 5.46-meter score. Frazier also joined up with teammate Chenoa Sebastian in the 60-meter hurdles as the duo both turned in seasonal bests in the event.
In the shot put, Olivia Pantale turned in a personal-best throw of 11-64-meters to finish just outside the top-20. Bernadette McGowan also posted an 11.54-meter throw to finish 26th.
The Red Storm also posted a pair of top-10 finishes in the 800-meter run as Shannon Page and Antonia Howard finished sixth and ninth, respectively.
St. John’s returns to action on Feb. 23-24, heading back to Ocean Breeze Park for the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Championships.