Feb. 23, 2018
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - After the first day of the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by Jeep, the St. John’s track and field team sits in second place with 48 points at Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island.
Friday was highlighted by a pair of individual event titles as Nyla Woods and Antonia Frazier each represented the Red Storm at the top of the podium.
“We had a great opening day,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “Tomorrow will be an exciting day of top-end track and field.”
For the second-consecutive year, Woods became the first competitor to the top of the podium when the senior won her third-consecutive weight throw title with a winning throw of 18.86 meters. The clinching throw was over a meter beyond the second-place finisher.
St. John’s earned 19 points in the women’s pentathlon as Frazier earned the BIG EAST title with 3,311 points. Frazier became the first Red Storm competitor to win the event. The freshman won the 60-meter hurdles (9.07 seconds), high jump (1.52 meters) and long jump (5.25 meters) within the multi-event. Frazier was joined on the medal stand by teammate Eboni Birch, as the junior finished with 3,120 points.
In the long jump, the Johnnies earned another trip to the podium as Anointing Onuoha placed third with a 5.68-meter jump. Onuoha finished just 0.02 meters behind second-place finisher Jade Nolan of DePaul. Erica Graham also scored in the event with a 5.64-meter jump to place fourth.
Rounding out the field events, Gabriella Kelly also found the scoresheet for the Red Storm with an eight-place mark (2.90 meters) in the pole vault.
Many qualifiers took place on Friday in preparation for Saturday’s finals, and St. John’s performed strongly there as well.
Maya Stephens led the way for the Johnnies by finishing with the top-preliminary time in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Both times were also automatic ECAC qualifiers for the senior.
Finishing right behind her teammate was Leah Anderson who posted a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash to qualify for Saturday’s finals and the ECAC.
Denesha Ransome also ran her way into a pair of finals tomorrow, posting a fifth-place spot in the 200-meter dash and a seventh-place mark in the 60-meter. The senior became the third Red Storm student-athlete to qualify for the finals in the 200-meters, and will represent the Johnnies in the 60-meters.
The day ended with St. John’s earning another qualifying time to the ECAC’s in the distance-medley event. The team of Torisha LaForce, Jasmine Burkett, Therese Gallagher, and Antonia Howard ran a time of 12:03.93 for a sixth-place finish.
Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. from Ocean Breeze Park and can be seen live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).