Feb. 24, 2018
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Concluding the final day of events, the St. John’s track and field team finished third at the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships Presented by Jeep at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Center in Staten Island.
Saturday’s events were highlighted by Maya Stephens, who was named as the Women’s Most Outstanding Co-Performer in Track Events for her wins in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, and was a member of the second-place 4x400-meter team.
Stephens collected her first win of the day in the 400-meter dash, defending her title with a wire-to-wire victory in the event with a time of 54.14. The senior’s win marks the fourth-consecutive season that a St. John’s competitor has won this event.
The Canadian earned her second trip to the top of podium just moments later in the 200-meter dash. Stephens finished with a 24.19 time, claiming back-to-back titles for the Johnnies in the event.
Leah Anderson also put together a pair of podium visits on Saturday, finishing third in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. The freshman finished just 0.02 seconds behind the second-place finisher from Georgetown.
Competing in a pair of finals, Denesha Ransome finished sixth and seventh in the 200-meter and 60-meter dashes, respectively, also qualifying for the ECAC’s with her times in both events.
Kafi Ottley and Torisha LaForce joined Stephens and Anderson for the 4x400-meter relay, finishing second with a time of 3:42.75. The group was only one-of-two to finish under the 3:43 mark, defeating the third-place team from DePaul by over four seconds.
Moving into field events, Antonia Frazier found the scoresheet for the Johnnies in the high jump, finishing with a best of 1.50 meters for a seventh-place mark.
Anointing Onuoha continued her solid weekend with another trip to the podium, this time in the long jump. Onuoha finished with a 5.68-meter jump, sitting just 0.02 meters behind the runner-up. The senior then finished second in the triple jump with an 11.71-meter best, placing as one-of-only two competitors to finish with an 11.70-meter jump or better.
Erica Graham just missed a podium appearance herself in the event, grabbing a fourth-place finish with a 5.64-meter attempt.
Concluding the day was the shot put, where the Red Storm sent another competitor to the podium as Bernadette McGowan posted a 13.61-meter throw to finish third, and qualify for ECAC’s.
A trip to Beantown is on tap for the St. John’s as the Johnnies will compete in the ECAC Indoor Championships hosted by Boston University.