March 5, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Wrapping up a weekend against some of the top competition on the East Coast, the St. John’s track and field team finished eighth at the ECAC Championships in Boston.
The Red Storm was led by Maya Stephens, Leah Anderson, and Antonia Frazier who all scored big points over the three-day meet.
Opening the festivities on Friday was the women’s pentathlon where Frazier shined for the second-consecutive week. Just six days after winning the event at the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, Frazier finished sixth in the event on Friday.
The Tucker, Ga., native finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, 10th in the high jump, second in the shot put, fourth in the long jump, and 11th in the 800-meter run in-route to her sixth-place finish.
Moving into Saturday, Nyla Woods competed in the weight throw just days after winning her third-consecutive BIG EAST title in the same event. The senior finished third with an 18.96-meter toss posting as her best.
On the track, preliminary events took place on Saturday with Stephens winning her heat and posting an overall third-place mark in the 400-meter dash to set up Sunday’s final.
Anderson also shined in her preliminary run, claiming her heat for a sixth-place overall mark in the 200-meter dash heading into Sunday’s championship run.
The group of Kafi Ottley, Torisha LaForce, Stephens, and Anderson also collected a heat victory in the 4x400-meter relay and sat in third for the final.
On Sunday, Amarys Berry opened the day with a 15th-place finish in the women’s shot put event. The freshman’s 13.33-meter throw was just 0.29 meters from placing her in the top-10.
In the 400-meter dash, Stephens posted a 53.89 time, but was just edged out by Akua Obeng-Akrofi of Columbia to finish second. The Canadian won her section by over a second, and was one of only two racers to finish below the 54-second mark.
Just moments later, Anderson saw a three-spot improvement in the 200-meter dash finals to reach the podium with a third-place prize at 24.14 seconds. The freshman was the only rookie to finish inside the top-8, and the only non-senior to rank in the top-4.
In the relay event, St. John’s remained in third following the preliminary races with a 3:45.01 time in the final. The group’s time was clear of fourth-place Northeastern by over a second.
After a 23-second improvement at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, the group of Antonia Howard, Jasmine Burkett, Shannon Page, and Therese Gallagher posted a 17th-place mark in the distance medley on Sunday, finishing just behind William & Mary at 12:03.24.