March 25, 2012
Columbia, S.C. -
Despite some inclement weather, St. John’s track & field put together a solid performance at the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by University of South Carolina.
“Our team performed very well across all the events we competed in and we look very strong heading towards the championships in the weeks ahead,” said head coach Jim Hurt.
Senior long distance runner Samantha Meyerhoff started the meet off with a third place finish in the 3K steeplechase with a time of 11:47.50. Distance runners Nicole Cocozza and Alexis Bean also excelled for St. John’s with top-ten finishes in the 800 meter run. Cocozza placed eighth at 2:18.64 and Bean crossed the line tenth at 2:18.90. Senior Aryon Trujillo finished 20th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.08. The senior duo of Cocozza and Trujillo placed 15th and 18th in the 1,500-meter run with times of 4:51.29 and 4:57.10.
Sophomore sprinter Corrine Williams had a pair of strong performances with top-ten finishes in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Williams placed ninth in the 100-meters with a time of 12:15 seconds and sixth in the 200-meters at 24.44. Maya Lewis placed 31st in the 100-meters at 12.79 seconds. Molly Ellis and Trudy-Ann McLean placed 14th and 15th in the 200-meters with respective times of 25.23 and 25.28 seconds. Lewis ran a 25.71 second time in the 200-meters.
St. John’s found a few names near the top of the standings for the 400-meter dash as Ellis placed sixth at 55.93 seconds, freshman Claire Mooney came in tenth at 56.83 seconds and McLean just a few strides behind at 57.25 seconds. Nastasya Rodriques finished 19th at 58.43 seconds. Rodriques also competed in the 400-meter hurdles for St. John’s with a time of 1:04.64. The 4x100 relay team for the Red Storm finished fifth with a time of 47.34 seconds.
Stephanie Barnes recorded a 4.92 meter mark in the high jump to place 15th. Chanel King and Natasha Amazan placed 13th and 15th in the weight throw with tosses of 47.15 meters and 46.83 meters. Gina Frisa registered 35.98 meters and LaTreace Johnson threw 34.48 meters in the weight throw.
Priscilla Frederick was unable to finish the high jump and the 4x400-meter relay was cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area.
Including the host University of South Carolina Gamecocks, the Red Storm competed against Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Dartmouth, Dayton, Radford, UMBC and more than a dozen other schools.
St. John’s will return to action when it hosts the annual Monday Meeting at DaSilva Memorial Field on Monday, April 9. Follow the track & field program all season long through RedStormSports.com and on Twitter (@STJ_Track_XC).