April 11, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm track & field traveled to Miami, Fla. this weekend to compete in the Miami Alumni Invitational.
Sophomore Chanel King helped lead the team in the unscored meet, competing in three different throwing events. King's strongest performance came in the discus where she qualified for the BIG EAST Championships and set a new career mark by throwing 40.85 meters, finishing third. She also finished third in the shot put with a mark of 12.81 meters. Her distance of 40.95 meters in the hammer throw was good enough for sixth place.
Freshman Rikka Lovely improved her time in the 100-meter dash to a season-best 11.91 seconds as she finished 14th. Lovely also led STJ in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 24.99 seconds.
St. John's was successful in the jumping events as Priscilla Frederick finished fourth in the high jump with 1.77 meters while Stephanie Barnes finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.32 meters. The duo also competed in the long jump finished back-to-back as Frederick jumped 5.14 meters and Barnes measured 5.12 meters.
Along with Lovely, junior Rene Cousins also ran in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finishing in 12.36 and 25.27 seconds, respectively. Lovely and Cousins joined Asia Nettles and Vanessa Thompson on the team's 4x100-meter relay, finishing fourth in 47.82.
Freshman Molly Ellis led the team in the 400-meter dash, finishing ninth in 58.34. Nettles clocked in right after Ellis in 58.85. Ellis also ran the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.66.
Thompson finished seventh (1:05.80) in the 400-meter hurdles while teammate Asia Davy
finished tenth with a time of 1:06.78.
Three Red Storm runners competed in the 800-meter dash with Kim Piard, who has already qualified in the event, finishing 11th at 2:13.09. Pamela Petruski placed 14th with a time of 2:14.22 and Sarah Sudbury came in 23rd with 2:17.56.
St. John's ran two teams in the 4x400-meter relay with the first team, consisting of Nettles, Piard, Ellis and Cousins, finishing seventh with 3:55.76. The second team, made up of Davy, Petruski, Thompson and Sudbury, placed eighth in 4:02.97.
St. John's will compete in the Metropolitan Championships at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J. next weekend.