April 15, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Following perhaps the best outdoor weekend of the season, the St. John’s track and field team turned in another dazzling performance as the Johnnies captured the 2018 Outdoor Metropolitan Championships in Piscataway, N.J. over the weekend.
“We are thrilled and proud to win the Metropolitan title as it took a total team effort,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “Our ladies are great competitors and put up national and winning performances over the days of competition. It's great to see our senior class finish as being the best team in the Metropolitan area.”
Competing against some of the top programs in the tristate area such as Fordham, Columbia, Manhattan, and Iona, the Red Storm won a total of eight events in the competition.
Starting on the track, Leah Anderson captured the 200-meter dash title with a time of 25.56 to finish as the only competitor to post a score under 25.6 seconds. The freshman also finished second in the 400-meter dash to reach the podium in both of her events.
Continuing her dominating stretch, Maya Stephens claimed another gold medal in the 400-meter dash with a 54.81 time to finish first. The time was good enough to qualify for the ECAC’s as the senior has now won the event at back-to-back meets.
Elizabeth Costantino shined in the long-distance event for the Johnnies, finishing second in the 10,000-meter run with a new career-best time of 40:18.42. Junior Nicole McCarthy also scored in the event with a personal top time of 41:33.14 to finish ninth.
Chenoa Sebastian won the third trophy of the weekend for St. John’s in the 400-hurdles event. The senior posted a career-best 1:03.20 time to capture first-place honors. Sebastian also finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.92.
Torisha LaForce also reached the podium in the 400-meter hurdles, setting a new career-best with a 1:03.81 time. Jariah McFadden joined the pair with a new personal best in the event to finish ninth and reach the scoresheet for the Red Storm.
In the relay events, St. John’s dominated the top of the podium by claiming the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter titles.
The team of Denesha Ransome, Destiny Davis, Stephens and Anderson turned in their best performance of the season to win the 4x100-meter title by nearly a second of action.
Also winning by nearly a second, Jasmine Burkett, Kafi Ottley, Ransome, and LaForce posted a 3:57.84 in the 4x400-meter relay to capture first-place honors.
Amarys Berry provided one of the top highlights in the field events, winning the shot put title with a 14.05-meter toss. Her penultimate throw proved to be her best as the score also qualified the sophomore for the ECAC’s.
Nyla Woods dominated the hammer throw with a score of 56.47 meters. The senior finished with all of her throws finishing over 53 meters and won the event by nearly 15 meters.
Olivia Pantale won the javelin title with a career-best throw of 42.58 meters to become the final champion of the weekend for the Johnnies. The sophomore’s second throw her best of the day and also qualified her for the ECAC’s. Esmarelda Reyes finished just behind her teammate in the event, posting a second-place mark with a score of 41.20. The freshman also finished third in the heptathlon with 3,691 points. Both scores were new career bests for the rookie.
St. John’s saw a pair of student-athletes reach the podium in the long jump as Erica Graham and Anointing Onuoha finished second and third, respectively. Graham’s score was a new career-best at 6.00 meters while Onuoha also set a new best at 5.80 meters. Both scores were ECAC qualifiers. Onuoha also finished second in the triple jump with an 11.43 mark.
Bernadette McGowan earned medal honors in the shot put, finishing third with a throw of 13.22 meters. Jennifer Odoemene also finished second in the discus throw with a 43.59-meter mark. Jillian Dorego had her best day in the hammer throw with a career-best toss of 41.59 meters to finish third.
Eboni Birch shined in the heptathlon to finish second with a new career-best score of 4,400. The junior won the shot put, 200-meter dash, and 800-meter dashes while reaching the podium in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump, and javelin throw.
St. John’s will once again compete in a pair of meets next weekend as the Johnnies will see action at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta and the Wolfie Invitational at Stony Brook.