Red Storm Track & Field Wins 11 Events At Annual Monday Meeting|
April 22, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – Spurred on by a home crowd and ideal weather conditions, the St. John’s women’s track & field team celebrated its first time competing on the University’s newly renovated DaSilva Memorial Track by winning 11 events at the Annual Monday Track & Field Meeting held on Monday afternoon. The Red Storm hosted a number of local colleges and track clubs for the event, the first of two home track meets for St. John’s this outdoor season.
“It was a fantastic Monday Meeting for our team,” said Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt. “The ladies really stepped up and won a lot of events, which we had hoped to do. It’s always nice to win at home and it gets us ready for the Penn Relays down in Philadelphia this weekend. We will be back here in two weeks for the inaugural Tom Farrell Classic on May 3 and hope everybody comes out to watch our team compete.”
St. John’s won 10 of 11 running events at the Monday Meeting, claiming the top four places in the 200-meter dash and top three places in the 100-meter dash. Junior LaTasha Collins took the win in the longer sprint in a time of 25.26 seconds with sophomore Pariis Garcia taking second in 25.63 seconds, senior Corrine Williams third in 25.66 seconds and junior Shenika King fourth in 25.72 seconds. The Red Storm took eight of the first 10 places in the 200-meter dash overall, as senior Lewis Maya was sixth (25.93), senior Shayna Presley seventh (26.29), freshman Christine Oguledo eighth (26.36) and sophomore Veronica Thompson 10th (26.95). Williams claimed the victory in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.22 seconds as Collins was the runner up in 12.37 seconds and Maya third in 12.44 seconds.
In the 400-meter dash, the Red Storm placed first and second, as junior Natasya Rodriquez crossed the finish line first in 58.00 seconds and classmate Thompson was closely behind in 59.18 seconds.
Sophomore twins Stephanie Van Pelt and Michelle Van Pelt reproduced those finishes in the 800-meter run, as the former took the win in 2:19.66 and the latter was second in 2:20.26, both seasonal bests.
Junior Chelsea Trant was the outstanding distance performer of the meet, as she won the 1,500-meter run by over nine seconds in 5:08.29 before placing first in the 3,000-meter run in 10:53.81. In her collegiate debut in the event, sophomore Ashlin Conroy cruised to victory in the 3,00-meter steeplechase, producing a time of 12:36.56 while leading wire-to-wire.
Junior Radiya Buchanan was the Red Storm’s lone winner in the jumps, claiming the high jump with a clearance of 1.50 meters, although freshman Louis Kenyatta collected a pair of runner-up finishes in the long jump and triple jump with marks of 5.26 meters and 10.52 meters, respectively. In the high jump, freshman Gabrielle Houston was third with a clearance of 1.45 meters.
Senior Danette Hinton rounded out St. John’s field efforts by placing second in the shot put with a toss of 11.58 meters, while the Red Storm swept the relay races, winning the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 47.76 seconds while running unchallenged in the 4x400-meter relay to post a split of 4:12.5.
St. John’s will wrap up the month of April by competing in the 120th Penn Relays, where the Red Storm set a school record in the 4x200-meter relay in 2013. The Penn Relays, which attracts the brightest starts of all levels of the sport, are scheduled for April 24-26 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.