Red Storm Impresses At Penn Relays|
April 27, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Yet another personal-best effort in the hammer throw by senior Danette Hinton and a season’s best performance in the 4x400-meter relay highlighted the St. John’s track & field team’s weekend at the famed Penn Relays, which culminated on Saturday afternoon and drew over 100,000 fans over three days of competition at Franklin Field.
Hinton, who has now reset her personal best in the event three times this outdoor season, claimed sixth place in the college women’s hammer throw championship, reaching a mark of 57.07 meters to best her previous career best of 56.35 meters and move into fourth place all-time at St. John’s. Hinton was competing at the Penn Relays for the first time of her collegiate career and saw sister Denise Hinton of LSU claim second in the event with a toss of 62.20 meters. The third-best performance in the hammer throw in St. John’s history belongs to Nicola Coffey, who reached 58.39 meters during the 2001 season.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the quartet of sophomore Pariis Garcia, junior Claire Mooney and seniors Shayna Presley and Amber Allen posted a time of 3:38.18 to claim fifth in Saturday’s college women’s ECAC finals, the Red Storm’s fastest time of the 2013-14 indoor and outdoor campaigns. The St. John’s relay team posted a time of 3:44.85 in the preliminary round on Thursday afternoon, placing 17th out of 87 teams. The Red Storm’s finals time was its fastest since last season’s 3:35.97 clocking at the NCAA East Regional which saw St. John’s book its ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore
“The Penn Relays highlighted the strength of our team with great performances in the hammer, sprint and mid-distance relays,” said Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt. “Our ladies proved that they can compete with the best in the nation on the largest stage of our sport. I am very proud of all their efforts and look forward to more great things next weekend at home for the Tom Farrell Classic.”
In the sprint relays, the team of Allen, senior Corrine Williams, sophomore Shenika King and junior LaTasha Collins combined to run 47.00 seconds, placing St. John’s second in its heat and 33rd out of 100 teams overall. The Red Storm also placed seventh in Saturday’s 4x200-meter relay ECAC finals, with Collins, Williams, King and Garcia combining to cross the finish line in 1:38.57 after posting a time of 1:38.47 in Friday’s preliminary round.
In the 4x800-meter relay, junior Nastasya Rodriquez and sophomores Veronica Thompson, Stephanie Van Pelt and Michelle Van Pelt claimed eighth in a field of 19 thanks to a time of 9:07.22, a four second improvement from St. John’s time at last year’s Penn Relays.
On Thursday morning, Allen and Presley got the Red Storm’s weekend of competition underway in the 400-meter hurdles, Allen placing 23rd in 1:01.39 and Presley finishing 43rd in 1:03.47. Competing in the college division of the hammer throw, sophomore Ann Dagrin added to St. John’s efforts in the field events by placing 17th with a toss of 49.00 meters.
St. John’s returns to action next weekend when it hosts its final home meet of 2014, the inaugural Tom Farrell Classic on Saturday, May 3.