Hinton Sets National Leader At Season-Opening Bill Ward Invitational

Senior Danette Hinton set a national leader in the weight throw at the Bill Ward Invitational.

Dec. 7, 2013

QUEENS, N.Y. - A national-leading weight throw performance and four individual event winners highlighted the St. John's women's track & field team's day as host of the 4th Annual Bill Ward Invitational at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, N.Y. on Friday afternoon.

"We enjoyed hosting the Bill Ward Invitational, which allowed us to get an early look at what our team can do this season," said Red Storm head coach Jim Hurt. "The meet concludes an outstanding 2013 for our cross country and track & field programs and we look forward to more great performances in 2014."

Senior Danette Hinton turned in the outstanding performance of the meet, winning the weight throw competition with a toss of 20.50 meters, a personal best by a full meter and the best mark in Division I in the early season. Hinton, who defended her weight throw title from last year's meet, was also the runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 11.56 meters. Hinton posted the Red Storm's highest individual finish at last year's BIG EAST Championships, placing third in the weight throw in a then-personal best of 19.08 meters.

Senior Rikka Lovely successfully defended her two titles from last season's Bill Ward Invitational, claiming a dominant sprint double in winning the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes in 7.65 seconds and 25.45 seconds, respectively. Lovely's 60-meter time was just 0.04 seconds slower that her seasonal best time from a year ago, and the senior won the shorter race by 0.08 seconds and the 200 meters by 0.29 seconds.



Also appearing the finals of the 60-meter dash for the Red Storm were senior Corrine Williams and junior LaTasha Collins, fifth in 7.77 seconds and sixth in 7.94 seconds, respectively. Collins was also sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.33 seconds with Williams finishing seventh in 26.44 seconds and senior Maya Lewis eighth in 26.82 seconds.

Coming off a strong cross country season, sophomore Veronica Thompson was the third Red Storm athlete to defend a Bill Ward Invitational title from a year ago, as she claimed the 800-meter run for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:25.71.

Claiming her first collegiate event win in her first appearance for St. John's was freshman Shequell Higgs, who placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 11.13 meters. Higgs, a Sicklerville, N.Y. native, won the competition by over three inches while also taking third in the long jump with a mark of 5.06 meters. Classmate Kenyatta Louis was fourth in the long jump with a mark of 5.00 meters and fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 10.52 meters, a few inches ahead of fellow freshman Gabrielle Houston, sixth in the event with a jump of 10.41 meters and third in the high jump with a clearance at 1.55 meters.

Coming off an excellent spring season in the 400-meter hurdles, senior Shayna Presley opened her indoor season with a third-place showing in the flat 400-meter race, posting a time of 59.99 seconds.

In the throws, sophomore Ann Dagrin was third in the weight throw with a toss of 16.58 meters and fourth in the shot put with a mark of 10.34 meters.

St. John's will return to action after Christmas when the squad splits up to compete at the Princeton Quad Meet in Princeton, N.J, and the Rutgers Invitational in Piscataway, N.J. on Jan. 10.

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