Jan. 12, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John’s track and field team will open the 2018 calendar year with a visit to the city’s most prestigious indoor venue, the New Balance Track and Field Armory, for the Towson Tiger Invitational on Saturday evening.
The meet, hosted by Towson University, will be the first of three visits to the historic venue for the Red Storm this season and will feature some of the top programs in the area.
“We are very excited to be going to the Armory for the Towson Invite this weekend,” said St. John’s head coach Jim Hurt. “We had a great Bill Ward meet to open our season before the Holiday break and we are anxious to see where our team is to start the new year. We have assembled a talented team across the event spectrum and are excited to see what we can accomplish this indoor season.”
Saturday’s events include: 60-meter hurdles, mile run, 60-meter dash, 200-meter run, 400-meter run, 500-meter run, 800-meter run, 1000-meter run, 3000-meter run, 4x400-meter relay, weight throw, shot put, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and high jump.
Competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with live results available here.
The Johnnies started the season with a bang on Dec. 7, winning a total of 10 events for the third-consecutive season and finishing as the top-collegiate athlete in three other meets at the eighth annual Bill Ward Invite from St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y.
Freshman Leah Anderson welcomed herself to collegiate athletics with a resounding start by winning a pair of events. The Mount Vernon native first claimed the 200-meter dash by nearly a second (24.74) and followed up by winning the 400-meter run at 56.64. The freshman earned BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors for her performance.
Sophia Alter, a transfer from Vermont, finished in a tie for first in the pole vault, establishing a new school record in the event.
Also in the field events, All-BIG EAST honoree in the long jump, senior Anointing Onuoha established her dominance in the event on Thursday, setting a new personal best at 5.75 meters.
Onuoha wasn’t finished there, however, as the senior then proceeded to set another personal best in the triple jump with a towering 11.69-meter finish to win the event. Freshman Breanne Gooden garnered second-place honors with a 9.78-meter jump.
St. John’s will jump right back into competition at the Penn 8-Team Select from Ocean Breeze Park in Staten Island on Jan. 20.