Jan. 23, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - With a victory at last week's NYU Invite already on its résumé, St. John's track & field now looks to add a team Metropolitan Championship as competition begins on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Manhattan College followed by the final day of events on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the New York City Armory.
"We look forward to the Metropolitan Championships at the Armory every year, as it crowns the top team in the New York metropolitan area," said head coach Jim Hurt. "We always strive for the top of the podium, and we are ready to give our very best in trying to accomplish that goal."
It is strictly field events slated for Thursday with St. John's only represented in the women's weight throw. Men's weight, men's and women's pole vault, women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon are also scheduled.
The Red Storm will be featured in full force on Friday as all track events will take place on the famous New York City Armory track. St. John's will also have competitors vying for titles in the shot put, long jump and triple on the field side.
The Metropolitan Championships annually pit St. John's against the best local competition from the New York area. Ivy League power Columbia won last year's Met Championship. BIG EAST rival Rutgers will also provide a formidable challenge for the Red Storm.
St. John's returns six Metropolitan champions from last season as the team combined for six event titles. Rikka Lovely won both the 60 and 200-meter titles running personal-bests in both events. Natasha Amazan returns as the Metropolitan shot put champion after an impressive 14.03 meters last season. Claire Mooney, who currently holds the fastest 500-meter time in the BIG EAST, won the event at her very first Metropolitan Championships in 2012. Mooney would then team up with Molly Ellis, Trudy-Ann McLean and Shayna Presley to take the 4x400-meter relay title.
The Red Storm hopes to win its first Metropolitan Championship since 2011 when St. John's captured the team title in the final event, as the entire meet came down to the 4x400-meter relay between the Red Storm and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
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