June 15, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s track & field team was well-represented this year’s 2017 USA Track & Field (USATF) National Club Track & Field Championships, held on June 10-11 at Ichan Stadium, as five current and former Red Storm student-athletes participated in seven different events throughout the two-day event.
Rising senior Denesha Ransome enjoyed perhaps the busiest weekend of the Red Storm contingent as she participated in four events, two individual and two relays, while competing for the Central Park Track Club (CPTC).
Ransome took home a pair of first-place finishes running in the 4x100-meter relay and 4x800-meter relay events. The CPTC cruised in the 4x100-meter relay, with Ransome running the first leg, claiming the gold medal with a time of 47.09 seconds. In the 4x800-meter relay, Ransome ran the third leg in a time of 2:22.63, to help CPTC take first in a total time of 9:48.55.
The Newark, N.J., native also competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Ransome competed alongside recently graduated Johnnies Christine Oguledo and Shenika King.
In the 100-meter dash, Ransome was the top Red Storm runner, taking fifth in a time of 11.98 seconds. King and Oguledo, who both competed for the Shore Athletic Club, finished in eighth and tenth with times of 12.30 seconds and 12.48 seconds, respectively.
Ransome also finished first of the Red Storm athletes running in the 200-meter dash as she took sixth with a time of 24.69 seconds. King finished in 10th with a time of 25.00 seconds while Oguledo took 11th in a time of 25.42 seconds.
Oguledo, who just graduated this past year, put in a medal-winning performance in the 400-meter hurdles as she finished in third-place with a time of 1:04.34.
In the 400-meter dash, rising junior Torisha LaForce ran unattached and finished 10th with a time of 59.29 seconds.
The Johnnies also saw rising junior thrower Jennifer Odoemene put in an impressive performance in the hammer throw. Odoemene threw just one meter shy of her personal-best (48.08 meters) with a mark of 47.88 meters to take fourth in the event.
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