June 26, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – A pair of St. John’s Track & Field standouts competed on the international level this past weekend, as Claire Mooney ran for Ireland in the European Team Cup and Adriana Wright represented the Red Storm at the Jamaican National Championship.
Mooney finished sixth in the 800-meter final with a time of 2:07.05, while Wright, who recently ran for St. John’s at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional, shaved .12 seconds off her school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.49, finishing 13th against stellar competition.
Mooney’s efforts in Vaasa, Finland, helped lead Ireland to an eighth place team finish.
A 2016 product of St. John’s, Mooney finished a decorated Red Storm career by being named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor Track & Field All-America Team. The County Kildare native owns the St. John’s outdoor school record in the 800-meter race, finishing with a time of 2:05.08 in the preliminary rounds of the 2016 NCAA East Regional. A two-time outdoor All-BIG EAST selection, Mooney also had a stellar indoor career, setting two school records and earning four All-BIG EAST indoor team selections.
“We are very excited to see Claire competing for the Irish national team and scoring in international competition,” said Head Coach Jim Hurt. “She had an awesome career here at St. John’s winning BIG EAST and ECAC titles and setting school records in the indoor 400-meter , 500-meter and outdoor 800-meter. She competed in two NCAA finals, placing 19th with our 4 x 400m in 2013 and 15th in the 800m in 2016. We look forward to more outstanding performances from Claire as the championship season continues this summer.”
Wright, a native of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, recently finished a terrific senior campaign for the Johnnies that saw her take home two individual titles in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles at the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. For her performances, she earned all-conference status and also owns five school records in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, indoor 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and the 4 x100m relay.
“We are very proud of Adriana’s accomplishment and very pleased to see her place 13th and set another school record in the 100-meter at her national championship,” said Coach Hurt. “There is no higher honor than to compete in your nation’s national championship and, as she has done all year, Adriana delivered her best performance in the most important meet. Coach Aliann Pompey has done an exceptional job in guiding Adriana in her spectacular record-setting year. We are very appreciative of all of Adriana’s hard work and dedication she has put in during the past two years. She is one of the best we have ever had and we take great pride in all her accomplishments.”