Track and Field Place Top 10 in Events

The University’s track and field squads competed in the 2014 BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational held in Boston, Mass as well as the NYU Team Challenge at the New York Armory this past weekend. The Invitationals split up most of the events with the majority of the women’s events on Friday and then men’s primarily on Saturday.

The NYU Team Challenge featured performances from freshman Steph Sparacino as she placed 14th in the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 28.01. Freshman Noel Labb competed in the women’s 400 meter dash where she took 17th place finishing at 1:02.65. Sophomore teammate Chelsea Penn was close behind placing 22nd with a time of 1:03.48. Freshman Melissa Ganz participated in the women’s 500 meter dash for MU placing 18th at 1:24.05.

Sparacino and Labb finishd 11th and 13th respectively in the women’s 60 meter hurdles with times of 9.91 and 10.02.

On the men’s side of NYU Team Challenge, sophomore Stephen Adkisson finished eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78 seconds marking a personal best. Junior Luis Reyes competed in the 500m and placed seventh at 1:06.78. MU also recorded a top ten 60 meter dash finish a senior crossed the line at 7.09 seconds earning him ninth.

The women had a rather busy Friday as they also competed in the Terrier Invitational which featured over 20 colleges. Senior Mariah Toussaint was one of MU’s top finishers in the women’s 60 meter dash as she completed the race at 7.74 landing her in the 13th. Graduate student Lachelle Wallace was not far behind as she crossed at 7.81 giving her 15th place.

Junior Mel Lewis was the Hawks top finisher in the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 25.90 earning her 47th place.

The women’s 400 meter dash featured back to back finishes by junior Kate Frye and senior Laura Williams in 16th and 17th at 56.50 and 56.55 respectively.

Freshman Jenna Cupp finished seventh out of 89 in the 800 meter run with a final time of 2:12.47. Freshman teammate Zoya Naumov finished two spots behind her with a time of 2:13.27.

Freshman Jessica Ball also finished in ninth place for the Hawks, but in the 1000 meter run where she recorded a 2:58.38 time.

The women placed first in the DMR with the squad of the group of Naumov, Coakley, Cupp and freshman Tionna Garner.

The women also fared well in the 4×400 relay as the group of Garner, Williams, Antoinette Isekenegbe, and Frye finished in fifth place out of 38 teams.

Junior Lauren McDonald led the Hawks in the pole vault with a second place finish of 11′ 9 3/4″. Sophomore Hawk Brittany Papa finished close behind in fifth place.

Toussaint showed an impressive second place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, eight inches. Senior Rachel Aliotta placed fifth in the shot put and third in the weight throw.

Day two of the Terrier Invitational showcased the men’s events and brought many top ten finishes for the Hawks.

The men’s distance medley group placed first in their event with a time of 9:54.86 which now qualifies them for the IC4A but also marks the second best finish in the University’s history. The group included junior Andrew Langille, freshman Dylan Capwell, sophomore Kevin Sullivan and sophomore Domenick D’Agostino. The squad finished nearly seven seconds ahead of the competition.

Langille also had a top finish in the 1000 meter run where he placed sixth with a time of 2:24.53.

Capwell brought in another top finish for the Hawks in the 800 meter event with a time of 1:51.15. His time not only qualifies him for the IC4A but also marks a freshman record.

Sophomore Ahmier Dupree rounded out the 60 meter dash top ten and finished as MU’s top runner in the 200 meter dash.

Senior Jalen Walker earned third place in the 60 meter hurdles finishing the event in 8.05 seconds. Freshman Tim Wilson landed in the top ten for the men’s weight throw with a distance of 56′ 10 ¼”. Junior Joey Marini placed third out of 35 for the high jump with a height of 6′ 8 ¼”. Senior Errol Jeffrey bested 64 throwers to take home first in the shot put with a toss of 59′ 1 ½”. Jeffrey continued his winning streak by placing third in the weight throw.

The women competed in one event, the DMR, during the second day of the Terrier Invitational and in that one event, MU placed first. The DMR group which the Hawks took first in with a time of 11:59.78. Freshmen Garner, Naumov, Cupp, and Coakley made up the winning group and finished with a time of 11:59/78 marking a freshman record.

The track and field teams will continue their season at the Bison Open and Multi at Bucknell University on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. The team will also be competing at the Columbia Lions’ Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the New York Armory.