After winning their last meet on Jan. 13 at the Angry Birds Challenge in Bethlehem, PA, Monmouth University’s track and field team competed in the NYC Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, NY on Friday, Jan. 19. On the same day, some of the Hawks went and competed in the Ramapo College Invitational at the 168th Street Armory in New York, NY.
In the NYC Gotham Cup, the Hawks shone through during the field events. Sophomore Brandon Davis came in first in the men’s shot put with a toss of 15.69 meters, and junior Allison Taub placed second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 14.07 meters. For weight throwing, fifth year Tim Wilson won the men’s with a throw with a mark of 19.71 meters, and seniors Kennisha Okereke and Alicia Hester finished in second and third in women’s with matching throws of 16.70 meters.
Although the Hawks did excel in field events while competing in Staten Island, there are also some notable track statistics from this meet. Junior Amber Stratz won the 1000-meter with a time of 2:55:38, qualifying her for the ECAC Championships, and graduate student Chris Marco won the men’s 1000 meter run with a time of 2:25:26, qualifying him for his third event at the IC4A Championships.
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of freshman Tim Jacoutot, fifth years Malcolm Chavis and Dylan Capwell, and Chris Marco finished second with a time of 3:17.76. The women’s 4×800 relay team of freshman Kyra Velock, senior Allie Wilson, and juniors Brianna Stratz and Chandi Piiru won the event as well as qualifying for the ECAC Championships.
Junior Bryan Cabral finished fourth in the 800-meter and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time of 1:54:39.
At the Ramapo College Invitational, a few of our Hawks left the meet with some new personal bests. Senior Bernard Rebecchi, sophomore Henry Sappey, and junior Megan Lindstrom all ran personal bests in their events. Rebecchi ran a 1:59:59 for the men’s 1000 meter, Sappey came in second in the men’s 5K with a time of 15:16, and Lindstrom placed third in the women’s 5K with a time of 19:20.
For the women’s pole vault, freshman Savanna Sachar and senior Megan Gambuti tied for third place at a height of 3.05 meters. Sophomore Mariah Hubbard placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.33 meters, and junior Chloe Angelini placed third in the high jump by clearing 1.60 meters.
Head Coach Joe Compagni said, “We were pleased to see some big forward progress for a lot of individuals at both meets today (Jan. 19).”
On Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, the Hawks will return home to the OceanFirst Bank Center to host the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational, while some of the team will be travelling to the Penn State National Invitational to also compete over the weekend.
PHOTO COURTESY of B51/Mark Brown