MAAC Institutions Compete at 2017 Outdoor Track & Field ECAC & IC4A Championships
Release: May 16, 2017
EDISON, NJ – The 2017 Outdoor Track & Field ECAC and IC4A Championships concluded over the weekend with the MAAC being represented by nine institutions. The Championships were highlighted by first place finishes on both the men's and women's side as well as a fifth place finish by Monmouth University Women's team (36.5 points).
The Hawks captured 10 points in the Women's 800m Run. Tionna Garner finished in second place with a time of 2:08.18 and Chandi Piiru finished in seventh place with a time of 2:09.00. Jenna Cupp came in third place in the 1500m Run with a time of 4:26.59 to take six points in the event. In the field events, Monmouth captured 3.5 points in the Pole Vault by Casey Sturts with a mark of 3.70m and then six points in the Hammer Throw with a fifth place finish from Kennisha Okereke and a seventh place finish from Alicia Hester.
Two MAAC entries took first and second in the Women's 100m Hurdles as Quinnipiac University sprinter Jessica Lee took first place with a time of 13.76 & Rider University Sara Gardner took second place with a time of 13.99. Other notable finishers were Cassandra Gill from Iona College in second place in the 10,000m Run, Lina Bengtson from Manhattan College finished in fourth place in the Discus Throw, and Sarah Forman from Siena College with a fifth place finish in the 1500m run.
Monmouth finished in fifth place with 36.5 points, Rider was T-19th place with 17 points, Iona was T-28th place with 11 points, Quinnipiac was T-30th with 10 points, Siena finished in 36th place with seven points, Manhattan finished T-38th with six points, and rounding out the list was Marist with four points in 42nd place.
On the Men's side, Love Litzell from Manhattan took first place in the Hammer Throw with a mark of 65.73m. Jaspers' Hayden Clarke finished in third place in the Long Jump with a mark of 7.32m. Distance Runner Cooper Roach from Canisius College finished in second place in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 8:49.61. Roach became the first Golden Griffin in program history to advance to the first round of the NCAA Championship.
Rider's 4x800m Relay Team of Anthony Ardino, Tom Long, Scott Wood, and Johnathan Jackson took third place with a time of 7:36.91. Corey Murphy from Monmouth received points in two events, with a fourth place finish in the Shot Put, and sixth place in the Discus Throw.
Manhattan finished in 14th place with 23 points, Monmouth came in 17th place with 18 points, Rider finished in 31st place with 9.5 points, Canisius came in T-33rd place with eight points, and Siena rounded out the list in 46th place with two points.