LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Monmouth University men’s and women’s track teams swept the 2014 MAAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Rider University’s Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Both Hawks’ teams were in the lead following the first day of action, and increased their margins as the final day of competition unfolded. The Hawks men’s and women’s teams claimed their first overall MAAC Outdoor Championship after joining the MAAC conference this year.
The Monmouth men tallied 271 points to claim the men’s title. Manhattan was runner-up with 168, followed by Rider (137), Iona (120), Saint Peter’s (74), Marist (23) and Canisius (20). Following Monmouth (306) in the women’s standings were runnerup Rider (133), Manhattan (124.5), Saint Peter’s (78.5), Iona (78), Quinnipiac (55), Marist (31), Niagara (8) and Canisius (3).
Events of the Day:
In the high jump Isaiah Harris continued his dominance from yesterday’s long jump win, winning the high jump with a 2.09M effort and the triple jump with a final jump of 15.38M breaking his own MAAC record set a year ago in the event. He successfully defended his titles from last year winning all 3 of the same events from last year’s championship.
In the men’s 4x100 Rider took first in a close race with a time of 41.90, ran by Wilfred Asamoah, Wilvenson Baptiste, Anthony DeFranco and Lamont Higgins.
In the women’s 4x100 Monmouth took first place with a new MAAC record of 46.87 ran by Laura Williams, Lachelle Wallace, Kate Frye and Mariah Toussaint.
In the women’s shot put Monmouth’s Rachel Aliotta claimed first place setting a new MAAC record in the process with a throw of 15.15M breaking the previous record of 14.32M.
In the women’s triple jump Rider’s Lauryn Strebeck finished in first place with a final jump of 12.24M.
In the 1500M race Iona dominated taking the top 3 places in both the men’s and women’s races. The men were led by Chartt Miller with a time of 3:50.47, while the women were led by Maya Rehberg with a new MAAC record of 4:28.06 breaking the previous record of 4:30.46.
In the men’s discus, Monmouth’s Errol Jeffrey continued his stellar year picking up a first place finish with a final throw of 52.12M. He followed that with another win in the men’s shot put with a final throw of 17.54M.
In the men’s 110M hurdles Monmouth’s Jalen Walker took home the win with a time of 14.54. In the women’s 100M hurdles Rider’s Dashana Ransome won with a final time of 14.50.
In the men’s 400M dash Rider’s Lamont Higgins won a close race with a time of 48.32. In the women’s 400M dash, Kate Frye continues to have an impressive meet winning this race in 56.02.
In the men’s 100M dash Monmouth’s Ahmier Dupree wins with a final 10.96. He followed that with a 200M win in 22.07.
In the women’s 100M and the closest race of the day, Monmouth’s Lachelle Wallace and Rider’s La’Tazah Wallace tied for first with a time of 12.11.
In both the men’s and women’s 800M races Monmouth swept the top 3 places. The men were led by Dylan Capwell with a time of 1:51.87, while the women were led by Tionna Garner’s winning time of 2:12.19.
In the men’s pole vault Rider’s Anthony DeFranco won with a final of 4.65M.
In the 400M hurdles Monmouth sweeps both top finishes for the men Luis Reyes wins in 56.47 while in the women’s race Laura Williams claims the win with 1:01.43.
In the women’s discus Monmouth’s Taylor Johnson finished first with a final throw of 47.88M.
In the women’s high jump Manhattan’s Ida Virdebrant claimed the event with a final mark of 1.73M.
In the women’s 200M Monmouth’s Mariah Toussaint continued her stellar meet with a first place finish of 25.04.
In the 5000M event Iona swept both the men and women’s race. For the men Matthew Gillespie set a new MAAC record of 14:23.07, while for the women Maya Rehberg won with a final time of 17:27.55 to cap off a great weekend of performances.
In the last race of the event Monmouth won the men’s 4x400 in a close race with Rider. The winning relay was run by John Malespina, Luis Reyes, Ben Boyd and Dylan Capwell in 3:21.26. On the women’s side Monmouth also took home the win with a time of 4:18.22 ran by Laura Williams, Antoniette Isekenegbe, Tionna Garner and Kate Frye.
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions in 2014: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. For more on the conference please visit,www.maacsports.com. Follow the MAAC on Facebook and Twitter: @MAACSports. Follow MAAC Indoor Track & Field on Twitter using the hashtag #MAACTF.