Courtesy: MAAC Sports

2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships Set to Begin Competition Saturday Evening

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  February 16, 2017

EDISON, NJ – The 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships begins on Saturday, February 18at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center in New York, NY. The two-day event begins with the Women’s Mile Trials and is set to start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

Monmouth University’s Men’s Track & Field team seeks its fourth consecutive MAAC Championship. The Hawks were selected as the preseason favorite to win this year’s MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship as voted upon by the league’s eight head coaches. Monmouth received 63 overall points and seven first place votes. At the 2016 MAAC Championships, Monmouth’s men’s team finished with 170 points, 44 points higher than runner-up, Manhattan College (126).

Competing for the Hawks is junior Bryan Sosoo, who broke the 60m Dash record at the 2016 MAAC Championships, crossing the tape in 6.71 seconds. Also competing for the Hawks is senior thrower Tim Wilson, who was named MAAC Field Performer of the Week three times this season (Dec. 6, Jan 31, & Feb. 14).

Manhattan placed second in the 2017 Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 54 overall points and one first place vote. The Jaspers were the 2016 MAAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship runner-up and return senior’s Love Litzell, Stefan Hoeller, and sophomore Ryan Addlesberger, who were all named MAAC Field Performers of Week this season.

On the women’s side, Monmouth also looks to make it four-straight MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. In the Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Hawks were selected to repeat as champions after they received 81 points and seven out of the nine first place votes. Monmouth women’s team finished with 205 points in last year’s championship, with Quinnipiac in second with 133 points. 

Last season, Monmouth’s Distance Medley Relay squad set a 2016 MAAC Championship record, as it finished the event in 11:44.68. Returning from that record-setting performance is senior Jenna Cupp, who was awarded MAAC Track Performer of the Week on January 7. Looking to assist Monmouth in capturing its fourth championship in a row is senior Tionna Garner, who was named MAAC Track Performer of the Week three times this season (Dec. 6, Jan. 17 & Feb. 7). Garner (1:11.91) ran second to a world-record setting performance in the 500m set by University of Arizona’s Sage Watson (1:08.40) at the New York Armory. 

Quinnipiac University, the 2016 MAAC Women’s Track & Field Championship runner-up, returns senior sprinter Jessica Lee, who tied the record at the 2016 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championship in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.62 seconds. Manhattan’s Marisa Robbins set a championship record in the 2016 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Pole Vault eclipsing 3.82m.

Tickets for the 2017 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships can be purchased on-site at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center. For more information on the championships including schedule of events, live stats, and more, visit maacsports.com/indoortrack.

The entire 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed live on MAAC.TV

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