Jaspers Open Outdoor Season at Carolina Relays
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s track & field teams began the outdoor season on Friday at the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays. Despite cool and windy conditions, the Jaspers put forth several outstanding performances at Belk Track at Fetzer Field, including Hayden Clarke’s (Townsville, Australia) first-place effort in the men’s long jump.
Clarke and Dennis Eriksson (Sundsvall, Sweden) went 1-4 in the long jump. Clarke’s winning distance was 7.36 meters (21 feet, 1¾ inches), while Eriksson got out to 6.93 m (22’9). In the discus, Ire Bozovicar (Potoki, Slovenia) took second with a mark of 50.62 m (166’1), and Eric Waugh (Wheatley Heights, NY) placed fourth (46.43 m, 152’4). Waugh then grabbed ninth place in the shot put (14.12 m, 46’4). Ryan Addlesberger (Cinnaminson, NJ), meanwhile, finished fourth in the shot put with a 16.28 m (53’5) effort.
In the 200 meters, Fabian Mueller (Amtzell, Germany) took second place with an IC4A-qualifying time of 21.92 seconds. It was the first race of the season for Mueller, who didn’t compete indoors.
Lina Bengtson (Malmo, Sweden) also had a successful return to competition after missing nearly two years due to injury. She qualified for the ECAC Championships in the women’s discus with a mark of 44.98 m (147’7), which was good for third place overall. In addition, Ellinor Persson (Taby, Sweden) finished third in the long jump (5.73 m, 18’9¾) and Charlene Pohl (Bisingen, Germany) was second in the javelin (37.95 m, 124’6).Saturday’s college events get underway with the men’s 110 meter hurdles at 10:20 a.m. Manhattan will also have several entries in the field events, starting with the men’s hammer throw at 11 a.m.