Marten Wins Women’s Eastern Triple Jump at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA – On Friday afternoon at Franklin Field, Bianca Marten (Waiblingen, Germany) of the Manhattan College track & field team won the women’s Eastern triple jump at the 120th Penn Relays. The Jaspers also notched an impressive ninth-place showing in the men’s sprint medley relay Championship of America.
Marten, who finished 10th in the Eastern long jump on Thursday, got out to 12.21 meters (40 feet, ¾ inch) on her first attempt in the triple jump. That wind-aided effort proved to be the winning mark. In fact, all three of her legal jumps would’ve won the competition, and that distance would’ve put her 11th in the championship section of the event. Marten is the first Manhattan woman to notch an event victory at the Penn Relays since Malin Marmbrandt also won the Eastern triple jump in 2009.
After Abdias Myrtil (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) and Anthony Hall (Mountainville, N.Y.) opened the sprint medley relay with 200 meters apiece, Sheldon Derenoncourt (Patchogue, N.Y.) ran a blistering 400 meters on the third leg to move the Jaspers from fifth place to second in their heat. Greg Perrier (Dix Hills, N.Y.) maintained that position by anchoring the team with an 800-meter leg of 1:52.87. Manhattan’s total time of 3:24.34 was good for second in heat two, behind overall event winner LSU, and ninth place overall.
Also on Friday, Rokas Kirlys (Kamaji, Lithuania) took third in the men’s Eastern shot put with a toss of 16.54 m (54’3¼). Hayden Clarke (Townsville, Australia), meanwhile, was 16th in the men’s Eastern long jump. His best effort was 6.58 m (21’7¼). In addition, Blerim Pocesta (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed 21st in the men’s college discus (44.59 m, 146’3). Ida Virdebrant (Nobbele, Sweden) made her outdoor season debut in the women’s championship high jump, but did not clear a height.Action continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday with Trevell Moxey (Lansdale, Pa.) and Bobby Gebhard (Saddle River, N.J.) in the men’s Eastern triple jump and Phil Ragan (Belmar, N.J.) in the men’s college javelin. Along with Killian Barry (Dublin, Ireland), Pocesta is entered in the men’s college hammer throw. Love Litzell (Ostersund, Sweden) is in the championship section of the men’s hammer throw and 2013 Penn Relays champion Mohamed Koita (Cergy, France) will be in the men’s championship high jump. Both of those events take place during the USA vs. the World portion of the meet, which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 12:30-3 p.m.