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Love Litzell won the men's weight throw on his final attempt

Men In Second, Women Third After First Day of MAAC Indoor Championships

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 02/19/2017
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NEW YORK – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s track & field teams got off to a good start at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Championships on Saturday night.  After the first day of competition at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center, the Jasper men were sitting in second place, just one point behind Monmouth.  Manhattan’s women’s squad, meanwhile, was third heading into Sunday’s events.

There were mostly preliminary heats contested on Saturday, with the finals in the men’s and women’s 5000 meters and distance medley relay, as well as a few field events, also being held.

On the women’s side, Paige Chapman (Abingdon, MD) was the top qualifier in both the 60 and 200 meters.  Her time of 7.57 seconds in the 60 broke the championship record.  Chapman cruised to victory in her heat of the 200, posting a time of 25.32 seconds. 

Kelly Gorman (South Amboy, NJ) won her 800-meter heat with a 2:15.80 clocking.  Erin Spadaccini (Wilmington, DE), meanwhile, was a time qualifier in the mile after finishing in 5:07.7.  Manhattan will be represented by two women in the final of the 400 meters, as Mikeisha Kelly (Albany, NY) (57.76) and Jasmine Davis (Ronkonkoma, NY) (57.84) claimed the two time-qualifying places after finishing second in their respective heats.  The Jaspers will also have two finalists in the 60 meter hurdles, as Kathleen Cibuls (Blue Point, NY) (8.95) and Ellinor Persson (Taby, Sweden) (8.99) both qualified.

Persson also took part in the long jump final on Saturday night, securing second place with a leap of 5.88 meters (19 feet, 3½ inches).  Charlene Pohl (Bisingen, Germany) added fourth-place points with a mark of 5.65 m (18’6½).  Meanwhile, in the women’s pole vault, Marisa Robbins (Goshen, NY) was second (3.65 m, 11’11¾) and Maddie Arndt (Merrimac, MA) tied for fourth (3.05 m, 10’0).

In the first track final of the meet, Lisa Fajardo (Brooklyn, NY) took sixth in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:43.97.  The quartet of Alexa Roda (Staten Island, NY), who just missed qualiyfing for the 800 final, Kim Jelich (Malverne, NY), Megan Carmody (Rumford, RI) and Kaitlyn Smith (Effort, PA) then capped the evening with a fourth-place showing in the distance medley relay.

Manhattan collected 33.5 points in Saturday’s finals to place the Jaspers third in the team standings.  Monmouth leads the women’s competition with 60.5 points, while Rider is currently second with 45 points.

Leading the way for the men’s team were the field event athletes.  In the weight throw, Love Litzell (Ostersund, Sweden) sat in second place for a majority of the competition before uncorking a 20.11 m (65’11¾) effort on his final attempt to win his first-ever MAAC Championship in the event.  All five of the Jaspers’ weight throwers made the final, accounting for 19 team points.  Ire Bozovicar (Potoki, Slovenia) placed fifth (16.83 m, 55’2¾), while Gustave Menocal (Bronx, NY) finished sixth (16.61 m, 54’6) and Eric Waugh (Wheatley Heights, NY) was seventh (16.39 m, 53’9¼).

Meanwhile, Hayden Clarke (Townsville, Australia), Dennis Eriksson (Sundsvall, Sweden) and Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) went 2-4-6 in the long jump.  Clarke got out to a distance of 7.52 m (24’8¼), which was just three centimeters shy of the winning mark.  Eriksson’s best effort of 7.20 m (23’7½) was the exact qualifying distance for the IC4A Indoor Championships.  Foster had a mark of 7.08 m (23’2¾) in the long jump, then moved over to the high jump and finished third with a clearance at 1.99 m (6’6¼).

Foster wasn’t the only long jumper to compete in multiple events on Saturday.  Eriksson also ran the 60 hurdles and qualified for the final with a time of 8.41 seconds.  He’ll be joined in the final by Stefan Hoeller (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany), who posted a time of 8.40 seconds.  Anthony Hall (Mountainville, NY), meanwhile, moved on to the final in both the 60 (6.97) and 200 (22.63).  Kyle Watkins (Coram, NY) had the third-fastest qualifying time in the 400 (49.77), while John Dove (Monroe, NY) recorded the fourth-best time in the mile (4:14.8).  In the 800, Liam O’Brien (Clifton Park, NY) snagged the last time qualifier with a 1:56.02 clocking.

Amir Khaghani (Bethesda, MD) posted a time of 14:57.81 in the 5000, which was good for seventh place.  The Jaspers also placed seventh in the distance medley relay, with Adam Alshoubeki (Monroe, NY), Wilmer Jovel (Closter, NJ), Joseph Lundberg (Freehold, NJ) and Steven Forte (Bellmore, NY) contributing two team points.

It’s a tight three-way race in the men’s competition heading into the final day of the meet.  First-place Monmouth has 46 points, one more than the Jaspers.  Manhattan, meanwhile, is just two points ahead of third-place Iona.

Competition on Sunday gets underway with the women’s shot put at 4:30 p.m.  Action on the track starts with the women’s mile final at 4:45 p.m., while the meet-ending 4x400 meter relays are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  All of Sunday’s events will be webcast live on MAAC.tv.

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