Men Second, Women Third After Day One of MAAC Championships
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Behind 54 points from the field event athletes, the Manhattan College men's track & field team was sitting in second place after the first day of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championships at the Rider University Track & Field Complex. The Jasper women, meanwhile, head into day two in third place after earning 29 points on Saturday.
Hayden Clarke (Townsville, Australia) led a 1-3-4 finish in the men's long jump, as Manhattan collected 21 points in the event. He easily defended his MAAC title with a leap of 7.44 meters (24 feet, five inches). Brenton Foster (Townsville, Australia) and Dennis Eriksson (Sundsvall, Sweden) both jumped 7.06 m (23'2), with Foster being awarded third place since he reached the mark twice. Eriksson also qualified for the final in the 110 meter hurdles after winning his heat with a time of 15.14 seconds.
Love Litzell (Ostersund, Sweden), meanwhile, took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 62.24 m (204'2). Manhattan has now won this event at all 20 MAAC Outdoor Championships in history. The Jaspers tallied 15 points total in the hammer throw, as Gustave Menocal (Bronx, NY) placed fifth (51.47 m, 168'10) and Nicholas Kocienda (Seaford, NY) was eighth (47.90 m, 157'2).
The men's team's other 18 points on Saturday came in the javelin. Timothy Iannuzzo (East Brunswick, NJ) took second with a 56.21 m (184'5) effort, and Litzell was fourth with a toss of 55.17 m (181'0). Connor Reilly (Ridgefield, CT) finished sixth (51.55 m, 169'1), while Anthony Yanni (Brooklyn, NY) added seventh-place points (50.25 m, 164'10).
Charlene Pohl (Bisingen, Germany) picked up two points with a seventh-place finish in the javelin (37.25 m, 122'2) to go along with a fourth-place showing in the long jump. With a leap of 5.76 m (18'10¾), Pohl qualified for the ECAC Championships. Ellinor Persson (Taby, Sweden) jumped 5.95 m (19'6¼) to finish second in the event. She also made the final in the 100 meter hurdles after posting a time of 14.94 seconds in her heat.
Manhattan athletes also qualified for finals in a number of track events. Stefan Hoeller (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) made the final in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, while Anthony Hall (Mountainville, NY) posted qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 meters. Wilmer Jovel (Closter, NY) will take part in the final of the 400 hurdles, as well. JP Merkler (Spring Lake, NJ), meanwhile, won his heat in the 400 meters with a time of 49.28 seconds. In addition, John Dove (Monroe, NY) advanced to the final in the 1500 meters after being just edged out by one-hundredth of a second in his heat. Dove ended up with the second-fastest time overall (3:57.89).
On the women's side, Jasmine Davis (Ronkonkoma, NY) had the top qualifying time in the 400 (57.66). She will be joined in the final by Mikeisha Kelly (Albany, NY). Paige Chapman (Abingdon, MD) posted a time of 12.15 seconds, easily the fastest of the day, to lead three Jaspers into the final of the 100. Dayzondra Gonzalez (Monroe, NY) also won her heat (12.61), while Niasia Boone (Morrisville, PA) was the final time qualifier (12.69).
Chapman (25.39) and Boone (26.11) also took first in their heats in the 200, with Chapman posting the fastest qualifying effort. Manhattan will also have three women in the 200 final, as Kathleen Cibuls (Blue Point, NY) finished in 26.12 seconds to earn the final time qualifier by 0.01 seconds. In addition, Kathy Cadet (Endicott, NY) qualified in the 400 hurdles and Kelly Gorman (South Amboy, NJ) advanced in the 800 meters.
Monmouth's women hold the lead with 80 points, while Rider is in second place with 41 points. Manhattan (29) is one point ahead of Iona (28) for third place. The Jasper men, meanwhile, are just four points behind first-place Monmouth (58) heading into day two.Competition resumes at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with the final event, the men's 4x400 meter relay, scheduled to go off just before 4 p.m.