Manhattan Ready For MAAC Outdoor Championships
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RIVERDALE, NY – This weekend, the Manhattan College men's and women's track & field teams will take part in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Outdoor Championships at the Rider University Track & Field Complex. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with Sunday's events scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
The Jasper men are looking for their first MAAC title since 2012, while the women's team is seeking its first conference championship since 2010. Manhattan finished third (women) and fourth (men) at the MAAC Indoor Championships.
Manhattan is led by its strong contingent in the field events. Love Litzell (Ostersund, Sweden) is ranked 17th in the East Region in the hammer throw, while Hayden Clarke (Townsville, Australia) boasts the best long jump in the conference this season. The Jaspers will also look for points from Ire Bozovicar (Potoki, Slovenia) in the discus and Ryan Addlesberger (Cinnaminson, NJ) in the shot put.
Stefan Hoeller (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) and Dennis Eriksson (Sundsvall, Sweden), meanwhile, will both compete in three events for the Jaspers, as well as being possible relay selections. Anthony Hall (Mountainville, NY) and Fabian Mueller (Amtzell, Germany) lead Manhattan in the sprints, while the distance crew is paced by, among others, John Dove (Monroe, NY) and Chris Orlando (Newburyport, MA).
On the women's side, Manhattan has one of the top sprinters in the conference in Paige Chapman (Abingdon, MD). She set a meet record in the 60 meters at the MAAC Indoor Championships before winning that event at the ECAC Indoor Championships. Chapman was also on the Jaspers' 4x100 meter relay squad that finished fourth in the ECAC final last week at the Penn Relays.
Lisa Fajardo (Brooklyn, NY), meanwhile, broke the school record in the 5000 meters earlier this season, and she enters the MAAC Championships as the No. 1 seed in that event. In addition, Kathy Cadet (Endicott, NY) is among the favorites in the 400 meter hurdles and Kelly Gorman (South Amboy, NJ) is one of the top contenders in the 800 meters.
Ellinor Persson (Taby, Sweden), who was the Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events at last year's MAAC Outdoor Championships, has the top mark in the long jump. She'll compete in the triple jump and 100 meter hurdles, as well. Charlene Pohl (Bisingen, Germany) is entered in four events and capable of scoring in each, while Marisa Robbins (Goshen, NY) will look to defend her conference title in the pole vault.
Monmouth's men have won the last three MAAC outdoor titles, but were upset by Rider at the indoor meet. The Monmouth women are also the three-time defending MAAC outdoor champions. In addition to Monmouth and Rider, Manhattan faces stiff competition from the Iona men and Quinnipiac women.Saturday will consist of mainly preliminary heats, as well as a few distance field event finals, with the remaining finals set for Sunday. The top eight finishers in each event score on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.