PRINCETON, NJ – Monmouth University's outdoor track and field team wrapped up a successful weekend at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational, as junior Tionna Garner (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Catholic Academy) set a new school record in the women's 800 and junior Andrea Olsen (Estell Manor, NJ/Buena Regional) broke a 12-year-old school record in the women's 100-meter hurdles.
Garner finished the 800 in 2:06.10, securing seventh place overall in a field of 80. She bested her own previous school record, running a 2:06.64 at the William and Mary Colonial Relays three weeks ago. Olsen placed first out of 29 in the 100 meter hurdle preliminaries after crossing in 14.05, breaking the record set by Zekara Riggsbee 12 years ago. She also placed sixth out of 33 in the women's 400-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 1:02.28, giving her an IC4A qualifying time in both events.
“We had some excellent performances in several areas,” said head coach Joe Compagni. “As a team we still have a lot of work in front of us, but we are heading in the right direction.”
After Garner's impressive run on Friday night, junior Lindsey Bellaran (Farmingdale, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) placed 11th out of 79 athletes in the women's 1500 meter run, as she finished in 4:29.59. Allie Wilson (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) and Molly McKeon (Royersford, PA/Pope John Paul II) joined Bellaran and Sydney Engelberger (Great Barrington, MA/Monument Mountain RHS) in qualifying for ECAC's.
In Friday's field events, sophomore Alicia Hester (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) placed seventh out of 25 in the women's hammer throw after distancing 170'2” (51.86m).
In the men's hammer throw, sophomore Tim Wilson (Washingtonville, NY/Washingtonville) took third with a 204'2” throw (62.23m) and teammate Troy Andretta (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) took fifth after a 199'8” toss (60.86m).
The throwing trio of Faith Blamon (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson), Stephanie Roones (Stamford, CT/Westhill), and Kristin Krier (North Brunswick, NJ/South Brunswick) continued their impressive seasons thus far, as Blamon took first among collegians in the women's javelin throw, with Roones in second and Krier placing sixth among the 25 total athletes.
The women's 4x100 meter relay team of Ashley McKinnon, Andrea Olsen, Brianna Piazza, and Domoah Kutu-Akoi kicked off Saturday's events for Monmouth, as they finished sixth out of 18 with a time of 47.22.
After Olsen's record-setting run in the women's 100-meter hurdles, Geordan Ferguson (Lakehurst, NJ/Manchester Township) took home second in the men's 110-meter hurdle preliminaries, crossing in 14.33 seconds. Ferguson would later finish third in the 110 hurdle finals, with a time of 14.41. The senior placed first in the men's 400 meter hurdles later in the day, finishing in 51.82 seconds and giving him his fourth 400 hurdle win of the outdoor season.
Competing against 52 other athletes, the Hawks had three finishers in the top-11 of the men's 100-meter dash. Among collegians, Ahmier Dupree (Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) placed sixth with a time of 10.80, Bryan Sosoo (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) finished tenth after 10.85 seconds, and Eric Kahana (Freehold, NJ/Freehold) was a hair behind them in eleventh (10.86). A couple of events later in the men's 200-meter dash, Dupree picked up an eighth place finish (21.68) and Kahana took tenth (21.70) in the field of 48.
In a field of 58 athletes, sprinter Domoah Kutu-Akoi (Silver Spring, MD/John F. Kennedy) notched an eighth place finish in the women's 100-meter dash, registering a time of 12.04 and qualifying for IC4A's.
To kick off Saturday's field events, Corey Murphy (Yaphank, NY/Longwood) and Tevin Kirby-Stewart (Horsham, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) tied for first among collegians in the men's shot put. Murphy and Kirby-Stewart both threw for a distance of 56'6.5” (17.23m). Kirby-Stewart later placed seventh in the men's discus, notching a throw of 162'3” (49.45m).
Senior Aziza Ahmed (Princeton, NJ/Hightstown) secured a ninth place finish during the women's discus throw in her hometown, totaling 135'4” (41.26).
In the men's triple jump, senior Joey Marini (Lincoln Park, NJ/Boonton) placed first among collegians, jumping to a distance of 48'10.75” (14.90m).
The Hawks will have one final tune-up before the MAAC Championships, as the team will compete in the Penn Relays and Lehigh Games next weekend. Beginning on May 7th in Lawrenceville, NJ, Monmouth will defend its conference title and seek a third straight MAAC Championship.