Staten Island, N.Y. (February 15, 2019)—The Mount St. Mary's women's indoor track and field team is in first place after the first day of competition at the 2019 Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held today at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Erin Jaskot led the way for the Mount with an incredible win in the 3,000m run. The men's team had a strong first day as well and stands in third place after day one.
The women's team leads the standings with 40 points, followed by Central Connecticut (21), Robert Morris (20), Fairleigh Dickinson (19), Sacred Heart (18), Saint Francis U (16), LIU Brooklyn (14) and Wagner (8).
Wagner paces the men's standings with 40 points, followed by Central Connecticut (29), Mount St. Mary's (26), Saint Francis U (25), Fairleigh Dickinson (13), Sacred Heart (12), LIU Brooklyn (9) and Bryant (2).
Jaskot captured the gold medal in the 3,000m with an unbelievable finish to run down Central Connecticut's Dawn Hubbel by 0.07 seconds. Jaskot rallied from fourth place on the final lap to earn the win in a time of 10:10.00. Maddie Kole finished in sixth place in the event with a mark of 10:21.91.
Elizabeth Shodiya came up big in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.67m (18' 7.25") to earn a silver medal. In the high jump, Rene Rosso claimed fourth place with a mark of 1.64m (5' 4.5") while teammate Chelsea Wright was sixth with a jump of 1.61m (5' 3.25"). The Mount had a trio of scorers in the weight throw with Erin Sample leading the group with a fourth-place finish (14.97m, 49' 1.5"). Jesslyn Manni was fifth (14.75m, 48' 4.75") and Emily Wood seventh (13.52m, 44' 4.75") as the Mount earned 11 points in the event.
The Mount had some outstanding performances from athletes who advanced to the finals tomorrow. Kayla Barnes paced the group by setting the school record in the 200m dash with a time of 24.55 seconds in the preliminaries to advance to tomorrow's final Teammate Dominique Jeffery had the sixth-fastest time at 25.23 seconds to move on to the final as well.
Barnes also advanced to the finals in the 60m dash by putting up the second-fastest time, 7.73 seconds, in the qualifying heats. Jeffery advanced to the finals in the 400m dash (57.59), while Najae Nickerson (60m hurdles, 9.02), Kole (Mile, 5:13.13), Chalys Caruth (500m, 1:17.48), Chardane Logan (500m, 1:18.02), Clarke Hooper (800m, 2:21.17) and Jaskot (800m, 2:20.02) all advanced to tomorrow's finals as well.
On the men's side, Colin Waitzman and Carter Nave tied for third place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.40m (14' 5.75"). In the shot put, the Mount had a trio of athletes score points, led by Alex Devine's fourth-place finish (15.18m, 49' 9.75"). Matthew Selba was seventh (14.75m, 48' 4.75") and Zachary Delker eighth (14.47m, 47' 5.75") for the Mountaineers as well. In the 3,000m, Nicolas Fransham took home fourth place with a time of 8:36.83 while Mitchel Wileczek was sixth with a time of 8:46.75. In qualifying, Benjamin Finnigan (4:20.42) and Isaac Kole (4:21.42) advanced to the finals in the mile run for the Mount as well.
The meet concludes tomorrow with the field events starting at 9:15 a.m. and the running events at 10:00 a.m.