New Britain, Conn. (May 5, 2019)—The Mount St. Mary's men's outdoor track and field team finished in third place at the 2019 Northeast Conference Championships while the women's team finished in sixth. The two-day meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State University, concluded today. Will Merritt was named the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer (Distance).
The defending champions, the Mount men finished in third place with 141 points, trailing champion Saint Francis U (192) and Central Connecticut (150). LIU Brooklyn finished fourth with 74 points, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson (67), Wagner (65), Bryant (58), Sacred Heart (56) and St. Francis Brooklyn (15).
In an extremely tight race in the women's standings, Central Connecticut edged Sacred Heart by a mere one-half of a point to win the title. Central Connecticut had 118 points, followed by Sacred Heart (117.5), Saint Francis U (116), Fairleigh Dickinson (108), LIU Brooklyn (106), Mount St. Mary's (94), Robert Morris (81), Wagner (61.5), Bryant (7) and St. Francis Brooklyn (4).
Highlighting day two for the Mountaineers were gold-medal performances by Brian Sagendorf in the javelin and Nicolas Fransham in the 5,000m run. Sagendorf bested the field with a throw 62.68m in the javelin while Fransham came home with a winning time of 14:43.56.
Justin Kimble finished in fourth place in the 100m dash with a time of 10.73 seconds and eighth in the 200m dash. Isaac Kole was third in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:58.16 while Benjamin Finnigan finished sixth with a mark of 4:00.34.
The Mount had three athletes score in the 5,000m run. In addition to Fransham's winning time, Finnigan finished fourth (15:09.01) while Kole was eighth (15:11.11). Merritt was second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:22.47 while Mitchel Wileczek was right behind in third place with a mark of 9:25.92.
Justyn Seivright was seventh in the 400m hurdles (56.94) while the 4x100m relay team of Andrew Humm, Kimble, Christopher Gabor and Lewis Kungu were fifth with a time of 41.69 seconds. The 4x400m relay team of Seivright, Gabor, Branden Roach and Brandon Briscoe was sixth with a time of 3:21.08.
In the triple jump, Sean Fahey finished fourth with a mark of 14.45m while Dylan LaNoue placed seventh (14.15m). Matthew Selba added a third-place mark in the discus (46.14m) while Gabor added a sixth-place finish in the discus (52.72m).
For the Mount women today, Erin Sample's second place finish in the shot put (14.09m) led the way.
Kayla Barnes was sixth in the 100m dash (12.53) and eighth in the 200m dash (25.94). Dominique Jeffery was sixth in the 200m (25.36) while also finishing sixth in the 400m dash (58.48). Clarke Hooper was third in the 800m (2:16.12) while Erin Jaskot was second in the 1,500m (4:45.14) and fourth in the 5,000m run (17:50.51).
Najae Nickerson finished second in the 100m hurdles (14.44) with Rene Rosso finishing sixth (15.06) in the event. Nickerson added an eighth-place finish in the 400m hurdles (1:06.83). Maddie Kole came home fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase (11:36.38) while the 4x100m relay team of Nickerson, Barnes, Mariah McLane and Jeffery placed third with a time of 47.32 seconds. The 4x400m relay team of Chalys Caruth, Chardane Logan, McLane and Jeffery also finished third, posting a time of 3:50.32. Emily Eckard (5th, 37.83m) and Emily Wood (6th, 37.22m) each scored in the discus.