Staten Island, N.Y. (February 16, 2018)—A pair of gold medal performances paced the Mount St. Mary's men's and women's indoor track and field teams on the first day of the 2018 Northeast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is being held at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex. The Mountaineer men are in second place in the team standings while the women's team is in third place.
On the men's side, Central Connecticut is the first day leader with 45 points, followed by the Mount (29), Sacred Heart (23), Saint Francis U (21), Fairleigh Dickinson (20), Wagner (13) and Bryant (7).
Saint Francis U leads the women's field with 39 points, followed by Sacred Heart (34), the Mount (24), Central Connecticut (17), Robert Morris (16), LIU Brooklyn (13), Fairleigh Dickinson (10) and Wagner (3).
Brenden Chavis defended his title in the men's weight throw, taking home the gold medal with a mark of 16.68m (54' 8.75"). Chavis, who entered the meet with the top performance this season, won the title last year as a junior.
Joining Chavis with gold-medal honors was D.J. Workcuff, who won the long jump with an impressive mark of 7.45m (24' 5.5"). Workcuff was just five centimeters off the NEC record. His performance moves him into second place on the Mount's all-time list, just one centimeter behind Carlos O'Connell, who jumped 7.46m (24' 5.75").
Also scoring for the Mountaineer men's team on Friday were Will Merritt and Nicolas Fransham in the 3000m and Zachary Delker in the weight throw. Merritt finished in fifth place with a time of 8:38.04 while Fransham was sixth with a mark of 8:39.77. Delker had a toss of 14.35m (47' 0.75") to finish in seventh place in the weight throw.
Elizabeth Shodiya took home second place in the long jump for the women's team with a mark of 5.53m (18' 1.75"). Erin Sample added a third-place mark in the shot put (14.09m, 46' 2.75") while pole vaulters Moriah Fitzgerald (3rd place, 3.45m, 11' 3.75") and Rachel Finn (5th place, 3.45m, 11' 3.75") also scored.
Kimble had the second-fastest time in the 60m dash at 6.92 seconds while he advanced to the finals in the 200m as well with a mark of 22.02 seconds. Barnes had the top time in the women's 60m dash (7.76) while her mar of 24.91 seconds in the 200m was the second-best mark in the preliminary round.
Other qualifiers on the men's side include Workcuff (7th in 60m dash, 7.02), Benjamin Finnigan (6th in the mile, 4:28.55), Scott Baker (9th in the mile, 4:27.82) and Isaac Kole (7th in the 800m run, 1:57.64).
For the women, Najae Nickerson had the fourth-best mark in the 60m hurdles at 9.07 seconds to move on to the finals. Marian McLane was second in the 400m dash at 57.43 to move to the final with Clarke Hooper advancing to the finals in the 800m (7th, 2:21.55). Chalys Caruth (3rd, 1:18.11) and Chardane Logan (6th, 1:18.37) each advanced to the finals in the 500m as well.
The meet concludes tomorrow.