Staten Island, N.Y. (February 16, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's captured its first Northeast Conference women's indoor track and field championship in 22 years today at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Erin Jakot was named the meet's most valuable performer as the Mount took home the team title with 138 points. The Mount men's team finished in sixth place at the meet.
The Mount won the women's title with 138 points, ahead of Fairleigh Dickinson (105), LIU Brooklyn (98), Sacred Heart 967), Central Connecticut (63), Robert Morris (63), Saint Francis U (54), Wagner (51), Bryant (15) and St. Francis Brooklyn (9). The Mount cleaned up in the individual awards with Jaskot winning MVP honors, Kayla Barnes Most Outstanding Performer (Sprints), Erin Sample Most Outstanding Performer (Throws) and Dominique Jeffery Co-Rookie of the Meet. Jaskot is the first Mountaineer to win MVP honors at the NEC Indoor Championships since Heather Moul in 1998. Jeffery is the third Mountaineer to win NEC Rookie of the Meet honors, joining Barnes (2018) and Ashley DeCruise (2008).
Jaskot, who won the 3,000m run in dramatic fashion yesterday, finished in second place today in the 800m (2:14.27) while also anchoring the Distance Medley Relay that won gold with a time of 12:08.45. Barnes won the 200m dash with a time of 24.53 seconds while finishing in second place in the 60m dash with a mark of 7.70 seconds. Najae Nickerson won the gold medal in the 60m hurdles with a winning time of 8.83 seconds. The Mount captured both relays on Saturday, with the 4x400m relay closing the meet by breaking the Northeast Conference record. The quartet of Chalys Caruth, Mariah McLane, Jeffery and Barnes posted a time of 3:50.07 to take home the gold. The Distance Mile Relay team was comprised of Kole, Logan, Hooper and Jaskot.
Jeffery finished in third place in the 200m dash and sixth place in the 400m dash (57.67), Logan was fourth in the 500m (1:16.51) while teammate Caruth was sixth in the event with a time of 1:16.82. Hooper finished fourth in the 800m (2:16.02) while Rachel Finn had a second-place finish in the pole vault (3.75m, 12' 3.5"). Sample finished in second in the shot put (14.83m, 48' 8") today after finishing in third in the weight throw yesterday to earn the Most Outstanding Peformer award in the throws.
For the men, Nicolas Fransham finished in second place in the 5,000m run with a mark of 15:06.33 with Mitchel Wileczek finishing in fifth with a mark of 15:20.92. Benjamin Finnigan was third in the mile run with a time of 4:13.99 while Isaac Kole finished in seventh with a mark of 4:19.61. The Mount's Distance Medley Relay squad of Kole, Branden Roach, Brandon Briscoe and Finnigan placed second with a time of 10:13.42 while the 4x400m relay team of Justyn Seivright, Andrew Humm, Dhane Schmelyun and Tyler Howard placed seventh (3:23.32). Dylan LaNoue was fourth in the high jump (1.92m, 6' 3.5"), Matthew Selba fourth in the weight throw (15.74m, 51' 7.75"), Zachary Delker seventh in the weight throw (14.88m, 48' 10") and Sam Shinn eighth in the weight throw (14.74m, 48' 4.5").
LIU Brooklyn won the team title on the men's side with 127 points, followed by Saint Francis U (122.5), Wagner (101.5), Central Connecticut (98), Fairleigh Dickinson (73), Mount St. Mary's (70), Sacred Heart (33), Bryant (23) and St. Francis Brooklyn (13).