New Britain, Conn. (May 4, 2019)--Defending champion Mount St. Mary's men's outdoor track and field team holds the lead after the first day of competition at the 2019 Northeast Conference Championships while the women's team is in sixth place. The meet is being held at Central Connecticut State University.
The Mount has 61 points to lead the men's standings, followed by Central Connecticut (57), Saint Francis U (52), Sacred Heart (39), Wagner (30), Bryant (18), Fairleigh Dickinson (12), LIU Brooklyn (2) and St. Francis Brooklyn (2). Saint Francis U leads the women's standings with 60 points, followed by Sacred Heart (53.5), Robert Morris (41), Central Connecticut (39), Fairleigh Dickinson (27), Mount St. Mary's (21), Wagner (16.5), LIU Brooklyn (11) and Bryant (4).
Will Merritt paced the Mount performances on the men's side by winning a gold medal in the 10,000m run. Merritt finished the race with a time of 33:06.98 to capture the Mount's first points of the day. Teammate Nicolas Fransham finished in third place with a time of 33:25.47. The Mountaineers had three third-place finishes on day one as well. Christopher Gabor finished third in the pole vault (4.65m), Matthew Selba third in the hammer throw (52.59m) and Dylan LaNoue third in the high jump (1.99m) for the Mountaineers.
Gabor added a sixth-place mark in the long jump (6.70m) while Carter Nave was fourth in the pole vault (4.55m). Max Davis (5th, 45.72m), Sam Shinn (7th, 44.26m) and Alex Devine (8th, 43.81m) all scored in the hammer throw, giving the Mount four of the top eight finishers in the event. Brandon Leftwich and Jonathan Burns tied for seventh in the high jump (1.85m) while Zachary Delker was fifth in the shot put (15.21m) and Devine seventh (14.63m). The Mount's 4x800m relay of Isaac Kole, Brandon Briscoe, Brendan Roach and Benjamin Finnigan finished fifth with a time of 7:43.84.
Justin Kimble advanced to the finals in both the 100m dash (10.54) and the 200m dash (21.68). Justyn Seivright qualified for the finals in the 400m hurdles (54.69) while Finnigan (3:59.49) and Kole (3:59.70) moved on to the finals in the 1,500m run.
The Mount's 4x800m relay team won a gold medal to pace the Mountaineer women's team. The quartet of Maddie Kole, Destiny Boone, Clarke Hooper and Erin Jaskot had a winning time of 9:08.12, edging Sacred Heart by just .13 seconds. Erin Sample finished third in the hammer throw (49.44m) while Jesslyn Manni was eighth in the hammer (45.77m). Rene Rosso added a sixth-place mark in the high jump (1.64m) while Bryanna Youtzy was eighth in the javelin (35.35m).
Kayla Barnes advanced to Sunday's finals in the 100m (12.02) and the 200m (24.54) while Dominique Jeffery advanced to the finals in the 400m (57.01) and the 200m (25.01). Najae Nickerson advanced to the finals in both the 100m hurdles (14.41) and the 400m hurdles (1:02.28). Also advancing to finals on Sunday were Russo in the 100m hurdles (14.72) and Hooper in the 800m (2:18.35).
The meet concludes tomorrow.