St. John’s earns second at Princeton Outdoor Meet

Pariis Garcia recorded two personal best's on the day. (Photo: St. John's/Athletic Communications).

Pariis Garcia recorded two personal best's on the day. (Photo: St. John's/Athletic Communications).

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

This past weekend the St. John’s University track and field took second place at the 2016 Princeton Outdoor Meet. The Red Storm collected a total of 89 points with six event victories and 13 total scoring finishes.

Graduate student Claire Mooney broke school­ record in the 800­ meter race with a first place finish. According to the press, Mooney’s time is the 16th­ fastest event time in NCAA Division 1 history.

“We had another good day at Princeton that was highlighted by Claire Mooney’s school record in the 800 ­meter run. She was sensational and her time of 2:06.86 will get her to the NCAA Regionals,” head coach Jim Hurt said.

Graduate Student Pariis Garcia also had an excellent performance, as she finished the meet off with two first place finishes in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Garcia was able to gain a personal best in both her individual victories.

She also recorded a first place finish in the second leg of the 4X100 meter relay team. Garcia, junior Christine Oguledo, senior Shenika King and sophomore Maya Stephens recorded a time of 46.09 seconds to cruise to a victory.

In a second relay, junior Arnelle Thomas, senior Raquel Ricketts, sophomores Teresa Ehiogu and Julia Schwan came in seventh place with a combined time of 48.58 seconds.

As for the 400­meter hurdles, sophomore Jasmine Burkett took home first place, as she ranked the 50th­fastest time in the NCAA Division 1.

Senior Stephanie Van Pelt, long distance runner took second place in the 1500­meter race with a time of 4:23.72. In this event, she ranked 30th in the NCAA Division 1.

In the sprints, the Johnnie’s scored seven times with only 13 runners. Junior Arnelle Thomas and King both took sixth and fourth place in the 200­meter dash. Thomas PR’d with a time of 25.47, whereas King came in with a 25.11. Last but not least, Stephens and Ricketts scored in the 400­meter dash with a second and sixth place.

The Red Storm are back in action at the Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend in New Jersey.