The St. John’s men’s tennis team defeated Binghamton last weekend on St. John’s campus by the score of 6-1.
The Red Storm (3-6) won five out of six singles matches and took two out of three doubles matches for the encouraging victory.
In doubles, the Johnnies’ No. 1 team of senior Rick Ferreira and freshman Arnaud Agniel won in a drawn out, tight-fisted tiebreaker (9-8, 5) against the Binghamton team of Brad Sherwood and Ashkay Rao.
The No. 2 spot in doubles featured the team of freshman Nick Stocker and freshman Morgan Bauer securing the winning doubles point with an 8-6 victory over the Bearcats’ Rodrigo Vallebenani and Edwin Gerard.
The most riveting match of the day saw senior Jake Maxwell drop the first set but then come back to win the next two for a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Agniel, Bauer and Stocker all won their respective singles matches in straight sets against the Bearcats, as did sophomore Boris Chiporuka.
The St. John’s men’s tennis team returns to action when they travel to Irvine, Calif. for the University of California-Irvine Classic on March 28-30.
Track and Field
St. John’s men’s track runner junior DeWayne Barrett broke the oldest school record in the 400 meters at the season openning Baldy Castillo Invitational held at Arizona State University last weekend.
His time of 46.19 only placed him second in the event, but first in the illustrious history of St. John’s sprinters.
The record had been previously held by former Olympian Tom Farrell and had stood for the past 38 years since Farrell set it in 1965 with a time of 46.9.
Barrett bested his own personal record of 47.06 in the 400 that he broke only a few weeks earlier at the IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Barrett’s time was also good enough to qualify him for the Big East, IC4 and NCAA Regional Championships.
Barrett was not the only member of the team to shine.
Ben Catalano took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.49.
The women’s team also had success in the 400-meter hurdles.
Sophie Sylvain finished fourth with a time of 1:09.56 and senior Mika Rose finished just behind her in fifth place, clocking a time of 1:12.62.
The ladies did not stop there. Junior Alina Abramova continued her success in the long jump, earning another top-five finish in the event with a score of 5.64m.
Sophomore Grace Zollman earned her first fifth place finish of the year with a toss of 36.34m in the javelin.
The men’s and women’s track teams are back in action March 28 when they compete in the Paper Tiger Invitational at Louisiana State University.
St. John’s senior golfer Andrew Svoboda is second overall, and four shots off the lead, at one-over par 72 after the first round of the William & Mary Invitational at the Kingsmill River Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
The Red Storm are 16th overall after an opening round score of 30-over par 314.
Sophomore Ian Middleton is tied for 54th at eight-over par 79, while freshman Tom Travalja is tied for 69th at 10-over par 81.
Seniors Kyle Sleasman and John DeForest are tied for 75th and 88th, respectively.
The St. John’s men’s golf team continues play at the William & Mary Invitational this week.