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BLESSING AND GRACE

The St. John’s track team won the Metropolitan Championships crown on Monday after they were partially rained out on Saturday. St. John’s held a 153-119 lead before the delay, which left four events remaining.

They finished with 178 points, 59 higher then second-place Rutgers. Fordham finished third with 96 points.

“This group has proved to be one of the best track and field teams St. John’s has ever had,” said coach Jim Hurt.

Kellie Brown finished second place in the long jump while Venisa Clarke and LaToya Wilmot finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Clarke also finished third in the high jump.

Three Red Storm athletes also posted NCAA-qualifying marks.

Kaydian Reid posted a time of 53.60 in the 400 meter dash, Blessing Egwu won the hammer throw with a toss of 55.78 meters, and Grace Zollman was victorious in the javelin with a throw of 43.55 meters.

The Red Storm also swept the 400 meter dash with first, second and third victories coming from Reid, Thalene King (56.15) and Tarashon Broomes (58.48). King also won the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.22.

St. John’s won the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relays. In the 4×100, King, along with Jennifer Lewis, Phobay Kutu-Akoi, and Paula Rennalls combined for a time of 48.68. The 4×400 meter saw King once again, along with Broomes, Reid and Maxcine Foster post a time of 3:56.67.

Akoi also won the 100 meter dash at 12.33, and Jasmine Baretto 2:14.15 to take the 800 meter run.

“I’m proud of them,” said coach Hurt.

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