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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

SJU gets “on track” at New Balance Invitational

The St. John’s track and field team had several Top 10 finishes in
the New Balance Invitational last
weekend at the Armory in New York City.

Junior Priscilla Frederick, the
reigning Big East Field Athlete of the
Week, finished second in the high
jump championship, tying her school
record height of 1.82 meters, putting
her right behind Wisconsin’s Megan Seidl.
Freshman Rikka Lovely qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 200-meter dash Friday, posting a time of 24.89 seconds in the preliminary heat. Lovely also ran a 7.79 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash.

Sophomore Chanel King also came close to joining Lovely at the ECAC Championships, as King threw the shotput a personal-best 13.31 meters, but fell short of the ECAC-qualifying distance of 13.50 meters. King also placed 18th
in the weight throw with a distance of
16.51 meters.

Junior Kim Piard competed in
the championships for the 500-meter
dash, where she finished eighth overall
with a time of 1:15.16.

But the Red Storm didn’t just find
success in the individual events.
St. John’s also finished strong in
the relays.

In the New York/New Jersey heat
of the 4×400-meter relay, the Red
Storm managed fourth. Molly
Ellis, Asia Nettles, Rene Cousins, and
Lauren Wynter all combined for a
season-best 3:54.89.

St. John’s also finished 10th in the 4×800-meter relay, where Piard, Sarah Sudbury, Pamela Petruski, and Alexis Bean combined for a time of 9:20.30, which beat their time from the previous
week by twelve seconds.

Sarah Sudbury also competed in the 1000-meter race, where she improved
her season-best time by almost four
seconds, with a time of 3:00.64, good enough for 28th in the event.

Freshman Stephanie Barnes also
improved upon her season-best mark
in the long-jump preliminaries, where
she jumped 5.17 meters. She also
competed in the triple jump preliminaries, where she jumped 11.72
meters. Junior Bintou Dibba competed
in the triple jump with Barnes, recording
a distance of 10.26 meters, which was
better than Barnes’ mark.

The Red Storm will head 0Boston University this weekend for the Valentine’s Day Invite, and will eventually return to New York for
the Big East Championships at the
Armory Feb. 20-21.

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