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.