The Ramapo men's and women's track teams hosted the Ramapo College Northeast Challenge on Saturday. Despite the dreary weather, both teams were able to perform well on their home turf.
For the men's team, junior Billy Howell placed first in the 5,000-meter race, clocking in at 15:51.98. Ramapo junior Peter Tuohy finished third in the race at 16:00.07.
Freshman Michael Begen placed first for javelin, throwing for 50.32 meters. Sophomore Kevin Constantino placed first in the pole vault, clearing 3.95 meters. The Roadrunners also took second as sophomore Chris Spadaccini cleared 3.65 meters.
Danny Fay came in second for the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 11.67, and in the 200-meter dash at 23.62.
On the women's team, sophomore Emily Brock set a new school record for the 1500-meter race, finishing with a time of 4:56.69.
Junior Jasmine Hammonds placed third in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 13.61.
Senior Taylor Furman finished first for discus, hitting a mark of 38.47 meters. Furman also placed second in the hammer throw with a 43.85-meter toss.
Senior Chelsea Clark finished first for the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1:01.37. The Roadrunners also claimed first in the 4X100-meter relay. The team of sophomores, Briana Setnitzky, Brianna Williams, Clark and Hammonds, finished with a time of 51.41.
The lady Roadrunners also swept first, second and third in the high jump. Junior Stephanie Encarnacion took first with a jump of 1.47 meters, while freshman Kerrianne Connor and senior Christina Cristea finished second and third with jumps of 1.42-meters.
However, The College of New Jersey dominated the 5,000-meter race, as junior Carly Martz, sophomore Marissa Lerit and junior Jillian Manzo placed first, second and third respectively with times of 18:43.31, 18:47.03 and 18:49.94.
Ramapo's sophomore Lindsey Michaliszyn and junior Stacey Slaughter placed fourth and fifth in the 5,000-meter with times of 19:47.62 and 20:06.71, respectively.
Overall, both teams performed well, earning several first place finishes in various events, and they are preparing for the rest of the upcoming season.
"I feel confident that this outdoor season, Ramapo track and field is going to do things people won't expect us to be able to do," said sophomore Tim Perkins.
He also gave his teammates a lot of credit, stating that he is very excited to see how the rest of the season goes.
The Roadrunners will be back in action as they lace up for the Roadrunner Invitational this Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5.