Track Teams Shine in Two Weekend Events

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

The men and women’s track teams competed at the Fast Track National Qualifier at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Center in Staten Island, New York this weekend. The teams competed in the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational at Monmouth University this weekend, as well. 

At the Fast Track Qualifier, there were strong showings from the Roadrunners. In the 800-meter invite race, Jeremy Hernandez clocked in at 1:52.08, good for a 16th place finish. Ramapo’s distance medley, made up of Paul Jeulis, Aaron Wood, Chris Dugan and Hernandez ran a fourth-pace time of 10:13.42.

On the field, Michael Begen was the lone competitor for Ramapo. He participated in the weight throw and the shot put. He placed 13th in the weight throw with a distance of 14.53 meters.

For the women, there were only two competitors from Ramapo. Both Emily Shipley and Danielle Cruiskshank competed in the pole vault. Shipley, who competed in the invite division on the event, placed 12th. She cleared 3.45 meters. 

There were many impressive showings from both the men and women at the Monmouth Invitational. Will McCoy and Alec Barton took home the top two spots in the 5,000 meter run, with times of 16:05.73 and 16:06.52, respectively. Kevin Diana clocked in at 23.67 in the 200-meter dash, which was good for a 14th place finish overall. Dillion Fisher placed 10th in the 500-meter race when he clocked in at 1:13.06. 

Dugan crossed the finish line in 4:24.17 in the mile run for a seventh place finish. Thomas Moore placed seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:55.12. Maximino Meneses placed 13th overall with 9:13.68. In the shot put, Begen hit 15.25 meters for a seventh place finish. He also placed 10th overall in the weight throw with a mark of 15.27 meters.

The women’s meet had equally impressive performances. Emily Brock finished first in her 5,000-meter run when she passed the finish line in a time of 18:39.72. In the 400-meter race, Na’Shimah Allen placed sixth with a time of 1:01.31. Paris Hughes finished the 800-meter race in a 2:20.91, good for a fifth place. Emily Croonquist also placed seventh with a time of 2:22.50. 

Alicia Green placed 10th overall in the 500-meter dash, with a time of 1:22.33. Graciela Morilla placed sixth overall in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 3:13.22. The 4×400-meter relay team made up of Green, Allen, Croonquist and Butler clocked in at 4:10.96 for a fifth place finish.

Coach Justina Cassavell was pleased with the performances of her team this weekend and is excited to see how her team performs at NJACs.

“We had a bunch of athletes qualify for the ECACs at both meets: Ocean Breeze and at Monmouth,” she said. “We should have some outstanding individual performances at NJACs. Our team is strong is some areas but we need to build up in some areas.”

Ramapo will compete in the NJAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Monday at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Center in Staten Island, New York.