Track Headed to ECACs after Last In-Season Meet

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

The Ramapo men’s and women’s indoor track teams competed at the Fast Track Last Chance Meet over the weekend

Distance runner Jeremy Hernandez had an outstanding showing at the meet. Hernandez finished in the top 10 of the mile run with a time of 4:07.58, which was good for a ninth-place finish. That time also broke his own Ramapo indoor record and places him 10th on the NCAA Championship qualifying list. Distance runner Paul Juelis also competed in the mile and placed 26th with a time of 4:19.03. This time qualified Juelis for the ECAC Championships.

On the field, pole-vaulter Calvin Hartman finished ninth, when he cleared a height of 4.50 meters. Michael Begen finished second in the shot put with a mark of 15.40 meters. He also competed in the weight throw with a mark of 15.20 meters. This mark was good enough for a seventh-place finish. 

For the women, sprinter Alicia Green posted a time of 1:19.82 in the 500-meter run for a third-place finish. This time was a personal best for Green, as well as an ECAC qualifying time. Sprinter Mariah Blanton competed in the 200-meter dash and crossed the finish with a time of 26.47. This time was good for a 10th-place finish. 

Mid-distance runner Graciela Morilla placed eighth overall in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:06.87. This time was a personal best for Morilla and also qualified her for ECACs. Mid-distance runner Emily Croonquist posted a time of 5:19.08 in the mile run, which was good for a 14th-place finish. Distance runner Paris Hughes ran the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:30.61. This time was not only good for a seventh-place finish, but also a personal best and an ECAC qualifying time. 

On the field, pole-vaulter Emily Shipley placed second overall when she cleared 3.55 meters. Jumper Amber Edwards cleared 10.42 meters in the triple jump, which was good for a 10th-place finish. Jessica Cusick placed 11th overall in the high jump when she cleared 1.60 meters. This mark ties her personal best and was good for an ECAC qualifying mark. 

When asked about the meet, head coach Justina Cassavell was happy with the how her team performed. 

“We had some great performances from individuals, but we need to build some areas to become a better team,” stated Cassavell. “Overall, we did well, but we have work to do to get more athletes in some areas we are thin.”

With the spring right around the corner, Cassavell believes her team is ready for a strong season.

“Our athletes are ready to have a solid spring, and we look forward to having some outstanding individual performances and to grow as a team so that next year we are even better,” she said.

The Roadrunners return to action when they compete in the ECAC Championships on March 4 and 5.