Women’s and Men’s Track Teams Compete in ECAC Championships

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The Ramapo College track and field indoor season concluded this past weekend in Staten Island, as both the men’s and women’s teams competed in the ECAC Championships. 

The women’s team finished in 26th place overall out of 50 teams competing. 

The highest finishers for the women were senior Alicia Green in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:19.07 and sophomores Jessica Cusick in the high jump, who cleared 1.64 meters, and Paris Hughes in the mile, who finished at 5:08.56. All three women placed fifth overall in their respective events.

Other finalists from the women’s team included Mariah Blanton in the 200-meter, Emily Croonquist in the 800-meter and seniors Graciela Morilla in the 1,000-meter and Emily Brock in the 5,000-meter. 

The men’s team fared similarly,finishing in 24th place overall out of the 47 teams competing in the meet. 

Finalists for the men included senior Paul Juelis, juniors Calvin Hartman and Michael Begen and freshman Matt Tuohy. Tuohy finished in 13th place in the 5,000-meter run and Juelis finished seventh overall in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:37.75. Sophomore Chris Dugan finished eighth overall in the mile with a time of 4:19.03. Hartman placed 10th overall in the pole vault clearing 4.41 meters, while Begen finished in 13th, with a shot put throw of 14.70 meters.

The standout athletes of the meet for Ramapo were sophomore Jeremy Hernandez and senior Emily Shipley. Both qualified for the NCAA DIII Championships and will compete this coming weekend at Grinnell College in Iowa.   

Shipley’s mark of 3.75 meters in the pole vault is good for her third qualification in the meet, and is currently tied for the 14th highest mark in Division III this year. While she did not compete at the ECAC Championships, her mark set at the Armory Track invite in February punched her ticket to the National Championships this weekend. 

The sophomore Hernandez, who won the 3,000-meter event at the ECAC Championships, will compete in the mile at NCAAs, and is currently the ninth seed in the championship field with a time of 4:10.75. Hernandez is already the indoor record holder in the event for Ramapo, and this will be his second consecutive trip to the national championship meet.