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Track & Field Has Best Showing of Season At Penn State Invitational


COLLEGE PARK, Pa. - The Seton Hall track and field squads had its finest showing of the season at the Penn State Northeast Challenge over the weekend. The women's 4x400-meter relay team and senior Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) each posted NCAA Provisional times at the meet.

The 4x400-meter relay, composed of Toneisha Friday (Somerset, N.J.), Nigjia Snapp (Mays Landing, N.J.), Krista Simkins (Wissahicken,Pa.), and Hayes, ran the race in 3:39.73 and placed second to the Nittany Lions quartet by just .60 seconds.


Hayes hit a time of 53.35 in the 400-meter dash and was the runner-up to Penn State's Fawn Dorr.

 

Freshman Ivanique Kemp (Nassau, Bahamas) also had a strong weekend for the Pirates. She turned in a pair of ECAC Championship qualifying times, running a 24.93 in the 200-meter dash and improved her performance in the 60-meter hurdles to 8.70.

 

Freshman Janay Mitchell (Teaneck, N.J.) earned her first two BIG EAST Championship spots, clocking in at 7.79 in the 60-meter dash and 25.15 in the 200-meter dash.

 

Freshman Brittany Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit the standard BIG EAST time of 7.85 in the 60-meter dash.

 

Friday turned in an ECAC qualifying time of 1:13.57 in the 500-meter dash for her first individual postseason berth of the indoor season.

 

Junior KeAira Dickerson (Wilmington, Del.) ran to an ECAC time of 2:10.90 in the 800-meter run to add a third event to her postseason repertoire.

 

In the field, senior Shamika Kentish (Virginia Beach, Va.) qualified for the BIG EAST's in the long jump with an attempt of 5.66 meters. Junior Donna Joy Alexander (Cliffwood Beach, N.J.) hit a mark of 11.32 meters in the triple jump to clinch a berth at conference championships.


On the men's side, senior Sean Morris (Burlington, N.J.) qualified for IC4A's in 400-meter dash with a 49.08 performance.

Junior Marvin Carter (Bordentown, N.J.) ran the 500-meter dash in 1:04.72 to earn a spot at the IC4A Championships. He will be joined by teammate Stafford McFarlane (Norwalk, Conn.), who also qualified with a 1:04.85 effort.


Freshman Mamadou Niang (North Caldwell, N.J.) ran a 1:53.53 in the 800-meter run to qualify for his first IC4A Championship event.


The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Morris, Kamar Ellis (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Carter, and McFarlane qualified for IC4A's with a time of 3:15.56.


Seton Hall hits the track on January 22 at the Great Dane Invitational in New York.