NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Seton Hall women's track & field team recorded a second place finish out of 14 teams at the Metropolitan Championships on Saturday. The men's team also turned in a solid performance, ranking fifth out of 13 squads.
Freshman Nijgia Snapp (Mays Landing, N.J.) hit an NCAA provisional time of 2:09.83 en route to a win in the 800-meter run.
In the women's 60-meter dash, freshman Janay Mitchell (Teaneck, N.J.) and senior Krista Simkins (Wissahicken, Pa.) had strong races. Mitchell placed third with an ECAC qualifying time of 7.63, while Simkins finished fourth at 7.78 seconds, respectively.
The Pirates had three female runners score points in the 200-meter dash. Simkins won the race in 24.38 seconds, Mitchell was the runner-up (24.59), and senior Toneisha Friday (Somerset, N.J.) was fourth (24.99). All three times were good enough to secure positions at the ECAC's.
Friday picked up an individual win in the 400-meter dash, hitting a time of 56.21. The newest member of the squad, senior Louise Faye (Thiais, France), turned in a fourth place finish with a 57.35, which also added her name to the BIG EAST Championship roster.
Senior Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) was the winner of the 500-meter dash, compiling a time of 1:11.50, easily breaking the ECAC Championship standard time. Sophomore Keshia Rudolph (Chesapeake, Va.) rounded out the scoring in the event with an eighth place finish (1:18.00).
Seton Hall also had a strong showing in the 1,000-meter run with a trio of athletes compiling points. Junior KeAira Dickerson (Wilmington, Del.) placed second with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:54.64. Freshman Hughnique Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) finished in third, posting a BIG EAST standard time of 2:57.75. Junior Alexandra Hehn (Toms River, N.J.) was seventh (3:00.92).
Freshman Ivanique Kemp (Nassau, Bahamas) earned the silver in the 60-meter hurdles with an ECAC standard mark of 8.78.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Mitchell, Snapp, Simkins, and Hayes won their event by approximately three seconds with a time of 3:47.16. The 4x800-meter relay team of Faye, Hehn, Rolle, and Dickerson also placed first, clocking in at 9:18.72.
The distance medley squad of Madison Wrest (Edmonds, Wash.), Eloisa Paredes (Clifton, N.J.), Kristen Hardy (Farmington Hills, Mich.), and Rudolph earned three points with a sixth place finish (13:45.12).
Junior Erica Fitzpatrick (San Pedro, Calif.) hit a mark of 1.50 meters in the high jump to secure sixth place. Fitzpatrick and Erica Bell (Lawnside, N.J.) also scored points in the pentathlon finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.
Junior Christopher Cox (Manahawkin, N.J.) successfully defended his 500-meter dash title with a time of 1:03.72. His performance also clinched a berth at the IC4A Championships. Teammate Dorian Ellerbe (South Orange, N.J.) turned in a sixth place finish, crossing the finish line in 1:05.89.
Senior Kamar Ellis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished fifth in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 49.51 and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships. Also in the men's 400-meter, Antonio Reynolds ran a 50.05 to tie for seventh place to earn some points for the team.
In the 800-meter run, senior Stafford McFarlane (Norwalk, Conn.) placed fourth, running a 1:56.13. Junior Tom Corona (Fairfield, Conn.) finished seventh in the 1,000-meter run with a 2:33.60.
Sophomore Sean Schnarr (Somerset, N.J.) finished sixth and posted an IC4A standard time of 8.10 in the 60-meter hurdles.
The relay team of Sean Morris (Burlington, N.J.), Ellis, Marvin Carter (Bordentown, N.J.), and Cox were victorious in the 4x400-meter relay, cruising to a time of 3:16.85 and punching a ticket to the IC4A's.
The 4x800-meter team of Corona, Mamadou Niang (North Caldwell, N.J.), Ellerbe, and McFarlane finished seventh, turning in a 7:59.46. The distance-medley relay squad composed of Jared Hanko (Montville, N.J.), Dwight Parker (Randallstown, Md.), Marcellus McCord (Mt. Holly, N.J.), and Andrew O'Leary (Liverpool, N.Y.) placed sixth with a time of 10:38.29.
Junior Nick Frimpong (East Hartford, Conn.) finished third in the triple jump, leaping to a distance of 14.68 meters and earning a spot at the IC4A Championships. Frimpong also placed eighth in the high jump with an attempt of 1.89 meters.
Sophomore Asjon Alford (Somerset, N.J.) picked up points in the long jump, hitting a mark of 6.41 meters.
Senior John Ramos (Hamburg, N.J.) racked up 4,464 points in the heptathlon to finish in fourth place.
Seton Hall returns to action next weekend at the Collegiate Invitational in at the New York Armory.