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Hayes, Cox, Men's and Women's 4x400 Relays Win BIG EAST Indoor Championships


NEW YORK - Senior Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) and junior Christopher Cox (Manahawkin, N.J.) along with the men's and women's 4x400-meter relay squads each earned BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Sunday afternoon. Overall, the women took eighth place, while the men finished 10th.


Hayes won the 500-meter dash for the third straight year, clocking in at 1:11.61, and winning the race by .81 seconds. Junior KeAira Dickerson (Wilmington, Del.) ran a 1:14.11 to take eighth place.

 

Cox traded in his 500-meter championship with the 400-meter dash crown after cruising to a 47.47 in the finals. Sean Morris picked up eighth place with a 49.89.

 

Hayes earned third place in the 200-meter dash, hitting an NCAA provisional time of 23.89.

 

The women's 4x400-meter relay of Toneisha Friday (Somerset, N.J.), Nijgia Snapp (Mays Landing, N.J.), Dickerson, and Krista Simkins (Wissahicken, Pa.) won another title, speeding to a time of 3:41.22.

 

The men's 4x400, consisting of Morris, Kamar Ellis (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Antonio Reynolds (Orlando, Fla.), and Cox, were also victorious. The quartet ran a time of 3:11.35.

 

Dickerson had an even better finish in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:09.78 performance in the finals to finish in second place. Snapp placed eighth in the event after running a 2:14.90.

 

Fresman Ivanique Kemp (Nassau, Bahamas) gave the women's team points in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.51 in the finals to place fourth. Snapp and Friday also gave the women's team some points. Snapp finished in fifth with a time of 55.06, while Friday cracked the top-eight with a mark of 55.71.

 

Simkins finished fifth in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 54.85.

 

The Seton Hall's men five-year reign on the 500-meter dash championship ended, but Ellis did finish fourth (1:02.58). Teammate Marvin Carter (Bordentown, N.J.) placed eighth (1:04.56).

 

Junior Nick Frimpong (East Hartford, Conn.) jumped 15.02 meters in the triple jump to secure seventh place.


The Pirates will host the Seton Hall Last Chance Meet on Sunday, February 28.