KNOXVILLE, Tenn. and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - For the third straight week, the Seton Hall track and field teams split up and ran at the Sea Ray Relays and the Rider Invitational this past weekend. Senior Jernail Hayes (Newark, Del.) was the story once again for the Pirates, who saw many postseason times improve.
Hayes had the 32nd fastest time in the nation in the 400-meter hurdles coming into the weekend, but should move up in the rankings after hitting a mark of 58.35 at the Sea Ray Relays.
Hayes placed third in the 100-meter dash and improved her ECAC qualifying time to 11.86. Freshman Janay Mitchell (Teaneck, N.J.) also stepped up her ECAC time to 12.03 seconds and finished ninth, respectively.
In the women's 400-meter dash, senior Toneisha Friday (Somerset, N.J.) took 11th place with finishing time of 55.68. Friday has already qualified for the ECAC Outdoor Championships in this event. Senior Krista Simkins (Wissahicken, Pa.) ran her fastest time of the outdoor season (55.89) to place 15th. Also in the 400-meter, senior Louise Faye (Thiais, France) ran a BIG EAST Championship standard time of 57.18, en route to a 24th place finish.
The women's 4x100-meter relay shaved some time off their best mark of the season, completing the race in 45.55 for a third place finish. The 4x400 hit a time of 3:41.96 to place fourth, and saw it's "B" quartet post an ECAC qualifying time of 3:44.65.
Junior Matt Rendina (Boothwyn, Pa.) beat the BIG EAST standard time by .01 of a second (11.09) to earn a spot at the conference championships in the 100-meter dash.
In his first race of the outdoor season, junior Christopher Cox (Manahawkin, N.J.) won the men's 400-meter dash with an IC4A qualifying time of 47.12. His teammate Sean Morris (Burlington, N.J.) continued his strong season, capturing eighth place with a time of 48.22.
Sophomore Sean Schnarr (Somerset, N.J.) clocked in at 15.13 in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles to secure a BIG EAST Championship berth.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team won its race, crossing the tape in 3:08.29, increasing their seeding at the IC4A Championships. Like the women, the Pirates "B" squad also hit an ECAC time of 3:16.34. The 4x100-meter relay finished seventh and hit an ECAC provisional mark of 41.61.
Senior Carl Smith (Camden, N.J.) finished fifth in the long jump with an attempt of 6.90 meters.
At the Rider Invitational, senior John Ramos (Hamburg, N.J.) finished second in the long jump, leaping 6.43 meters. Sophomore Asjon Alford (Somerset, N.J.) was fourth with jump of 6.25 meters.
Junior Erica Fitzpatrick (San Pedro, Calif.) took fifth place in the long jump, hitting a mark of 1.50 meters.
Sophomore Erica Bell (Lawnside, N .J.) placed third in the triple jump with a 10.59 meter attempt.
Seton Hall will run at the Metropolitan Championships and the Kansas Invitational this weekend.