Men and women’s Track attend TCNJ and AIC invitationals

The New Haven Men and Women’s Track teams were back out on the road to compete, this time out of the state to compete in two different meets, The College of New Jersey track meet and also at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational. Field events continued to be the staple for the team, sweeping the triple jump alongside dominant performances on the track.


Men’s Track

Triple jump was a clean sweep for the Blue and Gold with Jonathan Cineus finishing first, followed by Zerion Montgomery and Jacky Marescot. The three went back and forth taking the top positions from each other. Montgomery took the lead first opening up with a jump of 13.43 meters. Cineus did not let that stand for long, and on his second jump, he marked at 13.64 meters, surpassing Montgomery and Marescot, finding himself at the top of the field. Marescot jumped into the mix on his third jump, landing at 13.28 meters and sitting third behind Cineus and Montgomery. The trio would all make the finals where they would not have to jump and sweep the event for the Chargers.

Carrying the sweep of the triple jump, Montgomery and Marescot continued their success in the long jump, finishing second and third, respectively. The same friendly competition carried over as Marescot bested Montgomery in the first jump, climbing up to second with a jump of 6.59 meters. Montgomery looked up to Marescot on the leaderboard until his third jump where he jumped past him with a mark of 6.62 meters.

Contributing to the success of New Haven, Nathaniel Peters and Jordan Emile finished on the podium in the high jump. Peters opened his jumping by clearing 1.70 meters before moving up to 1.80 meters which, again, he cleared with ease. Jordan Emile started at 1.85 meters alongside Peters, and moved up to 1.90 meters. Peters then went down to the wire, clearing that on his third and final jump. Emile would narrowly miss going out at a final height of 1.85 meters. At this point, Peters was all alone, but kept going and moved on to 1.93 meters, and cleared it on his last jump to secure first place, followed by Emile. Peters added to his day, finishing second in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:00.35 for his second podium finish of the meet.

Jordan Emile may have missed winning the high jump, but he walked away winning the 110 Hurdles, beating teammate Abdiel Tejada and giving the Chargers the top two times. With a qualifying time of (15.59), Emile was seeded fourth. In the finals he would shave off .29 second crossing in a time of (15.30) followed closely by Tejada (15.43).

Going the distance, William Brown finished second in the 5000 meters and crossed the finish line with a time of 15:50.55, missing first place by less than a second.

While the majority of the team was in New Jersey, Cam Picard, along with other throwers, traveled to Springfield to compete at the AIC Yellowjacket Invitational. Picard, in the Javelin, finished third after throwing 42.09 meters. Opening with a throw of 40.71 meters, he quickly found the release, landing on the podium with his second throw. That mark held against the field and Picard finished in third at the meet.

Women’s Track

Kristen Washington is no stranger to the podium in both the long and triple jump, this meet was no different. On her opening jump, she was marked at 5.33 meters, pushing her out beyond her competitors. Washington followed up by beating her own first jump by .09 meters, placing 5.42 meters, a score that would qualify her for the finals, where she went on to win her first event of the afternoon.

Washington later returned to the sand pit for the triple jump. With an opening jump of 11.38 meters, she waited until her third jump to beat her previous score and set the standard for the field. On her final jump in qualifying she jumped 11.51 meters, pushing her through to the finals where she passed her jumps, and would go on to win her second event of the afternoon.

Opening up the meet, the 4x100m relay team finished second, crossing with an overall time of (50.72). They currently have a seed time ahead of the Conference Championships in May.

In Springfield, Mass. at the AIC meet, the throwers controlled the leaderboards. Jalynn McCown took home two second place finishes, first in shot put, followed up in the hammer throw. To successfully make the shot, McCown needed only one throw to land on the podium. Opening with a throw of 10.92 meters, she placed higher up on the leaderboard, setting the standard. That throw placed her in second during her first event of the meet. Following that, she worked up to her top throw in the hammer throw. Opening with a throw of 42.06 meters, McCown continued to increase her distance each time, working up to a final throw of 44.29 meters. She finished in second place in the event and took home her second, second place finish of the meet.

Elise Dodel added to the team’s throwing success, finishing second in the discus finals. She opened up with a throw of 30.39 meters, which secured her a place in the finals with a throw of 31.15 meters. In the finals, Dodel sealed the deal with a throw of 31.74 meters and secured second place for herself in the event.

Neva Bostic continued her domination throwing the Javelin, winning her second meet of the season. Opening up with a throw of 33.99 meters, she set the bar high for herself, but on her fourth throw that wasn’t high enough to maintain her score. In the finals, she opened up with a throw of 35.47 meters that guaranteed her winning the event for the Chargers. Bostic finished third in the 400m hurdles, crossing with a time of 1:20.42.

The teams will travel to Central Connecticut State University on April 16 for their next meet.