Fordham Men & Women Place Third at 2012 Metropolitan Outdoor Track & Field Championship
April 14, 2012
Piscataway, N.J. - The Fordham track & field team had another outstanding effort on day two of the 2012 Metropolitan Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Rams took home bronze in both team competitions, as well as five event wins to go with the two from Friday.
Fordham also saw three new ECAC/IC4A Championship qualifying marks during the day and two new school records in the women's 400 meter hurdles and the women's 400 meter dash.
In the women's competition, Fordham finished third with 96 points, behind only Rutgers (192) and St. John's (174).
Highlighting the day, Kristen Stuart bettered her own school record in the 400 meter hurdles, by placing second in a time of 1:02.75, while Titi Fagade broke the school record in the 400 meter dash, taking third overall in an ECAC qualifying time of 55.65 seconds. The old mark in the 400 meter dash was 56.10, set by Stephanie Irvin in 2004.
In addition to the school records, Courtnay Newman was the Rams' second new qualifier for the ECAC Championship, clearing a career-best 5' 7" to finish second in the high jump.
Other individual scorers on the women's side included Kelly Connolly, who was fourth in the 800 meters (2:17.46), Sarah Glockenmeier, who was fifth in the 5,000 meters (19:14.78), Melissa Higgins, who took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:04.14), and Averie Sheppard, who placed sixth in the 100 meter hurdles in a career-best time of 15.20 seconds.
In the women's relays, Fordham earned second place in the 4x800 relay in 9:30.56, while the 4x400 relay was third in 3:49.42. The 4x100 relay also took fifth in a season-best time of 48.98 seconds.
In the men's competition, Fordham finished third with 126 points, behind only Manhattan (164.5) and Rutgers (150).
The Rams had four event wins on Saturday, following Rich Grandelli's first place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Friday. Sean Collins was the leader of the pack winning both the 110 and 400 meter hurdle events. Collins posted an IC4A qualifying time of 14.68 seconds to win the 110 meter hurdles, while winning the 400 meter hurdles in 53.88 seconds.
The Rams also had four athletes finish in second or third place in their respective events. Kevin Harvey made it a 1-2 Fordham finish in the 5,000 meter run, taking second in 15:21.69, while Sean Atkinson (55.04) and David Fajoyomi (6' 7") earned third place in the 400 meter hurdles and high jump respectively.
Sam Houston was Fordham's last top three finisher, as he grabbed second in the decathlon with a score of 6,340 points. He was first or tied for first in five of the ten events, including the 400 meters (50.67), 1500 meters (4:53.22), high jump (6' 3 ¼"), long jump (22' 1 ¼"), and shot put (40' 6 ¾").
The Rams' only other individual scorers came in the 1,500 meter run, as Ryan Polo, Julian Saad, and Brian Riley finished in sixth (3:56.75), seventh (3:57.33), and eighth place (3:58.54), respectively.
In the men's relays, Fordham earned second place in both the 4x400 relay (3:17.47) and the 4x800 relay (7:48.02), while earning fourth place in the 4x100 relay (42.98).
The Fordham track & field teams will next be in action on April 20-21, as the teams compete at the Princeton Night at the Races on April 20th and the Sam Howell Invitational on April 21st, which will also be held at Princeton University.