NEW YORK (Jan. 29, 2011) – The St. John’s track and field team
captured its first Indoor Metropolitan Championship title since
1989 in dramatic fashion, edging Rutgers 147-142, in action at the
New Balance Armory in New York City.
The meet was decided in its final event, the 4x400-meter relay, as
St. John’s freshman
Shayna Presley overtook the Scarlet Knights runner in the final
straightaway to win the event and secure the title. Presley’s relay
Lauren Wynter and
Rene Cousins, combined for a season-best time of 3:50.60,
qualifying them for the ECAC Championships.
Over the course of the two-day meet, the Red Storm boasted 12 new
career-best performances and six new ECAC or BIG EAST qualifiers.
St. John’s took first place in five different events.
“I’m so proud of the way we fought throughout the entire meet,”
Jim Hurt said. “We put forth gutsy efforts in every event, and
supported each other when it came down to the final relay. Today
was the perfect example of what college championship track and
field is all about. We hope we can carry this momentum into the
rest of the indoor season.”
While it was the relays that secured the victory at the end, senior
Priscilla Frederick opened up the scoring in dominating fashion
on Friday in the pentathlon. Competing in the high jump, long jump,
shot put, 60-meter hurdles and 800-meter race, Frederick took first
place in all but one event, tallying 3,612 points. That total marks
a new career-best performance and ranks 13th in the country and
first in the BIG EAST.