NEW ROCHELLE, NY –The Monroe College women’s track and field team had another strong showing at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University this past weekend. The team earned nine more spots at Nationals with some impressive performances.
Leading the way, as usual, was freshman Susan Ejore. The Nakuru, Kenya native ran a lighting quick 2:07.32 in the 800 meter run, her first ever attempt at that distance. The time was not only a national qualifying mark, but it set a new school record as well.
Not to be out done, her rival, fellow freshman Nokuthula Dlamini, ran her first-ever mile distance and merely set a school record (and national qualifying time) with sub five-minute mark of 4:59.09.
In the 500, two more national spots were seized by Jrenda Rivera (1:17.05) and Tashay Roberts (1:17.98). Additioanlly, both marks were personal bests by the two runners.
The fifth national qualifying spot for Monroe went to the women’s distance medley. The team of Dlamini, Rivera, Robers and Ejore set a new school mark with a clocking of 12:02.75 in the race. To date, they are ranked #1, nationally in this event.
The next three national qualifiers on the day went to a trio of sprinters, Zakiya Denoon, Denesha Ransome and Arianne Strunkey. In the 200 meter dash, Denoon continued her dominance with an ultra-fast time of 23.64, setting a new school record in the process. Right behind her was Ransome, who logged a 24.92. Strunkey set a new school record in the 400 with a clocking of 57.08.
The final national qualifying spot went to high jump specialist, Breaisha Morton. The Paterson, New Jersey, production set a new school mark with her leap of 1.65 meters.
The Monroe College women’s track and field team returns to action on Saturday, February, 6, when they compete at the DeSchriver Invitational from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.