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Freshmen lead the way in Rhode Island Track and Field meet

Freshman Chinque Thompson, left, and freshman Nikki Fogarty, center, were part of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team that broke the school’s previous record this weekend. KRYSTEN MASSA/THE STATESMAN

The Stony Brook Track and Field team shined in its two-day trip to Rhode Island for the Ocean State Invitational this weekend. Among the impressive performances for the Seawolves was freshman Chinque Thompson’s time of just 12.00 seconds in the 100-meter dash, placing second, and her time of 25.40 seconds to come in second in the 200-meters. She was also part of the women’s 4-x-100 meter relay team that timed in at 47.23 seconds, breaking the previous school record by .11 of a second.

The freshman from Toronto has shown to be a dominant force in her first year in Stony Brook as she is part of a group of excelling rookies for the Seawolves. Freshman McKyla Brooks won her event in the women’s long jump with a distance of 19-feet-2-inches, while both freshmen Dara Smith and Melissa Riback placed first and third in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, respectively.

The women’s 4-x-100 meter relay team has been performing well for most of the spring season, and its members are young for a successful team, being comprised of three freshmen and one sophomore. With a program record in the books, Thompson, along with freshman Sarah Militano, sophomore Kaylyn Gordon and freshman Nikki Fogarty seem to represent a bright future for the team.

Fogarty and sophomore Courtney Warden finished second and third in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively, as Warden’s preliminary time of 14.46 achieved the ECAC regionals standard.

The men’s track and field team also performed well, with junior Oscar Mercado and sophomore Danny Connelly winning their events for the Seawolves. Mercado competed in two events; he placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.05 seconds, but found himself on top of the shorter event, with a winning performance in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.56 seconds. Connelly finished first in the men’s 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:39.40.

Freshman Wayne Williams finished third in the 400-meters with a time of 49.40 seconds, while freshman Shane Harris came in third in the 200-meters, crossing the line in 22.90 seconds.

Williams and Harris were two legs of the men’s 4-x-400 meter relay, being joined by junior Jarrett Button and freshman Abass Braimah to come in second, clocking in at 3:21.47

Freshmen Yanik Martin and Jason Marshall came in second in the long and high jumps, respectively.

The Seawolves are now looking forward to their home event at the Wolfie Invitational on Sunday, April 23, where head coach Andrew Ronan’s team will look to win events in front of its home crowd.

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