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Relay teams, throwers shine on track

George Mason women’s indoors track team was playing Patriot Games in Fairfax and playing well Feb. 1. When the smoke cleared, the Pats had bested James Madison 186-132. Thirteen Div. I schools teams competed. Howard was fourth and American ninth. All results are here.

George Mason was led by Daianna Barron, Taylor Wheaton, Mandissa Marshall, Amanda Denger and Haley Hale who all finished first in their respective events.

Marshall took her fourth pole vault title in as many meets and set a facility record with a distance of 13-feet 10 inches. Hale took the top spot in the women’s weight throw in a distance of 14.44m. While Amanda Denger won the women’s pentathlon with a final score of 3,504.

In addition, Dominque Graham (McLean, Va., 55.18) and Caela Williams (57.9) scored first and second in the NCAA Div. 1 400m dash.

Howard’s 4x400m relay team (Michelle Cole, Jasmin Selby, Tiana Teague [Upper Marlboro, Md.] and Imahni Johnson [Waldorf, Md.]) won the Div. I race in 3:55.96. Cynthia Ruffin was third in the 800m run in 2:22.16.

AU’s Julia Sullivan led the Eagles with a runner-up in the 1,000m run with a personal best mark of 2:57.42. American’s 4x800 relay team (Kalseagh Burdis, Corina Velazco, Anike Oladeji and Sullivan) was third in 9:30.84.

The University of the District of Columbia’s 4x400m relay team (Kaydian Jones, Charmaine Sweeney, Marlena Wright and Jerily Benjamin) won its division in 3:56.37.

Jones ran a personal best 7.83 seconds in her 60m heat. She finish third in the Non-Division I final with yet another personal best and NCAA Provisional qualifying time, running 7.72. Benjamin was third in the 400m dash.

Catholic’s Megan Ross placed second in her division in the weight toss with a throw of 41-feet-5.25

Prince George’s Community College’s Zuwena Johnson ran an NJCAA qualifying time of 2:24:38 in the 800m.

Navy sinks Army

The Navy women’s track & field team took down Army for the ninth-straight year, 104-77, Saturday. The Mids improved their all-time series record over Army, 15-12-1. Navy finished first in 12 of the 17 events. The Mids won five of six field events and seven of the 11 events on the track.

Navy fed off of the energy that Madeline Zell (Severna Park, Md.) gave off during the entire meet. Before the competition began, Zell sang the national anthem. She followed up with a first-place finish in the 800m (2:16.80).

Zell capped off the meet with an exciting finish in the 4x800m relay. After the first three legs, Army held a substantial lead heading into the final leg. Elizabeth Moton had the lead for the Black Knights in the final lap until the last 100m. As soon as Moton began the last bank of the race, Zell came up with a burst of speed and ran pass Moton to win it for Navy.

Hali McFadgen (Woodbridge, Va.) had strong finishes in both the 60m hurdles (8.97) and long jump (5.56m), finishing first in both. McFadgen’s marks in both events were personal bests.

Blue and Gray milers win

The women’s mile saw a duo of Hoyas lead the way with Georgetown’s Hannah Neczypor and Annamarie Maag took the two top spots in the women’s mile with times of 4:51.76 and 4:52.67, respectively, at the Penn State Invitational. Kirsten Kasper finished fourth with a time of 4:54.84. Andrea Keklak finished second in the mile invitational with a time of 4:44.37.

Maryland’s Amina Smith won her first women’s high jump of the season, Cici Onyekwere won her third women’s shot put on Saturday as Maryland competed in the Lions Invitational track and field meet.