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Meet Recap: MAAC Championships

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ArmoryTrack.com   Feb 22nd 2014, 4:24am

Meet Recap: MAAC Championships

By Doug Binder and Chris Lotsbom, ArmoryTrack.com

Monmouth, one of the new members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, wasted no time establishing dominance over its new brethren in track and field on Saturday at The Armory. The men snapped a 17-year reign by Manhattan atop the MAAC and the women rolled up a huge point total, led by senior Mariah Toussaint and her Wonder Woman socks. Toussaint personally accounted for 38 of her team's 215.5 points and set meet records in the long jump (20-3.50) and 200 meters (24.30).

On the men's side, the indivdual star was St. Peter's senior Isaiah Harris, who won the long jump and triple jump before a huge victory and meet record 7-3 high jump.  

Here is a rundown of meet highlights:

- The Iona men, a distance-only program, rolled up 108 points in only five events: the 800, mile, 3,000, 5,000, DMR and 4x400. Likewise, the women scored 81 points in the same events. Iona broke the meet record in both DMRs. The men ran 9:55.64 and the women ran 12:00.77.

- Toussaint's meet was spectacular. She bettered Malin Olsson's two-year-old meet record of 19 feet, 11.75 inches. Then she led a 1-2 finish for Monmouth in the 60 by clocking 7.74 seconds as teammate Lachelle Wallace got the same time. Officials sorted out the top two places by going to the thousandths. It was Toussaint 7.737 to Wallace's 7.740. Then, Toussaint won the 200, beating Ashley Bowman's 2013 record (24.45). As soon as that was done she concluded the high jump in second place, finishing at 5-3 on tired legs.

"I was really hoping that I could get MVP tonight," she said.

- Iona's Kate Avery also had a meet to remember, smashing the meet record in the women's mile and pulling  away from a pedestrian 3,000 to win her second event. In the mile, she tore through her first 200 in 33 seconds and built a 20-meter lead in the first lap. Pushing hard with nobody in sight, the native of Great Britain cruised through halfway in 2:17 and finished in 4:38.16 -- breaking the meet record by nearly 10 seconds. Her teammate, Regina Neumeyer, was second in 4:52.17.

- Monmouth's Tilah Young and Rider's Rhea Phipps both threw 59-9.50 feet in the women's weight throw, breaking the old meet record of 59-5 feet set in 2013. Young was declared the winner thanks to her second best throw of 58-6. 

- Lauren McDonald, also a Monomouth Hawk, set a meet record in the pole vault by clearing 12-5.50, more than a foot higher than runner-up Miranda Roberts (Rider). Manhattan's Meredith Mante had held the old meet record of 11-9.75 since 2008.

- Saint Peter's sprinter Jamel Presley missed a new meet record by .01 of a second in the 60m hurdles, running 7.97.

- Monmouth's Errol Jeffrey dominated the men's weight throw. His best mark of 65-6 was more than five feet farther than Manhattan's Blerim Pocesta, who placed second. Jeffrey also won the shot put with 59-5.75. Monmouth also got a huge push in the sprints, with big points in the 60 dash (18), the 400 (16) and a 4x400 victory.

- Rider finished second in the women's meet with 94 points and Manhattan was third with 82.5.

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