NEW YORK, NY – After one day of competition at the MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Iona College men’s team currently sits in third place while the women’s program ranks fourth.
Highlighting the evening was a new MAAC Championship record from Kieran Clements in the men’s 5,000 meter race. Clements broke the record of Gilbert Kirui by six seconds at 14:15.47 to earn the eight points for the Gaels. Kirui also bettered his championship time, running to a second place finish of 14:18.25.
The Maroon & Gold also claimed spots third through fifth in the race led by a third place time of 14:24.94 from Jac Hopkins. Andrew Tario and Brandon Allen notched a combined nine points for Iona with respective times of 14:25.08 and 14:46.64.
Gerom Solis put forth two preliminary qualifying times to enter finals competition on Sunday. In the 60 meter dash, Solis ran to a fourth place time of 7.06 while a 22.60 time in the 200 meter also earned him fourth place. Wightman also earned qualification for a finals run on Sunday by notching third place in the 800 meter with a time of 1:55.70.
In the men’s mile preliminary, the Gaels earned the top three spots heading into Sunday, led by Miller’s 4:14.5 time. Johannes Motschmann and Dee finished .30 seconds apart with respective time of 4:20.30 and 4:20.60 for second and third place.
Three members of the women’s team helped total 13 points in the 5,000 meter with Julia Flower leading the way. Flower earned eight points for the Maroon & Gold by earning a second place finishing time of 17:36.91. Meanwhile, Jessica Scheriff finished less than a second behind at 17:37.89 for fourth place. Cassandra Gill earned two points behind a seventh place time of 17:51.20.
Also heading into Sunday, five Gaels will perform in the women’s mile final that included a top qualifying time of 5:01.8 from Kaitlyn Ohrtman. Egle Morenaite led a contingent of Iona finishers from third through sixth place with a time of 5:05.0, the top time in the second heat. Gemma Nuttall earned a 5:02.7 time to finish second in the third heat behind Ohrtman while Rachel Garn’s time of 5:04.6 was good enough for second place in the first heat. Helena Keenan finished behind Morenaite in the second heat behind a 5:06.7 time.
Day two of the 2017 MAAC Indoor Track & Field Championships kicks-off tomorrow at 4:30pm with the Women’s Shot Put. The entire 2017 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed live on MAAC.TV.