NEW YORK, NY – A total of 116 points helped the Iona College men’s indoor track and field team earn third place at the MAAC Championships following two days of competition at the Armory Track & Field Center. The women’s squad earned a fifth place behind a total 56 points.
Starting the day were four top-eight finishes in the women’s mile final race after Kaitlyn Ohrtman earned first place in the preliminaries. Ohrtman improved her time by three seconds at 4:58.67, however, she was edged out by teammate Gemma Nuttall by .03 seconds for second place. Egle Morenaite garnered fifth place points behind a clocking of 5:03.28 while Rachel Garn crossed in at 5:04.32 for seventh.
On the men’s side, Liam Dee earned gold by notching a time of 4:09.16 to beat out teammate Chartt Miller for first place after Miller raced to a time of 4:10.33. Johannes Motschmann completed the clean sweep of the top-three spots for the Gaels by clocking in at 4:11.25.
Iona had similar success in the men’s 3,000-meter race as the Maroon & Gold swept the top-five finishes with Gilbert Kirui leading the pack with a winning time of 8:13.37 Kieran Clements finished in 8:16.86 for second place while Motschmann edged out Jac Hopkins for third place with respective times of 8:18.29 and 8:18.92.
On the women’s side of the 3,000-meter, three Gaels earned points within the top-eight. Julia Flower paced the group behind a third place time of 10:01.61 in the third heat, after Cassandra Gill clocked in at 10:07.71 in the second heat for sixth place. Jessica Scheriff joined Flower in the third heat, notching eight place on a 10:08.63 finish.
Following a fourth place time of 7.06 in the 60 meter preliminaries, Gerom Solis sprinted towards a 7.18 time in the finals for sixth place. Additionally, Solis turned a fourth place preliminary time of 22.60 in the 200 meter into a fifth place finals performance of a matching time. In the 800 meter, Ross Wightman turned a 1:55.70 time in the preliminaries into a fourth place time of 1:54.57 in the finals.
Both squads also earned valuable points in the 4x400 meter relay, led by a fifth place time of 3:25.49 for the men with the group of Calvin Chin and Robert Kirsty with Wightman and Dee. For the women, Danika Jensen and Helena Keenan teamed with Garn and Nuttall for a sixth place time of 4:11.20.
At the end of the evening, a pair of Gaels earned Rookie of the Meet honors as Hopkins and Flower were awarded by the conference.
Rider earned the championship crown on the men’s side with a total of 149 points while Monmouth earned the women’s title behind a 208.5 team score.