NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The 2017 MAAC Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin on Saturday, May 6 and continued on Sunday, May 7 on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.
The Iona College track and field program aims to improve upon its 2016 results as the men's team claimed fourth place while the women's squad finished fifth. Chartt Miller looks to win a second straight and third overall 1,500 meter title to highlight four student-athletes entering the weekend with top conference times.
Miller looks to become a three-time champion of the 1,500 outdoor title after putting forth a time of 3:55.64 in the event this season during the Sam Howell Invitational, fifth best mark in the conference. The senior is also slated to race in the 5,000 meter event behind his MAAC best and personal record time of 13:49.60. He is joined in the race by teammates and the next two best times in the event, Kieran Clements and Gilbert Kirui.
Clements ranks second heading into the weekend with a 5k clocking of 14:02.58. He is also slated to run in the 10,000 meter along with Kirui. Kirui set a personal record for the best 10k time in the conference at 28:54.90 at the Stanford Invitational while ranking third in the 5k with a time 14:11.46.
Johannes Motschmann is also scheduled to join the group within the 5,000 meter race in addition to entering this weekend with the top time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Motschmann set a time of 8:50.80 in the event at the Stanford Invitational, less than four seconds behind his personal record set last year at the IC4A/ECAC Championships.
Gerom Solis and Brian Warsh are planned to each participate in four events this upcoming weekend, with both joining in on the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Warsh add the 4x800 relay and the 800 meter to his weekend schedule while Solis looks to better upon a pair of top-five conference times. Solis enters the Championships ranked fourth in the 200 meter (22.43) and fifth in the 100 meter (11.06).
Rachel Garn brings a personal record and conference best time of 10:40.17 into the 3,000 meter steeplechase this weekend, joining Motschmann as the Gaels look for gold on both sides of the meet. She is also slated to compete in the 5,000 meter behind a fourth best time of 17:14.24, set at the Sam Howell Invitational. Julia Flower also ranks within the top-10 conference times, running a 5k time of 17:24.01 at the Larry Ellis Invite.
Cassandra Gill along with Kara McKenna, Orlaith Moynihan, Gemma Nuttall and Shannon O'Hehir are all expected to compete in the 5,000 meter race. Meanwhile, Gill enters the Championships ranked second in the 10,000 meter after running a 35:41.33 at the Sam Howell Invitational. Moynihan and O'Hehir slot in fourth and fifth with respective times of 37:11.62 and 37:18.83, both set at Howell along with Gill.
Kaitlyn Ohrtman aims to improve upon her fourth best conference time of 4:32.37 in the 1,500 meter. She will be joined by the seventh best time of 4:34.80 from Nutall while Holder goes into the weekend ranked 10th with her Larry Ellis clocking of 4:39.02.
Alexandra Naughton and Tamantha Pizarro join Solis and Warsh for the most individual events scheduled for a Gael at four each. Both student-athletes are set for the 200 meter and 4x100 relay events while Naughton adds the 400 meter and 4x400 meter relay to her weekend. Pizarro is also slated for the 100 meter and long jump.