Montclair, NJ (2/19/12) – With a week to go before the New Jersey Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Montclair State women’s team prepped for the league meet next week with a split squad teams producing several outstanding results.
At the Princeton Invitational at Jadwin Gymnasium, freshman Shannon Kermah (Woodland Hills, CA / Burroughs) was impressive in her first career 60 meter race posting a time of 8.18 seconds to finish in the Top 20. Kermah also ran 27.67 seconds in the 200 meters.
Junior Ashley Powell (Orange, NJ / Marylawn of the Oranges) placed two spots behind Kermah in the 60 meters (8.24 seconds) before going on to register a season-best time of 26.80 seconds in the 200 meters.
The Red Hawks’ 4x400 relay team, in their final tune-up before the NJAC Championship was fifth in the event as the team of Ashadaya Patterson (Trenton, NJ / Northern Burlington), Imani Jones (Roselle, NJ Abraham Clark), Sheneya Murphy (Somerdale, NJ / Collingswood) and Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) posted a time of 4:02.76.
Meanwhile along the Jersey Shore, the Red Hawks were also taking part in the Monmouth Blue and White Invitational hosted by Monmouth University.
Sophomore Sara Douma (West Milford, NJ / West Milford) had a tremendous competition finishing second overall in the triple jump. Douma recorded a best leap of 10.75 meters (35-feet, 3 ¼ inches) setting a new personal best indoors by nearly two feet.
Antonietta Altilio (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) also had a personal-best mark in the event at 10.09 meters (33-feet, 1 ¼-inches) while also timing in at 28.46 in the 200 meters. Freshman Mahalia Caise (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) had a pair of personal best showings in the 60 and 200 meters. Caise ran 8.30 in the 60 meters and posted a time of 28.16 in the 200 meters.
Freshman Dominique Williams (Lumberton, NJ / Rancocas Valley), competing in her second 400 meters of the season ran well clocking in at 1:04.23.
The Red Hawks, ranked in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Region, now turn their attention to next week’s NJAC Championships which will be held on Friday, February 24 at The Armory in New York City.