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Emmitsburg, MD -- Monmouth University captured its fourth Northeast Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday at the Morgan Track on the campus of Mount St. Mary's College. The Hawks have now won four of the past five NEC Women's Outdoor Championships. Earlier this year, Monmouth captured the NEC Indoor title.
The Hawks (172 points) beat runner-up Robert Morris (114) by 58 points to earn the victory. St. Francis-PA (111), Long Island (100), Sacred Heart (88.33), Fairleigh Dickinson (67), Mount St. Mary's (49.66), Quinnipiac (47), Wagner (38), St. Francis-NY (17) and Central Connecticut State (14) rounded out the field.
Monmouth freshman Ashley Huffman won the long jump and the high jump while earning a team-high 30.5 points and was named the 2004 Most Valuable Performer and the 2004 Rookie of the Meet. Huffman also finished third in the 100m hurdles and ran the second leg of Monmouth's 4x100m relay team that won with a time of 47.70s. Earlier this year, Huffman won the same awards at the NEC Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Robert Morris junior Nicole Downing won the discus and the hammer throw while finishing third in both the shot put and the javelin to earn 2004 Most Outstanding Field Performer honors. Downing took the discus with a winning throw of 41.24m. On Saturday, she won the hammer throw with a mark of 55.17m. On Sunday, she was third in the javelin with a mark of 42.99m while her third-place finish of 13.05m in the shot put was yesterday. Downing earned a meet-high 32 points.
Sacred Heart senior Katherine Wrinkle was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 5000m run and the 3000m steeplechase. Wrinkle took the 5000m run in a time of 18:04.75, 15 seconds better than the next finisher. In the steeplechase, Wrinkle won by 43 seconds with a time of 11:05.13.
Robert Morris sophomore Courtney Lenart broke the conference record in the javelin with a throw of 45.13m. The Colonials took four of the top five spots in the javelin to surge into second place.
Fairleigh Dickinson junior Roseann Hamilton won the gold medal in the 100m dash with a time of 12.28s while her teammate Renay McPherson took both the 200m (25.62) and the 400m (55.71) dashes. Sacred Heart's Sara Tasber won the 800m run with a time of 2:15.20, Quinnipiac sophomore Kaitlyn Gwyther won the 1500m run (4:37.46) and Long Island's Chioma Ukpai won the 100m hurdles with a tiem of 14.23 seconds. Monmouth's Latasha Dickson won the 400m hurdles (1:03.20) with Melanie Loughlin (St. Francis-PA) taking the pole vault and Nicole Armfield (St. Francis-PA) winning the triple jump (11.93m).
Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni was named the NEC Women's Coach of the Year.
Yesterday, winners included FDU's Brianne Carmicheal in the shot put (14.30m), Quinnipiac's Carolyn Robin in the 10,000m run (39:22.54), and Sacred Heart capturing the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:30.34 in the other final event.
Women's Event Winners
100m Dash: Roseann Hamilton (FDU)—12.28
200m Dash: Renay McPherson (FDU)—25.62
400m Dash: Renay McPherson (FDU)—55.71
800m Run: Sara Tasber (SHU)—2:15.20
1500m Run: Kaitlyn Gwyther (QU)—4:37.46
5000m Run: Katherine Wrinkle (SHU)—19:04.75
100m Hurdles: Chioma Ukpai (LIU)—14.23
400m Hurdles: Latasha Dickson (MON)—1:03.20
3000m Steeplechase: Katherine Wrinkle (SHU)—11:05.13
4x100m Relay: Monmouth—47.70
4x400m Relay: Monmouth—3:50.16
Pole Vault: Melanie Loughlin (SFPA)—3.30m
Triple Jump: Nicole Armfield (SFPA)—11.93m
Discus: Nicole Downing (RMU)—41.24m
* Javelin: Courtney Lenart (RMU)—45.13m
10000m Run: Carolyn Robin (QU)—39:22.54
Long Jump: Ashley Huffman (MON)—5.79m
High Jump: Ashley Huffman (MON)—1.70m
Shot Put: Brianne Carmicheal (FDU)—14.30m
Hammer Throw: Nicole Downing (RMU): 55.17m
4x800m Relay: Sacred Heart—9:30.94
* -- NEC Championship Record
2004 Most Outstanding Performer: Ashley Huffman (MON)
2004 Most Outstanding Field Performer: Nicole Downing (RMU)
2004 Most Outstanding Track Performer: Katie Wrinkle (SHU)
2004 Rookie of the Meet: Ashley Huffman (MON)
2004 Coach of the Year: Joe Compagni (MON)