NEC CHAMPIONS! Women's Track & Field Claims NEC Outdoor Track & Field Title
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
A win in the final event of the meet gave the LIU Brooklyn women's track team its first Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships title since 2006 on Sunday afternoon.
The victory in the 4x400 relay gave the Blackbirds the 2.5 point win over second place Sacred Heart. Only three points separated first from third place. Robert Morris was third, followed by Mount St. Mary's, Saint Francis U., Wagner, Bryant, Central Connecticut, and Saint Francis Brooklyn.
Junior Katrina Anderson claimed titles in both the 800 and 1500-meter events, adding 20 points for the Blackbirds. Both victories came right down to the end of the race, and she finished the 800 in in 2:13.88 and the 1500 in 4:37.12.
She also led off the victorious 4x400 relay, along with teammates Shakia Williams, Anise Cuffee and Josephine Watson, who finished nearly three seconds ahead of the field in 3:45.76.
Critical points also came from the 4x100, which also placed first. Ja'Mesha Richard, Bryanna Williams, Shakia Williams, and Shanice Grant ran to a time of 46.50 to take the top spot on the podium.
The Blackbirds accumulated plenty of points in the individual sprint events. In the 100-meter dash, Grant, Richard, and Bryanna Williams took the third through fifth spots. Grant was also third in the 200-meter dash, while Shakia Williams was fourth. Richard, Watson, and Cuffee also added points for LIU in the event, taking sixth, seventh, and eighth place, respectively.
Watson placed third in the 400-meter dash, while Cuffee was seventh. In the 100-meter hurdles, Grant was the runner-up in 14.07, while Richard was third and Camille Thomas was fifth.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Alea Stevens earned the silver medal with her time of 1:02.44. Joining her in the finals were Marielena Rivera and Brittany McLain, who were sixth and eighth.
In the triple jump, Richard took sixth place, while Kyaira-Wright Harmon, who won the long jump yesterday, was eighth.
Up next for LIU Brooklyn is the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J., from May 16 to 18.
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