LakePoint, Ga. - NJIT and USC Upstate began their indoor track and field season this past weekend. NJIT partcipated in the Fordham Opener and FDU Patch Invitiational, while Upstate competed in the UNCG Early Bird Duals.
NJIT opened up the indoor season on Friday at the Fordham Opener. Senior Daniel Leung took first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.01 seconds, while sophomore Kwaku Amponsah finished second with a time of 7.07 seconds. Long distance runner Blake Brancato placed third in the 3000 meters, running a time of 8:49.75. In the field events, the Highlanders finished 2-3-4 in the pole vault. Kyle Russell finished second (4.27m). Brandon Kong finished in third (4.12m), while Calvin Gould finished fourth (3.96m). In the shot put, junior Bill Forester collected a second place finish with a distance of 13.32m.
The Spartans got their season going on Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the UNCG Early Bird Duals. Freshmen ruled the day for Upstate. Ari Jahanfar won the long jump with a school record of 7.48 meters. He also finished ninth in the 200-meter dash. Tony Auguste won the weight throw with a distance of 18.70 meters; the second-best mark in Upstate history. Terry Newell picked up a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a school record 6.98 seconds.
NJIT wrapped up their weekend at the FDU Patch Invitational. Brancato captured the 5000 meter with a time of 15:14.89 and also brought home a third-place finish in the 3000 meter. Chris Prasek won the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.41. Ryan Budhu collected a first-place finish in the 600 meter, coming in at a time of 1:25.20. Connor Penrod placed first in the 55 meter hurdle with a time of 8.46. NJIT's 4x200 relay team of Leung, Amponsah, Acacio Escada and Emmanuel Agyen set a school record with a time of 1:32.85
|ASUN's Weekly Top Performers|
|60m||Terry Newell, USC Upstate (6.98)|
|200m||Terry Newell, USC Upstate (22.51)|
|400m||Tanner Saunders, USC Upstate (50.23)|
|800m||Jalin Petty, USC Upstate (2:03.05|
|3000m||Blake Brancato, NJIT (8:49.75)|
|60 Hurdles||Noah Walker, USC Upstate (8.46)|
|Mile||Michael Russell, NJIT (4:37.69)|
|High Jump||Jacob Wimmer, USC Upstate (1.90m)|
|Pole Vault||Kyle Russell, NJIT (4.27m)|
|Long Jump||Ari Jahanfar, USC Upstate (7.48m)|
|Triple Jump||Keon Middleton-Weaver, USC Upstate (12.95m)|
|Shot Put||William Forester, NJIT (13.33m)|
|Weight Throw||Tony Auguste, USC Upstate (18.70m)|