LakePoint, Ga. – Looking to hit NCAA Indoor Championship-qualifying marks, Jacksonville and NJIT had several student-athletes compete at last chance meets this past week. Jacksonville University women's track and field graduate student Stormm Phillips and senior Michelle Howell competed, while NJIT featured five men and four women at the meets.
Phillips won the triple jump and nearly broke her own school record on her first leap with a massive distance of 12.93 meters (42 feet, 5.25 inches), while Howell raced to a season-best finish in the 800-meter run in 2:05.62 to place sixth out of 42 runners.
"Michelle and Stormm both produced season bests today. While the results didn't result in indoor national qualifying performances, those performances will springboard them toward a great outdoor season," stated Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Grigg.
Phillips' winning distance was 0.25 inches off her program-best mark set two years ago also in Massachusetts at Harvard's Crimson Elite.
Howell was an All-American in the 800 last season after she finished 15th in the event at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships.
NJIT men's and women's track competed at the Fast Track Last Chance Meet on Saturday held at the Ocean Breeze Complex. The Highlanders finished 1-2 in men's 60-meter dash with Kwaku Amponsah coming in at 7.01 and Daniel Leung right behind him at 7.02. Leung also grabbed a ninth place finish in the 200 meter dash clocking in at 22.61.
Amponsah placed fifth in the long jump followed by Nasiem Chandler who came in sixth. In the 1 mile run Ryan Budhu placed eighth clocking in at 4:20.12, while Michael Russell finished in 4:32.43. Sydne Nance came in fifth in the 400 meter dash coming in at 59.31.
Four Highlander women competed in the 800 meter run with Allison Regan leading the pack coming in at 2:31.47 followed by Emily Florian (2:35.26), Michelle Ling (2:37.34) and Emily Shibata (2:42.70). In the 1000 meter run Cassandra Raia placed sixth with a time of 3:11.86. Freshman Miku Okada came in fifth in the high jump notching a score of 1.50m. Calvin Gould came in fourth in the pole vault getting a score of 4.40m and Brandon Kong grabbed ninth getting a 4.10m.