Feb. 6, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's and women's track squads spent the weekend in New Haven, CT participating in the Giegengack Invitational hosted by Yale University. The women's team was led by senior Suzie McHenry's second-place finish in the 5000m. On the men's side, junior Bobby Staten took the 60m dash title and earned A-10 Co-Performer of the Week honors. It is his second conference honor of the season.
McHenry ran the 5000m in 18:04.40, one of the conference's best times this season. Fellow senior Valerie Ramirez took seventh in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.21. She also turned in a 26.56 in the 200m. Senior Rebecca Powell continued her strong winter season with a 3:00.88 in the 1000m, finishing sixth. Freshman Nicole McMullen had another impressive meet, placing fifth in the long jump (17' 8"), and leading off the 4x400 relay squad that took seventh place with a time of 3:56.87.
For the men, Staten ran the 60m in 6.86 seconds in the preliminary round to set an SJU record for that distance. He followed that performance up with another record-breaking run of 6.84 to take first in the finals. Staten also placed seventh in the 200m, running a 22.33. The Hawks had a number of other top finishes in the meet. Senior Teddy Meyers ran a 14:31.69 in the 5000m to take fourth place. Sophomore Brendan Kearney took sixth place in the 1000m, turning in a time of 2:28.61. The 4x400 relay squad placed fifth with a time of 3:19.07. Staten, Meyers, Kearney, and the 4x400 all qualified for the IC4A Championships with their performances at Yale.
Staten's Co-Performer of the Week honor is his second such honor of the season. He shared the award on January 8 with William Rhea of La Salle. Coincidentally, Staten shares this week's award with Rhea as well. Last season, Mike DiDio earned two Performer of the Week awards, with both awards coming in the same weeks that Staten's have this year.
The Hawk track teams will travel to New York this weekend for the Lafayette-Rider Invitational, the final tune-up before the 2007 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships in Kingston, RI.