Hawks capture national titles at track and field championships

Hawks capture national titles at track and field championships

The College hosted the 2014 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend, with several of MVCC's athletes coming away as national champs.

In the team scoring, Gloucester Community College won the men's team title with 113 points to top 18 teams. The Hawks finished eighth with 63 points. Winning the women's national team title was SUNY Delhi with 136 points in a field of 19 teams. MVCC was third with 108.5.

For the women's field events, Nicole Bliss was a two-time national champion as she won the discus with a distance of 38.14 meters and took first in the hammer throw with 44.93 meters. Also placing in the hammer for MVCC was Abbey Clark in third with 36.34 meters and Marisa Chavez in sixth with 33 meters.

On the track, Stephanie Boucher won the 1,500-meter run in 5:03.29 followed in sixth by teammate Andrea Szewczyk in 5:21.86. Boucher and Szewczyk were also members of the winning 3,200-meter relay team that included Hannah West and Amanda Perri with a time of 9:55.53.

Other MVCC female athletes who placed included Chelsea Burrus in fifth place in the 100-meter dash in 12.82 seconds, Boucher in second place in the 800-meter run in 2:22.92 followed by West in eighth with 2:42.66. Szewczyk finished sixth in the 5,000-meter run in 21:01.30 followed by Brittany Englert in seventh in 21:04.45. Szewczyk also placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run in 43:40.72.

For the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Englert placed sixth in 13:16.50 while the 400-meter relay team of Sarah Frankland, Wilhamina Annan, Gianna Layton, and Chelsea Burrus were sixth in 52.90. The 1,600-meter relay team of West, Layton, Boucher, and Perri placed fifth in 4:22.83.

For the women's field events, Danielle Barker placed third in the high jump at 1.49 meters as Frankland was sixth at 1.44 meters. West finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 9.88 as Danielle Barker was eighth in the javelin at 25.91 meters. Barker was also seventh in the heptathlon with 2,933 points. For the shot put, Blis was fourth with a throw of 10.72 meters followed by Clark in sixth at 10.41.

For the MVCC men's athletes, Justin Shaver was crowned national champion in the hammer throw with a distance of 45.32 meters while Rajiv McSwine won the shot put with a throw of 14.50. Jon Wilmont was fourth in the hammer throw with 40.78 meters while Mike Washington placed second in the shot put with 14.15 and discus with 43.85.

Hakem Stewart also place second in the long jump with a distance of 7.27 meters and fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.08 seconds. Zachary Meszler was sixth in the 100 run with 11.14 second and seventh in the 200-meter run with 22.21. Stephen Paddock placed sixth in the 10,000-meter run in 36:22.37 and then came back to take eighth place in the 5,000-meter run in 17:05.75. He also was ninth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:33.70.

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