EWING– Senior Sarah Lyon won the discus throw at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon to lead the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
The Kean men placed fifth with 68 points, while the Cougars women were sixth with 28 points. The College of New Jersey captured both team titles for the 13th straight year, with the women posting their 18th straight NJAC title.
Lyon, who has already qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this month, improved on her season best throw as she captured her first NJAC title with a throw of 37.44 meters.
Sophomore Stephanie Cozzolongo topped her own school-record in the javelin throw and inched closer to provisionally qualifying in the event, as she finished in third with a throw of 38.52 meters, less than half a meter shy of the standard of 39.00 meters.
In the men’s meet, the two Cougar relay squads each placed second in the meet.
Already qualifed for the ECAC Championships, the men’s 4×100 meter relay team of rookies Imoleme Ilogienboh, Joe Badru, Barry Clark and sophomore Aaron Lucas placed second with a season-best time of 41.86 seconds to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The men’s 1600-meter relay team of rookie Kevin Persson, Clark, junior Chris Pegeron and senior Matt Gough finished in 3:23.73 to place second.
The Cougars had top five finishes in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, as Clark (pictured right) and Badru finished in third (22.95 seconds) and fourth (22.97 seconds) in the 200-meters and LeBlanc crossed the finish line in fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.96 seconds), qualifying for the ECAC Championships.
Junior Ricardo Garcia was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (54.99), improving his ECAC qualifying time in the event.
In the field events, sophomore Aaron Lucas placed third in the high jump (1.93 meters) and senior Peterson Paquiot was fifth in the triple jump (12.73 meters). Junior John Badala added a fifth place finish in the shot put (13.84 meters).
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