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Five Monroe College Runners Qualify for Nationals in Opening Track Meet

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Five Monroe College Runners Qualify for Nationals in Opening Track Meet

February 12, 2017 - 08:55

Five Monroe College Runners Qualify for Nationals in Opening Track Meet

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Monroe College Women's Track & Field team opened its indoor season this past weekend with a ninth-place showing at the Towson Invitational at the Armory in New York and five runners qualified for nationals. 

Zakiya Denoon earned the first spot at nationals with a second-place time of 7.45 in the 60-meter dash.  She won her preliminary heat prior to her podium finish.

Ariel Strunkey clocked a mark of 25.16 in the 200-meter dash, good for eighth place overall and a qualifying spot for nationals.  Joining her as a nationals-qualifier is Tashay Roberts, who earned the position with a tenth-place run in the 1000 meters, logging a time of 3:12.95.

Sophomore Nokuthula Dlamini earned a pair of top-ten finishes and made nationals in both the one mile and 3000 meter runs.  She logged times of 5:14.06 and 10:25.80, respectively, in those races.  Tristan Evelyn won the 60-meter hurdles with a national-qualifying mark of 8.64.  Finally, in the field events, Nijera Manuel came in eighth in the weight throw with a distance of 13.70 meters.

The Monroe College Women's Track & Field team returns to action on Friday, January 20, when they compete in the Gotham Cup.