NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The men and women's Monroe track and field teams proved that they are primed and ready to compete in the upcoming NJCAA Nationals during Princeton University's Princeton Open this past weekend.
Leading the way was star Mustang runner Ronaldo Ball, who came in second place after running a personal best in the 1500m with a time of 4:00.08. Close behind him in fourth place was teammate Katleho Dyoyi, who finished in 4:01.51.
The men's relay team was just as impressive, setting a school record with a time of 3:12.83, accomplished by runners Rashad Ramsey (47.91), Kahleef Gravesande (47.85), Walter Penate (49.32) and Tresean Goodwin (47.75).
Other noteworthy track performances include Walter Penate, who ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.59. Tresean Goodwin, Kaleef Gravesande, Rashad Ramsey, Damon Daniels and Javaun Grant all competed in the 400 meters, earning the respective times of 48.21, 48.43, 49.32, 49.87 and 51.23.
Representing the Mustangs in the field events were Justin Sapini, who landed a 41' 5 ¾'' triple jump and 20' 11 ¾'' long jump, and Elizae McDonald in the high jump, who placed second with a nationals-qualifying leap – and personal best – of 6' 9 ¾''.
The Lady Mustangs continued their success as J'renda Rivera set a school record in the 400m with a time of 56.30, qualifying her for the National Championships. Mustang Atara Segree also set a school record with a time of 2:16.06 in the 800m.
The women's sprint team, comprising Teena Mobley, J'renda Rivera, Ernestine Conteh and Denesha Ransome, ran a season best in the 4x100 relay (47.60), and Denesha Ransome reached a personal best in the 100m (12.16).
Among the other lady Mustang competitors were:
Teena Mobley, Long Jump (5.35m)
Jayvona McDaniels 800m (2:22.55)
Christina Burgos 800m (2:33.20)
Ernestine Conteh 200m (25.69)
Denesha Ransome 200m (25.41)
Ashley Mandat 400m (1:00.46).
The Mustangs will next compete at the NJCAA National Championships from May 14–16, 2015 in Hutchinson, Kansas.