May 9: Saturday's soggy Saint Twilight Qualifier at the Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex wasn't about winning, it was all about performance.
Athletes from St. Lawrence were joined by competitors from five other New York State collegiate teams plus athletes from the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Lions Track Club with the U.S. athletes looking to meet qualifying marks or improve on existing qualifications for the upcoming ECAC and NCAA Championships.
While the weather was far from ideal for the meet, several performances improved seedings for Saint athletes. Junior Eric Jones moved up four spots on the national list in the hammer, depending upon other meets conducted during the weekend, as he threw 54.77 (179-8) to improve his NCAA qualification status. That throw currently ranks 12th nationally.
The Saint 4x100 relay team of Jay Thornhill, Devaun McFarland, Kevin Burrall and Jarell Roberts just missed NCAA provisional qualifying with a time of 42.44 while Thornhill finished second in the 100 in 11.00 seconds and Kevin Burrall met ECAC standards with a 55.46 run in the 400 meter hurdles.
Jeremy Mwenda, who met NCAA provisional qualification in the steeplechase last weekend at the NYSCTC Championships, ran 15:10.18 in the 5000 meters to meet ECAC qualification in that event.
Justin Spalik jumped 6.17 meters in the long jump and ran the 110 high hurdles in 15.94 seconds while Geoff Millard ran 1:57.81 and Mark Burnham 1:58.63 in the 800. Sky Heiss ran 51.83 and Chris Funch 53.20 in the 400 meters.