Ravens shatter records in return to track

  • Armani Mette Courtesy photo—DANIEL R FORGET

  • Julieth Nwosu Courtesy photo—DANIEL R FORGET

Published: 4/5/2021 11:13:02 AM

Sophomores Julieth Nwosu and Armani Mette wasted no time making their marks to start the Franklin Pierce University track & field season, as the team returned to action for the first time in over a year. Both notched school records in the first outing of the year at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by American International. The Ravens had athletes in action at two meets on Saturday, as they also attended the Wilton Wright Invitational, hosted by Southern Connecticut State, in New Haven, Conn.

At the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Raven women collected 10 top-three finishes on the day. In shot put, Franklin Pierce dominated the top of the field with the top five throws. The Nwosu sisters finished one-two, as Julieth took first with her program-record throw of 13.33 meters, and freshman Nkechi Nwosu followed in second (11.95m). Julieth Nwosu broke a record set in 2017 by then-freshman Katey Comstock. Now a graduate student, Comstock threw 10.89 meters on Saturday to take fourth place, behind junior Samantha DeSouza in third place (11.11m).

Franklin Pierce hogged the podium in discus as well. Nkechi Nwosu finished first at 37.30 meters, followed by Julieth Nwosu in second, with a throw of 34.65 meters, and Comstock in third at 34.30 meters. DeSouza was not far behind in fifth place with a mark of 32.40 meters.

In the hammer, sophomore Julia Groll took first with a 38.26-meter toss. Freshman Valeria Lamas came in fifth at 18.00 meters. In the javelin, junior Jessica Brewster placed second at 26.66 meters.

On the track in Springfield, sophomore Nyjah Young-Bey placed third in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 12.90 seconds, and fifth in the 200 meters, at 26.08 seconds. Sophomore Destini Hill-Edwards added a top-five in the 100 meters, as she placed fifth (13.18).

Elsewhere, in New Haven at the Wilton Wright Invitational, junior Alana Thompson collected a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter event (2:30.79), while graduate student Bethany Donnelly picked up a second-place finish in the 3000 meters (10:26.91).

In the field at SCSU, junior Paola Breña took home second place in the high jump with a 1.60-meter jump. The pole vault also had a Raven finish second, as junior Stephanie Phoenix cleared 2.90 meters.

As a team at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the Raven women finished in third place, with 96 points. At the Wilton Wright Invitational, it was 33 points and a sixth-place finish.

Mette led the Raven men at the Yellow Jacket Invite, as he set a school record in discus, and also placed first in shot put. Mette took fourth in discus with a 41.92-meter mark, which was more than two meters better than the previous team record, which had been set in 2014, in what was only the program’s second season of existence. In shot put, Mette recorded a 13.94-meter mark for first place. He beat out fellow Raven Croix Albee in both events, as Albee placed second in the shot put (13.51m) and fifth in the discus (40.38m). Albee added a top-five in the hammer for good measure, as he took fourth, with a heave of 38.80 meters.

Freshman Brogan Bonsaint picked up his first event win in javelin, with a 53.34-meter mark. Not far behind, in third place (46.23m), was sophomore Von Hayden.

Meanwhile, in the Elm City, Franklin Pierce found its footing out on the track at SCSU. Freshman Stephen Harris competed in the 300 meters for the Ravens, earned a third-place finish and set a school record of his own, with a time of 34.82 seconds.

In the 600 meters, freshman Ryan Walker came in second with a time of 1:24.60 time. Sophomore Riley Fenoff finished the 3000 meters in third place with a time of 8:56.00. Fenoff doubled up on the day and turned in a top-five finish in the 1500 meters as well, where he ran a 4:01.11 to place fifth.

As a team Franklin Pierce finished the Yellow Jacket Invitational in fourth place with 66 points. At the Wilton Wright Invitational, the Ravens collected 24 points, which was good for fifth place.

The Ravens are scheduled to return to SCSU next weekend, for the James Barber Tri-Meet, on Sunday, April 11.


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