FLUSHING, N.Y. (Apr. 9, 2018) - Andrew Saulpaugh's three top-ten finishes along with Diana Cruz being in five top-five standings highlighted a strong Saturday (Apr. 7) for the Queens College track and field teams at the Wagner Invitational in Staten Island.
Saulpaugh finished fourth in the hammer throw for the Knights, powering a toss of 45.44 meters to begin his events in stride. The freshman harrier was ninth in the shot put (10.78m) and eighth in the discus throw (34.12m) to lead the efforts in the field for Queens College. Clivensky Etienne proved to be a star on the track as well for the Knights, capturing fourth in the men's 5000-meter distance race with a time of 16:31.89 and an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:06.33). Dawsen Durant finished 16th in the 800-meter run as well, clocking a time of 2:18.11 as Luis Campos Castro finished in 18th-place with a time of 2:23.93. In the 400-meter run, Jacob Lascano collected a seventh-place time of 4:37.51 and the Knights also had fine performances from Jonathan Dinh in the 400-meter hurdles (fifth-place time of 1:03.20) and John Hines (tenth-place in the 100-dash, 11.60s).
On the women's side of the meet, Cruz was a force in both track and field for the Knights. The senior took second in the 400-meter run (1:00.94) and third in the 200 with a time of 26.63 seconds. She was also part of the Knights' runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay along with Terrilyn Britton, Nakeema Neunie and Angelinna Bradfield, posting a time of 4:28.02 in the race. Cruz, Britton, Neunie and Kerry Ghanie were third in the women's 4x100-meter relay race (52.36 seconds) and the senior from Colombia took fifth in the women's long jump with a leap of 4.64 meters.
Britton claimed a second-place showing in the 200-meter dash, besting Cruz by six-tenths of a second (26.03s); but Cruz bested Britton in the long jump as the senior leapt to a seventh-place standing of 4.59 meters. Ghanie posted a 16th-place time of 14 seconds flat in the 100-dash while Neunie and Simone Gmuca finished 15th and 17th, respectively, in the 1500-meter race. Alyssa Meltzer scored an eighth-place finish in the women's 5000-meter run with a time of 20:38.24.
The Knights will compete this weekend in the team's final tuneup before the East Coast Conference Championship meet, taking part in the Queensborough Relays.