SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (Feb. 11, 2018) - Diana Cruz won the women's 400-meter run to lead a strong set of performances for the Queens College track and field teams on Sunday (Feb. 11) at the St. Joseph's College Invitational in South Huntington.
Cruz went into the race as the top overall seed and did not disappoint, claiming victory in a time of 1:00.85 to boost the Knights on the track. Senior Terrilyn Britton was second in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.93 seconds while Nakeema Neunie posted an excellent fifth-place finish (5:46.23) in the women's mile run. Britton and Cruz also went 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, with Britton's time of 26.56 seconds besting Cruz by eight-tenths of a second (26.64s). Neunie was also successful in the 800-meter run with a 16th-place time of 2:40.92. The Knights did more damage in the field events with the triumvirate of Renee Lustin, Erin Leonard and Olivia Smithwick posting top-half finishes in the shot put and weight throw events. Lustin was 11th in the shot put (9/23m) and fifth in the weight throw (12.63m) while Leonard was 14th in shot (9.13m) and fourh in weight throw (12.93m). Smithwick finished in 16th in shot with a throw of 8.88 meters and took ninth in the weight throw competition with a toss of 11.83 meters. Kerry Ghanie, meanwhile, earned her stripes with a sixth-place finish in the long jump (4.74m) and a seventh-place showing in the triple jump with a leap of 10.09 meters.
On the men's side of the event, Clivensky Etienne was 14th in the 3000-meter race in a time of 9:44.65 and 25th in the mile (5:01.06). Jonathan Dinh finished 11th in the 400-meter run in a time of 53.97 seconds and Dawsen Durant was 17th (55.46s). Dinh, Durant and Trevon Stith also earned high marks in the 200-meter run with Dinh taking 12th (24.10s), Stith finishing in 17th (24.37s) and Durant crossing the line in 22nd (24.64s). Andrew Saulpaugh had a fine performance in the men's weight throw, claiming second place with a toss of 15.10 meters; the freshman was also 17th in the shot put (11.47m).
The Knights will race again on Feb. 23 at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island in the East Coast Conference Championship meet.