T&F for Women Stands Out at DIII Invitational


NEW YORK, NY- The TCNJ women’s track team made their familiarity with The Armory count in an outstanding performance at the NYC Division III Invitational on Friday night.

Competing at the Armory for the third time this indoor campaign, the Lions compiled three individual victories and multiple second-place finishes. Amanda Demko (200), Maria Grill (400), and Nicole Lester (pole vault) all won their individual events for the TCNJ.

The Lions 400m sprint duo put in a remarkable performance, with Grill slashing their previous PR by more than two seconds to cross the line in a blistering 58.56 seconds. Valandra Rigginsfor his part, notched a college-best 59.31 to take second place with nearly two-thirds of a second off third place.

The 200 meter sprint was also fertile ground for TCNJ. Demko won easily in 26.06 seconds, while Liz Lam (28.15) and Jaya Fields (28.57) each grab a new PR.

Eliza Bruncaj recorded his own personal best to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a 9.21 to easily edge his performance by 9.37 seconds from the preliminaries.

Grill and Riggins were also part of a runner-up effort in the 4×400 meters relay, joining Erin Hanlon and Samirah Khan to finish in 4:03.14.

Demko (sixth) and Karla Gomez Matos (seventh) each placed in the 60-yard dash, with Demko recording an 8.17 on his debut and Gomez-Matos recording a personal best 8.20. Liz Lam (8.37) and Fields (8.38) just missed qualifying for the final.

Hanlon (2:24.13), Salini Iyer (2:25.74), and Olivia class (2:30.86) all posted new personal bests in the 800m, with Hanlon snatching six seconds off his previous norm to finish fifth overall.

Cassidy Quinn lost 15 seconds from his previous benchmark in the 3,000 meters, finishing eighth in 10:54.88.

Lester led the field team with a game-winning effort in the pole vault, posting a season-best 10-11.50 to edge the second-place finisher by six inches.

Abigail Pfaff clocked a personal best 5-1.00 in the high jump, a mark tied by Bruncaj and Kayley Harnet.

by Emily Diszler a 40-3.25 mark in the shot put was enough for a PR and fourth place, while Kerri McCarthy landed sixth (38-6.25).

McCarthy sparked a big PR in the shot put, where his mark of 33-10.00 was a career high over two feet and good for ninth place in the NJAC. Diszler also hit a personal best with a 30-4.75.

Gomez-Matos finished eighth in the long jump with a 15-9.50, and Zoe Iovino tied his personal best with a 15-6.00. Iovino also placed fourth in the triple jump (34-6.25).


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