MEN'S COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD









 

         

         On  Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2001 the men's and women's track and field teams from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY continued their dominance of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference indoor tarck and field championships as they swept the competition for the sixth time in the eight-year history of the championship, and the five consecutive MAAC title for the school.

        The Lady Jaspers came off with 172 points to just 118 for Rider. Canisius took third place with 70 points.  Senior Cheryl Dreschsel from Port Jefferson Station, NY led the Lady J's, winning the Women's Meet Most Outstanding Performer award for her wins in three events: the 55-meter hurdles (8.54 seconds); long jump (5.34 meters-17 feet, 6 1/4 inches) and  a MAAC record-tieing high jump of 1.73 meters (5 feet, 8 inches). Another Manhattan senior lady, Nakisha Leon of Passaic, NJ took the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 16.03 meters (52 feet, 7 1/4 inches) and she also won the shot put at 12.99 meters (42 feet, 7 1/2 inches). Sophomore Stephanie Allen from Levittown, PA  also claimed two titles for the Lady Jaspers, taking the 200 (26.35) and the 400 (26.35-sic). Jenny Zehr of Prospect Heights, IL won the mile run in 5 minutes, 16.0 seconds.

        The Jasper men's team also beat second-place Rider, racking up 186 points to their 147. Again, Canisius came in third, garnering 61 points. Manhattan sophomore Thomas Jacob Freeman from East Greenwich, RI set a new meet record for the 35-pound weight throw, with a toss of 19.75 meters (64 feet, 9 3/4 inches). Freshman Dan Gazzola, also from East Greenwich, RI, placed second with a throw of 18.05 meters (59 feet, 2 3/4 inches). If that wasn't enough, the Manhattan men also took the next three places in this event: Mike Pellet of Cronton, NY, Gary Roskoski of Marlton Lakes, NJ and  Chuck Harklerode from Clinton Corners, NY took third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

        In the shot put, the Jasper men also won, with Gary Roskoski taking first place, Dan Gazzola second, and Mike Pellet in fourth place.

        In the Triple Jump, Manhattan again swept the field, claiming the top five spots. Adeniyi Omisore of Providence, RI came in first with a leap of 14.37 meters (47 feet, 1 3/4 inches). The Swede Magnus Ahlen from Carlstad, Sweden won in the long jump with a 7.12 meter (23 feet, 4 1/2 inches) jump. Gavin Cosgrove from Kingston, Ontario claimed the mile honors with a time of 4 minutes, 25.20 seconds, while  Gary Gentles from Peekskill, NY and Kurt Forsyth of Summit, NJ came in first and second in the 400 meter dash. Rickard Pell of Stockholm, Sweden and Daniel Norberg from Skelletta, Sweden took the first two places in the 800 meters. In the men's distance medley relay and the 1600 meter relay, Pell and Norberg won the events, with times of 10 minutes, 29.53 seconds and 3 minutes, 24.03 seconds respectively.  (SOURCE:  Report, TRACK AND FIELD SWEEPS MAAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS  Men's and Women's Teams Win for Fifth Consecutive Year-- at http://www.manhattan.edu/athletics/news/news.html  for February 18, 2001)