2009-10 Indoor Track Season Recap
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men’s and women’s indoor track teams qualified 12 men and four women this season for the ECAC Championships. Freshmen Corine Magee (Mastic Beach, N.Y./William Floyd) and Faustine Chukwuezi (Central Islip, N.Y./Central Islip) qualified for the NCAA National Championship held at DePauw University.
The men began the indoor season by placing second at the Collegiate Track Conference Relays as they won two individual events and four relays. Freshman Alix Lamarre (Uniondale, N.Y./Mepham) was the individual winner and combined with freshman Donnell Jones (Brooklyn, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) in capturing the 55m relay. Junior Nick David (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) was the individual winner and teamed with freshman John Verderber (Aquebogue, N.Y./Riverhead) to win the pole vault relay, while junior Qasim Ellis (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) teamed with Lamarre to win the long jump relay and senior Kurt Johns-Harris (Stonybrook, N.Y./Ward Melville) to win the triple jump relay. The following week, the Rams captured the Ursinus Five-Team Meet and won the pole vault (David), long jump (Ellis), 200m (Deshaun Thomas, Jamaica, N.Y./Thomas Edison), 3000m (Sean Tiernan, Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) and the 4x400m relay.
Ellis and junior Jeffrey St. Simon (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) placed first and second respectively in the triple jump and the New York City Gotham Cup. Ellis’ jump of 46’ 9” moved him to #2 on the Farmingdale State All-Time List. At the same meet, freshman Ed Brown (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) set a school record in the 35 pound weight throw with a distance of 53’ 9 ¼”. David won the pole vault and tied a school record at the Wesleyan Invitational, where Ellis captured the long jump and Johns-Harris had the winning triple jump. David would stand alone in the pole vault with a school record jump at the CTC Championships one month later. The Rams finished in fifth place at the CTC’s and were defeated by only one Division III team.
The women began the indoor season at the CTC Relays and finished in fourth place, which was the best finish in program history. Chukwuezi was the individual winner in the long jump and teamed with freshman Victoria Mandat (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) to win the triple jump relay. Mandat was the individual winner in the 55m hurdles and teamed with senior Nicole Zarek (Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) and freshman Casey Bergin (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) to win the 55m hurdle relays. The team also captured the 4x200m relays, setting a new school record as Chukwuezi and Magee teamed with Mandat and freshman Kathleen Clermont (Uniondale, N.Y./Uniondale). Senior captain Gina Pierre (Wyandanch, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) broke her won school record in the 20 pound weight toss with a distance of 44 feet.
Magee broke the school record in the 200m at the Ursinus Five Team Meet, while Mandat captured the 55m hurdle event for her second straight victory.
Chukwuezi broke the school record in the triple jump at the NYU Gotham Cup with a mark of 37’ 10 ¼”, which qualified her for the Division III National Championship. The following week at the Wesleyan Invitational Mandat won the 55m hurdles and set a school record with a time of 8.78. Magee won the 55m and 200m, while Chukwuezi won the triple jump at the same event.
The women finished in a program best 5th place at the CTC’s and had the highest team finish in school history at the ECAC Championship. Magee set the school record in the 55m dash and the 200m at the ECAC Championship. Her time of 7.25 in the 55m qualified her for the National Championship. Mandat broke her own school record in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.55
Magee and Chukwuezi competed in the NCAA Indoor Track Championship and were two out of thirty freshman to compete in a field of 224.