April 5, 2008

Seniors Okolie and Casillas Lead the Way at Osprey Open

Seniors Okolie and Casillas Lead the Way at Osprey Open

Richard Stockton Osprey Open - Richard Stockton College - Pomona, N.J.

Weather: Partly Sunny, 60 degrees

Pomona, N.J. - Seniors Chris Okolie, David Casillas and three other seniors excelled at the Richard Stockton Osprey Open on Saturday, April 5th, as the men's and women's outdoor track team competed in their second meet of the season. Okolie qualified for the Nationals in the Discus Throw at the meet, while Casillas broke the school record in Hammer Throw.

The five seniors on the men's team led the way with some outstanding performances to pace the entire team. Senior captain Chris Okolie (Bronx, N.Y./Hills East) won the Discus Throw with a personal best throw of 47.95-meters (157' 3"). This qualifies Chris for the ECAC and Division III National Championships being held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on May 22-24, 2008. Chris also placed third in the Shot Put and 7th in the Hammer Throw.

Senior David Casillas (Bay Shore, N.Y./Islip) won the Hammer Throw with a school record, ECAC qualifying throw of 47.97-meters (157' 4"). Five of David's six throws were over the former school record of 148'6" set in 1994 by Greg Lewis.

Seniors Reggie Routier (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) and Reuben Hairston (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the Triple Jump with ECAC qualifying jumps of 13.68-meters (44' 10 3/4") and 13.46-meters (44' 2").

Senior Akil Williams (Jamaica, N.Y./August Martin) placed 4th in the High Jump with a jump of 6'2" and ran the fastest leg (49.9) on the ECAC qualifying 4x400-meter Relay.

Additional Meet Scorers and Personal Bests


Men

110m High Hurdles: Chris Herbst, 15.95, 4th place

400m: Kensley Norian, 50.71, 3rd place, ECAC qualifier

4x400m Relay: Norian, Herbst, Williams, Bates - 3:24.11, 4th place, ECAC Qualifier

Long Jump: Qasim Ellis, 6.42m (21' 3/4"), 3rd place

Hammer Throw: Chris Okolie, 38.11m (125'), 7th place, Personal best

Hammer Throw: Alex Rubino, 37.71m (123' 8"), 8th place, Personal best

Shot Put: Chris Okolie, 14.02m (46'), 3rd place

Shot Put: Marc Bernstein, 12.18m (39' 11 1/2"), Personal best

Shot Put: Alex Rubino, 11.73m (38' 6"), Personal best

Discus: Alex Rubino, 43.09m (141' 4"), 3rd place, Personal best

Discus: David Casillas, 38.87m (127' 6"), 7th place, Personal best

Women

100m Hurdles: Shannon Degnan, 17.03, 4th place

3000m Steeple Chase: Kristyn Ruggiero, 14:07.03, 7th place

4x100m Relay: Smith, Degnan, Miller, Awad - 53.82, 8th place


The Rams will compete next on Saturday, April 12th at the Coach "O" Invitational at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

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