SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University men's and women's cross country squads continued their spring competition at the East Stroudsburg University All American Meet on Saturday, April 21, in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
SHU junior Hughnique Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) impressed in the 1,500-meter run for the second time this spring, breaking her own Bahamas national record in the event, a record she set earlier this year. She won the event with a time of 4:39.09, which also represented an Eiler-Martin Stadium record.
"Hughnique is a coach's dream to train, and I am excited that she has been able to run those times," head men's and women's cross country coach John Moon said. "It was an impressive performance; she led the race from the gun and finished about eight seconds in front of the next closest competitor in her heat."
Junior Jared Hanko (Montville, N.J.) and freshman Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) turned in two of the more impressive times for Seton Hall's men's team on Saturday. Hanko finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a personal best time of 1:55.79, while Orner placed fourth in the 5,000-meter, finishing in 16:39.01.
"The competition was strong and my team performed very well," Moon said. "It's the way they have been training, their attitude is always to go out and run their personal best, which is fantastic, they want to improve, and that's what they are doing."
Freshman Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) both finished in the top-10 in the women's 1,500-meter race along with Rolle. Migton came in sixth with a time of 4:52.79, while Eddings finished ninth in 5:09.33.
Freshman Louisa Ozimek (Strongsville, Ohio) also turned in a top-10 performance, finishing ninth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 22:10.45.
The women's 4x400-meter team of Felecia Mingrone, Eddings, Migton and Rolle posted a fourth-place mark of 4:06.39.
On the men's side, junior Cory Hellwig (Vernon, N.J.) finished just behind Orner in the 5,000-meter race, coming in sixth with a time of 17:06.94. Senior Erik Chester (Danielson, Conn.) placed eighth in the 3,000-meter, finishing in 9:38.07, and sophomore Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) came in 22nd in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:27.56.
"The team did very well there, I was excited about the weekend and it was a fantastic meet for my kids," Moon said. "Our team is in shape and our training this spring has been great, but one of the main things for us right now is that we are having fun, the kids are relaxed and running well."
The men's and women's cross country teams will complete their spring slate on Saturday, April 27, when they head to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., for the Lehigh Games.