MOUNT ST. MARY'S CRUISES TO FIRST NEC INDOOR WOMEN'S CROWN IN 22 YEARS
Staten Island, NY - Mount St. Mary's jumped into the driver's seat on Friday and continue setting the pace on Championship Saturday. After pulling in 138 points across 17 events, the Mount arrived at a place that it had not been since 1997. Jay Phillips' Mountaineers picked up medals in 10 of 17 events en-route to the program's first NEC Indoor women's team title since Bill Clinton's Presidency. In search of its first NEC crown since 1999, Fairleigh Dickinson piled up 105 points to finish second in the team standings followed by 2018 champion LIU Brooklyn in third with 98 points. FDU's finish came only two months after garnering a sevent-place ranking the annual coaches' poll. Behind a quartet of major award winners, Mount St. Mary's also finished better than its preseason poll position. Graduate transfer Erin Jaskot provided a huge boost to the Mount in the distance department en-route to securing the Most Valuable Performer award. After bursting onto the scene as a rookie sensation in 2018, Mount sophomore Kayla Barnes won an individual gold (200m), an individual silver (60m) and the Most Outstanding Track Performer (Sprints) award. Meanwhile, Mount's Erin Sample scored in both throwing events on her way to the Most Outstanding Field Performer (Throws) honor. Freshman sprinter Dominique Jeffery scored in the 200m and 400m dashes and later ran a leg on Mount's meet record-breaking 1600m relay en-route to a share of the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer award. Robert Morris freshman Zoe Roush also staked claim to the honor after recording ECAC qualifying marks in both horizontal jumps. LIU Brooklyn's Eugenie Hue earned the Most Outstanding Track Performer (Distance) accolade thanks to her wins in the mile and the 800m run. The French-born Hue stretched out to provide the Blackbirds with distance points this weekend after posting the conference's top times in the 400m and 500m dashes during regular season competition. Angeli Andre accounted for 19 of the Blackbirds' points highlighted by a win in the high jump. Andre who met the ECAC Championship qualifying standard during her performance reeled in the Most Outstanding Field Performer (Jumps) honor.