EWING, NJ – The New Jersey City University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in one final meet on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 – the Lions Outdoor Invitational, hosted by the College of New Jersey – in preparation for the New Jersey Athletic Conference 2022 (NJAC) Outdoor Championships, which will take place next weekend at the same venue. NJCU put in some strong performances, including season best times and personal bests.
For men, seniors Roger Campbell (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson) shone in the 100 meters and placed ninth overall out of 77 with a personal best 11.21, which qualifies him for the 2022 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Outdoor Championships in mid- may. His time is also tied for the team’s fastest of the season, sharing first place with the senior co-captain Dave Etienne (Jersey City, NJ/Dickinson). Campbell’s time was faster than 21 Division I and II runners.
Etienne himself continued to improve his time in the ECAC qualifying 200 meters by posting NJCU’s season best time in the event. The Jersey City native placed sixth overall out of 59 runners with a time of 22.26, ahead of 14 competitors from Divisions I and II. Fellow co-captain, sophomore Jake Sisk (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) also continued to improve his personal best and ECAC qualifying time in the 800 meter event with a time of 1:57.10 to place 14th out of 92 runners. His finish was better than 23 Division I and II competitors.
For women, junior Lamya Young (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) missed his 100m PR by just 0.07 seconds. She clocked a time of 1:30 p.m. to place 21st out of 41 runners, including 11 Division II competitors. She was joined by junior Tiffany Ortiz (Jersey City, NJ / University Academy Charter), who clocked a personal best 28.13 in the 200m event, which was NJCU’s fastest time this outdoor season. It was fast enough to cross the finish line ahead of seven Division I and II riders.
As mentioned, the Gothic Knights head straight back to Ewing for the NJAC Championships next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8.