NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Wesley College's women's track & field team competed at the NYC Gotham Cup held at the Armory Track & Field Center on Friday, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Home of the United States Track & Field Hall of Fame. Competing against primarily Division I, II and professional runners, the Wolverines saw four school-records broken on the day, all by true freshman student-athletes.
Finishing fourth overall out of 24 high jumpers was Felton, Del., product Tyesha Purnell. Purnell cleared the second highest height on the day in a school-record 5-5 and is currently second in the Nation in the event.
Kiona Mency, a native of Hagerstown, Md., finished 16th out of 75 runners and first among Division III athletes with a school-record time of 7.99 in the 60m Dash. Her mark breaks her own school-record by nearly a tenth of a second that she set in the season opener in early December and ranks 11th in the Nation.
Mency's high school teammate at South Hagerstown High School and classmate Elizsha Streeter also broke a school-record in the 400m Dash with a time of 1:00.61. Winning her heat and finishing 14th out of 54 runners (2nd among Division III), the Hagerstown, Md., product broke the existing school-record held by teammate Stevi Carpenter by nine-hundredths of a second. Streeter is also ranked 15th nationally in the event.
Shattering the old school-record in the pole vault by nearly two feet was Taylor Rae Danforth. It was a homecoming of sorts for Danforth, the Jamesville, N.Y., native, whose mark of 9-2.25 was 14th of 24 athletes on the day.
Advancing to the final in the 60m hurdles was freshman Taylor Cosby, who finished eighth overall in 9.52. A native of Neptune, N.J., Cosby finished first among Division III athletes and bested 30 other competitors on the day.
Closing out the day was the 4x400m Relay which finished in 4:21.43. The Wolverines led the entire first three legs of the relay (approximately 3:09) with Streeter, Mency and sophomore Kerri Pagels in the first three spots in the lineup.
Freshman Kameko Webb also competed in the long jump (22nd – 16-3.25) and triple jump (22nd – 32-10.5).