Roschell Clayton Participated in the High Jump Final
June 10, 2023 –
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded with the Women’s Championship events on Saturday. The lone Philly college participant was Roschell Clayton of Villanova. She placed 14th in the high jump with height of 1.81m. The national champion is Charity Griffith of Ball State who jumped a personal best of 1.93m. Former Villanova high jumper Sanaa Barnes, who now represents Auburn, jumped a season-best 1.84m.
Villanova was the only Philly team to score points earning 2. That was posted by Malik Cunningham in the Triple Jump. He had a distance of 16.17m which represents his personal best. It is also the seventh longest jump in program history and the is the best result in the jumps in 44 years.
There may not have been a lot of points, but there are accomplishments by athletes from our schools.
Villanova did have a track finalist as Liam Murphy was in the 1500m race. He got there as an automatic qualifier by finishing in the top five of his heat running a 3:39.82. He had the best splits in the first 100m (1:00.56) and the last 400 covering the distance in :54.08. Sean Donoghue of Villanova also ran in that race. His time of 3:42.89 did not qualify him to advance.
Haftu Strintzos of Villanova participated in the Men’s 10,000 Meters final. He got there by being a top-twelve qualifier in the East Region. It marked the third straight time he ran in the event final. Strintzos ran a 29:45.22.
The Penn 4 x 400 Meter Relay team did not move on to the final, but the team did run the second fastest time in program history in this event. The team of 3:33.43. Isabella Whittaker, Jocelyn Niemiec, Moforehan Abinusawa, and Christiana Nwachuku carried the baton for the Red and Blue.
In the Women’s 10,000 Meters Eleanor Mancini of La Salle came into that race as the top qualifier from the East Region. Her time in the final was 35:19.21. Unlike the regional she did not get out to an early lead in this race. The time was a just over two minutes slower in the finals race.
Two runners participated in the 3000 Meters Steeplechase. Olivia Morganti of Penn and Lydia Olivere of Villanova ran in the same heat, but did not move on.
Scott Toney made the Pole Vault final and got over the bar as high as 5.15m.
Sean Dolan ran in the 800m semifinals (1:50.45), but did not advance.
Florida won the Men’s Championship. The host Texas Longhorns won the women’s title.
Written By: Glenn Papazian