Terriers score 29 points at NEC championships
by Bryan Fonseca
May 10, 2017 | 10519 views | 0 0 comments | 383 383 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured from left to right are St. Francis head coach Chris Mills, assistant coach Maritza Osorio, J’Renda Rivera, and assistant coach Richard Squire.
Pictured from left to right are St. Francis head coach Chris Mills, assistant coach Maritza Osorio, J’Renda Rivera, and assistant coach Richard Squire.
After the Northeast Conference Championships this past weekend, the 2017 outdoor season for St. Francis Brooklyn track and field is over.

The women’s team improved from a ten-point showing last season, racking up 18 points this season. Junior sprinter J’Renda Rivera had a hand in 16 of them.

The last time a female Terrier scored this many points in one outdoor championships was in 2015, courtesy of Kristal Williams. Rivera also became the first Terrier since Williams to score in four different events at NEC’s.

Rivera also became the first Terrier since Williams in 2014 to score in four different events at the championships.

Rivera competed in six races throughout the two-day event, including the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays, and the open 200 and 400-meter finals on day two after qualifying on day one.

“Honestly, I was prepared to do this,” Rivera said after her eventful display. “It’s conference championships, the last meet of the season, so I was thinking, ‘what could possibly go wrong if you don’t go all out and get it?’

“Test the waters, you can’t give back anything,” she added. “Just leave it all out there.”

Rivera earned six points and a bronze in the 400-meter with a time of 57.07, collected five more and finished fourth in the 200 with a personal best of 24.70, and helped add more points in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Her 200-meter time qualified for next week’s Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.

The women’s 4x100 team of Rivera, Naycha Boone, Siani Wilson and Princess Missigher scored four points after a time of 48.61, which resulted in a fifth-place finish.

The 4x400 of Rivera, Wilson, Missigher and Aaliyah Williams finished in 4:09.72, and added one point with an eighth-place finish.

“I felt that our effort was good, the relay was alright,” Rivera said. “We messed up somewhat, but it wasn’t on purpose. Overall, I’d say it was good.”

The remaining two points were earned by Annais Cummiskey after completing the course in 39:18.62 minutes, a seventh place showing in the 10K.

Senior Lena Janoda qualified for the 1500-meter finals with a twelfth-place finish on day one, but did not score despite a time of 5:08.30.

The aforementioned Boone was amongst several close calls for the Terriers on qualifying day. Boone finished her 100-meter sprint with a time of 12.697, and the final top-eight qualifying time stood at 12.696, missing the margin by one-hundredth of a second.

On the men’s side there were 11 points, and six were thanks to the efforts of senior Luis Porto.

Porto recorded a top-five finish in the 10K on day one with a time of 31:45.61, setting a new school record. This started day one with four Terrier points. In his final run for St. Francis Brooklyn, he added two points after a 15:19.59 5K, which landed him in seventh place.

The remaining Terrier points came in the relays, with a 43.00 finish in the 4x100 by a team consisting of Francis O’Sullivan, Paul Clarke, Luther Gillespie III and Lamar Gillespie coming sixth place, adding three points, and the 4x400 of Clarke, the Gillespie twins and Diego Delacruz taking two more, with a seventh place finish and a time of 3:24.40.

Clarke was another Terrier who just missed out on a day two opportunity. Coincidentally, it was also in the 100. The sophomore capped off his run in 11.15 seconds, but the final qualifier came in at 11.12.
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