Monmouth wins Lafayette Pentagular outdoor meet

first_img Getting considerable help from area athletes, the Monmouth University men and women were victorious at the Lafayette Pentagular Meet in Easton, Pa. The Hawk men dominated the field, rolling up 242 points to runner-up Lafayette’s 116. Ex-Christian Brothers Academy star Mike Socha won the men’s long jump with a 22-2. In the throwing event, Monmouth was paced by its all-American Jon Kalnas. Kalnas, who kept resetting the indoor shot put record during a winter season in which he finished fifth at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I championships, spun the discus 162-11, finishing first. Monmouth’s women needed every point the Hawks earned to beat host Lafayette, 163-156. Middletown South grad Katie Pachuta, the 2001 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association discus champion, picked up where she left off with the Eagles last spring by winning the discus throw in Easton at 125-10. Also winning for the Hawks was ex-Red Bank Catholic standout Suraya Kornegay, who took the 400 meters in 56.76. She also ran on the 4×400 relay team that took first in 3:57.85. The Hawks’ only other individual winner among the women was Lisa Ricciardelli. She scored two wins. She was first in the hammer throw (156-3) and then won the pole vault in a school record 11-0. Monmouth records continued to fall Saturday in Durham, N.C., at the Duke Invitational. Kalnas unleashed a 172-2 discus throw to set a new school standard. He also won the shot put at 61-0 3/4. Speid broke his own 400 mark with a 47.27. Kornegay ran fifth in the 400 meters, but lowered the Monmouth school record to 56.6. That was an ECAC Championship qualifying time. The Hawks will be in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday for the Onesty/Arbamson Invitational at the University of Virginia. Staff Writer By tim morris last_img read more