Long jumper leads the way at Great Dane meet

by Gary Axelbank

Mamodou Gueye

Mamadou Gueye

New York, NY – The Monroe Mustangs 2012-13 indoor track team is writing an amazing story.  The latest chapter was composed at Friday’s Great Dane Classic hosted by the University at Albany at the NYC Armory.  It opens with jumper Mamadou Gueye from Senegal, who went airborne on a long jump that set a meet record and earned him a meet MVP award, and concludes with a number of other Mustangs turning in nationals-qualifying performances.

“We’re getting to the point now where we expect to run faster and jump higher and longer each time we compete,” said head track and field coach Mark Goodman.  “While those expectations are good, we have to remember the hard work that makes it all possible.  So there’s no sitting back for the Mustangs if we want the  sky to be our the limit.”

Already ranked as the nation’s leader in the triple jump, Gueye took off on an astounding long jump of 25′ 8.25″ (7.83m), which planted him as the NJCAA leader and second among all collegiate jumpers, including NCAA, four-year athletes.   At the conclusion of the Classic, Gueye was awarded the MVP Field event athlete of the meet, which is given for the most impressive performance of the day.  He’s the first Mustang to ever win that award.

Gueye’s wondrous jump also set the meet record, breaking the mark of 7.64m that stood for six years.

But Gueye wasn’t the only Mustang who impressed at the Armory. Athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams competed extremely well, posting their best performances to date and adding to the long list of Monroe athletes who will be competting in the national track meet at Texas Tech in March.

Men’s national qualifiers
Tautvydas Kieras – shot put 49.25″ (8th place, personal best)
Francisco Escobar – pole vault of 14’9″.
Damion Walker, Antione Davis, Joel Johnson, Earl Lucas – 4x400m 3:19.56  (7th place)
Christopher Lewis – 200m 22.07
Damion Walker – 500m 1:05.64
Earl Lucas – 400m 49.67
Khalfani Bernard – 60m 6.86
Christopher Lewis – 60m 6.91

Women’s national qualifiers
Manaiza Kelley -, 60m 7.75
Manaiza Kelley -200m 25.36
Manaiza Kelley – 400m 59.12
Shanice Cameron 400m – 59.08

Other notable performances:
Jessica Barrera – 60HH 9.57 ,
Jessica Barrera – 500m 1:20.03
Shyneice Sanders – 60m 8.14
Shyneice Sanders, Chekasa Hampton, Naomi Hughey, Tyra Jamison – 4x400m 4:14.89

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