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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Queens (N.Y.) clinched the inaugural East Coast conference outdoor championship title with a victory on Sunday.

Queens won the championship by only one point, beating Molloy 165-164. Queens placed third in the the 4x400 relay -- the final race of the day -- adding six points to the Knights' tournament total, which cemented the victory.

On Saturday, sophomore Tyler Bay was first to cross the finish line in the 5,000 with a time of 15:49.00. Senior Max Gazzara finished fourth in the event. Field events ruled the day, however, as junior Vincent Fratto won the shot put event with a throw measured at 13.48 meters. Knights newcomer Liam O’Connor came in third in the event. Freshman Angel Alers-Rosario took the discus with a throw measured at 45.46 meters followed by Fratto's throw of 45.09.

The runners brought a solid effort on their home track on Sunday. The Knights' biggest help of the day came from Kurt Samuel who won first in the 800 with a time of 1:56.63. The Knights placed second in the 4x800 relay, crossing the finish line at 8:22.97.

The track squad gained four quick points as Nick Harran placed fourth in the 400 hurdles, the first race of the day. Joseph Mayer placed fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 4:04.80.

Related:
Conference Championship Central