Lehman rolls to CUNY championship
Alli wins Most Valuable Performer tallying four gold medals
NEW YORK -- With Tobi Alli leading the way, the Lehman won the 2012 CUNY Athletic Conference Championship going away (218 points) on Sunday. It's the Lightning's fifth title in 17 years of the event, and the school's first since sharing the title in 2008.
Alli scored gold medals in four events in the two-day competition, the Long Jump, Triple Jump (new meet record), and running a leg on the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. She took silver in the 100 and 200 meters and a fourth-place showing in the shot put.
Alli's 60 individual points earned her the Most Valuable Performer honor for the second time this year, as she also won the award at the Indoor Championships.
Two women's championship records were broken by All-Americans. Alli demolished the Women's Triple Jump record by a half-meter jumping a distance of 12.02 meters.
Hunter finished in second place in the team standings for the third consecutive year with 150 points, followed closely by the defending champions, CCNY with 141 points. Medgar Evers College slotted fourth with 33 points and York did not score as team due to insufficient participation.
Following dominance in the 10,000 Meters to days earlier, Hunter was strong in the distance events, as has been the case all season long. In the 5000 meter run a trio of Hawks earned medals. Donna Mahoney led the squad, capturing her second gold medal of the meet in 19:42.47. Jacklyn Henderson took silver in 20:09.42 and Johanna Keilwitz rounded out the trio with a bronze in a time of 21:34.41.
Henderson and Mahoney traded places in the 1500 meter run to seize the top two spots as Henderson took gold in a time of 5:02.38 and Mahoney grabbed silver in 5:10.83.
Henderson continued her impressive day with a four-year college gold medal in the 800 meters, running a 2:30.2.
Other senior college winners included Medgar Evers’ Katisha Simmons, who qualified for the NCAA Championships in two weeks time with an impressive 12.09 time in the 100.
York's Maria Suero-Santos, who won the javelin with a heave of 27.54 in the finals. The Beavers' Ramatulai Bah won the Shot Put (10.58 meters), while Shannon Finucane won the Discus Throw event with a toss of 24.81 meters.