Another win for EHT’s Mariah Stephens of Rider, huge PRs for Shawnee’s Grace Kearns & Cinnaminson’s Prisca Blamon as Monmouth women roll to MAAC title!!!!!

Rider freshman Mariah Stephens from Egg Harbor, who won the long jump on Saturday, made it a conference double Sunday with a big win in the triple jump on Sunday

Stephens jumped a lifetime-best 38-5 ½ and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title at the Armory by 1 ¼ inches over Britney Del Mundo of Quinnipiac, who jumped 38-4 ¼.

Stephens also had jumps of 38-1 and 38-4 ¼ along with three fouls in her series. All three legal jumps surpassed her indoor PR of 37-10, which she jumped in the Gotham Classic at Ocean Breeze last month.

Her previous overall best jump was a 38-4 this past June to win the state Group 4 title at Franklin High School as an EHT senior.

In addition to the two horizontal jump wins, Stephens placed 4th in 60 hurdles in 8.81 and 6th in the 60-meter dash final in 7.88.

In the women’s 400, St. Peter’s freshman Diamond McLaughlin ran an indoor best 58.20 and placed 3rd, and Anne Rutledge of Egg Harbor Township placed 7th in 59.98.

Kingsway graduate Allie Pierontoni, a Monmouth freshman, placed 5th in the mile with a time of 5:01.17.

Rancocas Valley graduate Abby Boggs, a Monmouth freshman, cleared 10-11 ¾ on her seond attempt and placed 3rd in the pole vault.

Shawnee graduate Grace Mary Kearns, a Monmouth junior, recorded a huge PR of 2:14.56 Sunday and placed 3rd in the 800.

Kearns’ previous best 800 indoors or outdoors was a 2:16.56 in her last race on Feb. 5 in Boston. She also ran 2:16.81 a week earlier at Ocean Breeze. But before Jan. 28, her lifetime PR indoors or outdoors was 2:18.30 from the 2020 indoor MAAC Championships qualifying heatrs at the Armory.

So she’s dropped nearly four seconds in three weeks.

At Shawnee, Kearns had an indoor PR of 2:21.33 from 2018 Easterns – also at the Armory – and an outdoor PR of 2:19.97 at 2018 spring sectionals at Washington Township. Her current outdoor PR is a 2:18.74 from a meet at Lafayette in Easton, Pa., last March.

Cinnaminson graduate Prisca Blamon, a Monmouth senior, moved up from 4th to 3rd on her final throw in the shot put Sunday, improving from 45-2 ½ to a lifetime-best 45-8 ½. Her previous best was a 45-7 ¾ outdoors at Monmouth last spring, and her indoor PR was 45-6 ¼ last month at Ocean Breeze.

Blamon’s 45-8 ½ is No. 6 in Monmouth indoor track history. She also placed 5th on Saturday in the weight throw with a 56-0 ½.

Bordentown graduate Genesis Walker, a Rider senior, placed 5th in the 60 in 7.98 and 8th in the 200 in 25.92.

Monmouth outscored Rider 187-134 ½ to win its 7th title in the last eight years.

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