The Scarlet Knights return with high aspirations after a breakthrough season in 2003-04 which garnered a fifth place finish in the BIG EAST and fifth place out of 81 teams in the ECAC Championship.
Cross Country captain Belmax DeJesus returns after last year’s All-District ranking. She leads an ambitious group of returnees including Sarah Peterson, Nicole Lombardy, Amonica Phipps, Nova Roman, Marissa DeTata, Maria Pavkovitch, Leslie Holleran, Danielle Patoir and Stephanie Zottoli. New Jersey Meet of Champions stand-out, Alexis Gray, high school teammate Alisa Budd, Caroline Mannaerts and Katie Worthington comprise our talented group of newcomers.
Leading the sprint/hurdles group is NCAA and Olympic Trials participant captain Shameka Marshall. Marshall’s record-setting year earned her national recognition and bodes well for her senior outing. She set six school records and won two BIG EAST Championship events in the outdoor long jump and 100 hurdles. The sprint/hurdles corps includes ECAC 4x100 runners-up Jacqueline Todd, Ariel Brockman and Coryn Gomez, as well as stellar newcomer and New Jersey State 55 meter champion, Sophia Wallace and Zeena Hazuri. The 4x100 quartet set a new school record and has an eye on a Regional qualifying berth this season, while returnees Natasha Norville and Simone Thomas combine with Todd and Brockman for a run at the 4x400 record.
Captain Desiree Battle leads a gifted group of jumpers and multi-eventers that includes NCAA Regional participants, Kerry Ann Mitchell in the high jump, school record-holder Kahimah Liverman in the triple jump and Marshall in the long jump. BIG EAST heptathlon scorer Angela Messerschmidt will help show the way to newcomer Deanna Poland in the multi-events while newcomers Tracy Lippincott, Sarah Deegan and Karen Langner constitute an outstanding pole vaulting corps.
Always a powerful scoring contingent, the throwing group is headed by captain Claire Inskeeep (HT and WT). Returning to form after a shoulder injury, Inskeep looks to become a top scorer in the BIG EAST and Regionals. NCAA Regional participant Cycerli Ash, offers talent and versatility with stand-out performances in the shot put, discus, weight and hammer. School record-holder Kiara Adams, looks to erase her old mark in the shot put while La-Krisha Howard continues to move up our all-time list in the discus. Sophomore powerhouse Amanda Jacobs now covers all of the events with her recent addition of the javelin. This group welcomes high school All-American Stephanie Petine in the javelin and ace discus thrower Carrieann Zielinski.
New school 800 meter record holder and NCAA Regional participant Amonica Phipps captains the middle/long distance group. She heads a fine contingent of runners, which includes a middle distance corps comprised of All-East 500m runner Dominique Sanon, Dominique Bishop and Elina Ploskin. New Jersey stand-out Desirae Irby joins newcomers Gray and Budd to add great depth and promise to our middle distances from the 400 to the mile.
With this combination of veteran leadership and fresh talent, the Scarlet Knights fully expect to score among the top teams in the BIG EAST and the East once again and to send a strong, competitive group to the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships.