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Kelly Earns All-CACC Honors in the Shot Put; Hallinan, Hockran and Connors all Place Third at CACC Championships

Kelly Earns All-CACC Honors in the Shot Put; Hallinan, Hockran and Connors all Place Third at CACC Championships

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – McKayla Kelly became the first female in University of the Sciences track and field history to earn All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) honors at the CACC Championships, hosted at Georgian Court, on Sunday. 

The freshman's longest toss of 11.25m was .15m behind the winner for the runner-up spot in the field of 25. 

Kelly then placed fourth out of 22 in the javelin, with her furthest mark measuring 28.95m to close out her day with a total of 13 points. 

University of the Sciences totaled 21 points on the women's side to place 11th out of 13. 

Sophie Hockran totaled seven of the remaining eight points, while Chloe Georges garnered the final one. 

Hockran was one of three Devils to place third place on the day, joining William Hallinan and Koy Connors

She placed third out of 24 with a school record toss of 32.70m in the discus for her highest finish at the CACC Championships, and she also placed eighth in the hammer to earn points in multiple events for the second year in a row. To top off her day, she earned a spot in the top-half of the field in the shot put. 

Georges also earned points for the second year in a row after an eighth-place finish in the discus, while also placing in the top-half of the field in the shot put. 

Hallinan crossed third out of 24 in the 1500m, improving on his sixth-place finish from last year. He also crossed sixth in the field of 26 in the 800m to bring his point total to a team-high nine. 

The USciences men totaled 28 points to place eighth out of 12 as a team, a year after finishing last with 12 points. 

Connors' third place performance in the pole vault resulted in six more points in his first CACC Championships appearance, and he added two more after producing the seventh-furthest toss in the javelin.

Notably, the junior also set a collegiate-best of 10.52m in the shot put.

Sophomore Perry Giambuzzi and freshman Alton McKenley also earned points in their first CACC Championships appearances. 

Giambuzzi joined Connors in the javelin and set a school record of 42.20m to place fourth in the field of 25, while McKenley crossed sixth out of 25 in the 400m. 

Johnathan Epstein garnered points in the 5000m for the second year in a row after crossing seventh out of 19. 

Rounding out University of the Sciences' point total was Connors, McKenley, Eric Papazian and Hallinan placing eighth in the 4x400m relay. 

Individually, Papazian placed in the top-half of the field in the 200m, crossing 13th out of 35, while Ryan Ward crossed 11th out of 24 in the 1500m. 

Notably, Paige Jacobs (5000m) and Dylan Zuch (3000m steeplechase) both ran collegiate-bests on the day. 

USciences' CACC Rankings

Men's 100m (34)

22. Eric Papazian – 11.77

Men's 200m (35)

13. Eric Papazian – 23.30

35. Abdallah Elbready – 28.41

Men's 400m (25)

6. Alton McKenley – 50.79 (three points) 

Men's 800m (26)

6. William Hallinan – 1:59.96 (three points)

Men's 1500m (24)

3. William Hallinan – 4:07.54 (six points)

11. Ryan Ward – 4:27.79

21. Lucas Burkhardt – 4:53.61

Men's 5000m (19)

7. Johnathan Epstein – 16:19.24 (two points)

15. Dylan Zuch – 17:44.98

Women's 5000m (16)

12. Paige Jacobs – 21:44.84 (collegiate-best)

Men's 3000m Steeplechase (16)

15. Dylan Zuch – 11:31.44 (collegiate-best)

Men's 4x400m (12)

8. Connors, McKenley, Papazian, Hallinan – 3:37.04 (one point) 

Men's Pole Vault (10)

3. Koy Connors – 3.04m (six points) 

Men's Shot Put (20)

11. Koy Connors – 10.52m (collegiate-best)

Women's Shot Put (25)

2. McKayla Kelly – 11.25m (eight points)

11. Sophie Hockran – 9.42m

12. Chloe Georges – 8.95m 

Men's Discus (22)

14. Koy Connors – 28.87m

Women's Discus (24)

3. Sophie Hockran – 32.70m (six points) (school record)

8. Chloe Georges – 30.64m (one point)

Women's Hammer (11)

8. Sophie Hockran – 28.08m (one point)

9. Chloe Georges – 27.77m

Men's Javelin (25)

4. Perry Giambuzzi – 42.20m (five points) (school record)

7. Koy Connors – 39.66m (two points)

Women's Javelin (22)

4. McKayla Kelly – 28.95m (five points)

18. Chloe Georges – 13.95m