Former Southern Regional Stars Kaitlyn Mooney, Peyton Wejnert Have Big Days

By David Biggy | Nov 27, 2019
Courtesy of: Coast Guard Athletics Kaitlyn Mooney

Stafford Township — Former Southern Regional runner Kaitlyn Mooney continues to amaze the coaches at the Coast Guard Academy.

Despite missing most of the season with an injury, the junior returned to cross-country action for the NCAA Division III New England Regional race on Nov. 16 and placed sixth with a time of 21:36.7. After qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championship – during which she had placed fourth in her previous two seasons – Mooney traveled to E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 23 and followed up with a 34th-place effort to earn All-America honors for a third straight season.

Mooney cruised through the first 1,000 meters in 3:33.4 and at 3,000 meters clocked a 10:40.2 before crossing the finish line in 22:08.3, becoming CGA’s first three-time All-American in program history. Her freshman year, Mooney registered a time of 20:48.3 and followed with a 21:04.2 last season.

Mooney finished just behind 33rd-place finisher Meredith Cronin from Connecticut College (22:07.7) and 32nd-place finisher Emma Becker (22:07.3). Ithaca’s Parley Hannan won with a time of 20:53.8.

“Kaitlyn’s performance today was nothing less than remarkable,” said coach Ethan Brown. “After getting injured in the middle of September, she put in a tremendous amount of work so she could run at regionals and then the NCAAs today. We are really proud of Kait for overcoming great odds to be CGA’s first three-time cross-country All-American.”

Prior to the regional meet, Mooney hadn’t competed since Sept. 21. The Manahawkin native, who had won the New England Regional championship each of her first two seasons, helped the Bears place 13th overall.

Last winter, Mooney won the 5,000-meter indoor title in 16:23.12 at the NCAA Division III Championships, setting a Division III record.

Wejnert Lights It Up at Pace

Former Southern basketball standout Peyton Wejnert had a career game on Nov. 23, pouring in 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Pace University men’s basketball team to a 78-66 victory over American International College and a 5-0 start. Wejnert just missed tallying his third double-double of the short season.

The Setters overcame a 34-30, halftime deficit by outscoring AIC, 48-32, during the second half. Wejnert, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, played 35 of 40 minutes, buried nine of 11 attempts from the foul line, swiped a pair of steals and blocked a shot.

So far this season, Wejnert leads the Setters with 120 points, an average of 24 per game, 41 field goals. 38 free throws made, and 49 rebounds, an average of 9.8 per contest. Wejnert started the season with a 29-point effort against Georgian Court on Nov. 8, before tallying 20 points against Queens College the next day, 18 points against Concordia on Nov. 16 and 20 points against Mercy on Nov. 20.

— David Biggy

Peyton Wejnert (Courtesy of: Pace University Athletics)
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