BOSTON -- The University of Delaware received a pair of record-setting performances from hurdler Latoya James and middle distance runner Lindsay Prettyman, and Paige Morris (at right) earned All-East honors in the triple jump to highlight the first day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boston University.
Prettyman and James each advanced to Sunday’s finals in their respective races and the Blue Hens put in nine top 20 finishes during a successful day. The meet will conclude on Sunday.
James continued her speedy success as she broke her own record in the 60 meter hurdles with a second place time of 8.56 and then broke that record with another second place finish in the semifinals (8.47). She will compete in the final Sunday at 12:10 p.m and will be looking to better her fifth place finish from a year ago.
Prettyman, who already owns the UD indoor record in the 800 meters, added another milestone to her list as she took a second place finish in the 1,000 meters to advanced to Sunday’s finals at 1:40 p.m. Prettyman ran to a time of 2:50.63 to break the record of 2:52.71 by Karen Mandrachia in 2009.
Morris highlighted the Blue Hen performances in the field events as she earned All-East honors with an eighth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 39-feet 1/4-inches, her career best and the second longest leap in UD history.
Another top showing in the field events was Kelsey Evancho’s 13th place finish in the high jump with a career-best leap of 5-feet, 6-inches, that would rank 13th overall.
Also for Delaware, the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Toresha Foster, Nijah Dupiche, Chelsi Campbell, and Michele Simmons placed 11th (3:46.79), Amira Idris was 13th in the triple jump (38-4 3/4), Emily Gispert was 18th in the 1,000 meters (2:59.25), Courtney Markow did not reach a height in the pole vault and finished 19th, Nijah Dupiche placed 20th in the 400 meters with a time of 56.03, Foster was 21st in the 400 meters (56.04), and Alana Pantale placed 30th in the weight throw (44-2).
In addition to James and Prettyman competing Sunday for the Hens, also in action for UD will be Michele Lambert in the 3,000 meters (2:15 p.m.) and Alana Pantale in the shot put (9:30 a.m.).
Team Standings After Day One: 1. Connecticut - 38.5; 2. George Mason - 19, Harvard - 19; 4. Lafayette - 14; 5. Cornell - 13; 6. Army - 12; 7. Coppin State - 11.5; 8. Albany - 10, Manhattan -10; 10. Syracuse - 8, Princeton - 8.......27. Delaware, Navy, Northeastern, VCU - 1.
Delaware Finishers in Preliminaries:
2nd Place - Lindsay Prettyman, 1,000m (Preliminaries: 2:50.63; School Record); Latoya James, 60m hurdles (Preliminaries: 8.56/Semfinals: 8.47/semifinals; School Record)
8th Place - Paige Morris, triple jump (39-5 1/4);
11th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Toresha Foster, Nijah Dupiche, Chelsi Campbell, Michele Simmons), 3:46.79;
13th Place - Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-6); Amira Idris, triple jump (38-4 3/4);
18th Place - Emily Gispert, 1,000m (2:59.25)
19th Place - Courtney Markow, pole vault (no height)
20th Place - Nijah Dupiche, 400m (56.03)
21st Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (56.04)
30th Place - Alana Pantale, weight throw (44-2)