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Latoya James is the first athlete in UD history to win an ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championship title
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

James Wins First Ever Title for Delaware, Prettyman Second in Mile for Blue Hens at ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/09/2014
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BOSTON, Mass.  --   University of Delaware junior Latoya James became the first student-athlete in Blue Hen history to capture an individual title at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Sunday as she won the 60 meter hurdles competition at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.

James was one of six Blue Hens who competed during the final day of the meet Sunday and one of two to earn All-East honors as senior Lindsay Prettyman (at left) placed second overall in the mile with a school-record time. Also for the Blue Hens, the UD distance medley relay team posted a 10th place overall finish.

Delaware collected 18 total points during the three-day, season-ending meet to tie Yale for 16th place in the team standings, marking the second best finish in school history. Last year’s squad placed 14th overall for the best finish in UD history. Connecticut won the team title for the second straight year.

“Everyone had a peak performance this weekend,” said head coach Wendy McFarlane. “The ladies stuck with the plan and executed their races very well. This weekend gives us big momentum heading into the outdoor season. The girls did a great job competing and working with each other.”

James, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica (Convent of Mercy Academy), had finished second in the preliminaries on Saturday but she went one better on Sunday as she ran to a time of 8.56 to win the race, outdistancing runner-up Michelle Anthony of Albany (8.59) and Chatal Scott of Connecticut (8.66). James earned All-East honors for the second straight year after placing second a year ago.

Prettyman closed out a record-setting senior campaign Sunday as she placed second in the mile run with a time of 4:45.55, breaking her own school record set earlier this season. Prettyman, an Academic All-American candidate, finished less than a second behind champion Katie Harman of James Madison, who finished in a time of 4:44.86.

Prettyman earned All-East honors for the second straight year as she also placed second in the ECAC 1,000 meters in 2013.

Also on Sunday, Delaware’s distance medley relay team of Betsy Erlanger, Tyler Jackson, Alexandra Carroll, and Emily Gispert recorded a season-best time of 11:52.57 to finish in 10th place.
       
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Final Team Standings: 1. Connecticut - 75; 2. Cornell - 64; 3. Liberty- 44; 4. Rutgers - 40.5; 5. Georgetown - 33; 6. Albany - 31; 7. William & Mary - 30; 8. Monmouth - 27; 9. Sacred Heart - 24; 10. St. John’s - 23; 11. UMES - 22; 12. Coppin State - 21; 13. James Madison, Fordham - 20; 15. Syracuse - 19; 16. Delaware, Yale - 18; 18. Bucknell, Temple - 17; 20. Providence - 16......46. Binghamton - 0.33

Delaware Finishers (Both Days): 1st Place - Latoya James, 60m hurdles (8.56); 2nd Place - Lindsay Prettyman, mile (4:45.55/school record); 10th Place - Distance Medley Relay (Betsy Erlanger, Tyler Jackson, Alexandra Carroll, Emily Gispert), 11:52.57; 12th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Breanna Nicholson, Toresha Foster, Kelley Donovan, Chelsi Campbell), 3:49.90; 13th Place - Michele Lambert, 5,000m (17:11.51); 18th Place - Betsy Erlanger, 1,000m (2:56.15); 20th Place - Monica Hagenauer, weight throw (50-0); 32nd Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (did not finish)
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