James, Morris Earn All-East Honors as Delaware Women’s Track & Field Closes Out ECAC Competition
James placed third overall in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.83 while Morris posted a fifth place showing in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 41-9.75. They were among four Blue Hen student-athletes who competed on Sunday at the regional event.
Delaware posted a 30th place finish overall to tie with Army in the team standings with 10 total points. Connecticut won the overall team title with 85 points while Harvard, Hampton, Boston University, and Cornell closed out the top five.
“I am so very proud of the ladies and the coaching staff this season,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane, who led Delaware to the Colonial Athletic Association team title two weeks ago. “Paige Morris had an elite performance today to move up on the NCAA regional list. Compliments to Coach Terence Gadson for an outstanding job with the jumpers for the past few years, Larry Pratt in the throws and Tim Brock in the distance events. We are all just super excited and look forward to more success in the years to follow.”
James (Kingston, Jamaica/Convent of Mercy Academy), the CAA champion in the 100 meter hurdles, advanced to Sunday’s finals after a seventh place showing in Saturday’s trials. She earned All-East honors for the third straight year after placing second in 2012 and fifth last season. Breana Norman of Hampton won the event with a clocking of 13.44 while George Mason’s Shavon Briscoe was second in 13.81.
Morris (Milford, Del./Sussex Tech), who also won the CAA title in the triple jump two weeks ago, earned All-East honors in the triple jump for the second straight season as well after placing eighth overall a year ago. She broke her own school record of 41-2.5 set two weeks ago at the CAA meet and has now qualified for the NCAA regionals May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla. Christina Epps of Coppin State won the event Sunday with a leap of 43-0.5.
Senior Alana Pantale (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley HS) was also in action for the Blue Hens on Sunday and finished 19th overall in the shot put with a toss of 39-9.75. Harvard freshman won the event with a throw of 49-2.25. It was a busy weekend for Pantale, who also placed 14th in the discus and 26th in the hammer throw during the three-day event.
Delaware’s fourth competitor on Sunday was junior Kelsey Evancho (Lewes, Del./Lenape, N.J. HS) , who competed in the high jump. Evancho failed to clear the minimum height of 5-6 in three attempts and posted a 18th place finish.
In addition to Morris, Delaware senior Lindsay Prettyman will also be competing at the NCAA regionals. James and Amira Idris (long jump) could also qualify for the regionals when the final lists are announced later this week.
Final Team Standings: 1. Connecticut - 85; 2. Harvard - 46; 3. Hampton - 40; 4. Boston University - 39; 5. Cornell - 30.5; 6. Princeton, George Mason - 28; 8. Pittsburgh, Monmouth - 27; 10. Georgetown, VCU - 26;...........30. Delaware, Army - 10;.....57. Maine - 1
3rd Place - Latoya James, 100m hurdles (13.83); 5th Place - Paige Morris, triple jump (41-9.75); 9th Place - Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:08.12; UD Record); 11th Place - Amira Idris, long jump (17-9.75); 14th Place - Alana Pantale, discus (140-3); 15th Place - Katie Deinert, 10,000m (36:47.21); 17th Place - 4 x 800m Relay (Emily Gispert, Betsy Erlanger, Shanel Dickens, Melissa Mazzo), 9:09.86; 18th Place - Kelsey Evancho, high jump (no height); 19th Place - Alana Pantale, shot put (39-9.75); 26th Place - Alana Pantale, hammer (153-2); 35th Place - Katrina Steenkamer, 5,000m (17:19.28); 43rd Place - Michele Lambert, 5,000 (17:50.53)