Delaware Advances Three to Finals, 4 x 800 Relay Sets School Mark at Day 2 of ECAC Championships
BOSTON -- Junior Liz McGroarty placed third in the mile run trials, the 4 x 800 meter relay team placed fourth in the trials with a school-record run, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team posted a season-best time to highlight University of Delaware performances at the second day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Boston University.
Delaware will compete in three finals on the third and final day of the championships on Sunday as well as competing in two other events.
“These ladies brought tears to my eyes while the were running today,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith. “It’s a spark I continue to see in the team this year, thanks to the staff, especially Coach Ryan (Waite) and the energy he bring to the distance program this year. These ladies work hard and are great athletes. It's just a wonderful feeling to see such great progress this season. I am excited for the showdown among our conference opponents in the finals tomorrow.”
McGroarty had the Hens’ best finish of the day as she ran the mile in a time of 4:50.86, the second best time in school history and just five seconds off the school mark. She will compete in the finals Sunday at 12:10 p.m.
Delaware’s 4 x 800 meter relay team of Michaela Meyer, Ciara Murphy Angie Spadaccini, and Betsy Erlanger also had a big day as the foursome ran to a school record time of 9:04.60 to place fourth overall and advance to Sunday’s finals at 2:30 p.m.. The relay shattered the school record of 9:13.72 set by Emily Gispert, Lindsay Prettyman, Alex Gervais, and Alexandra Carroll in 2012.
The Blue Hens’ 4 x 400 meter relay team was also impressive as the group of Carolyn Darr, Nadia Khoury, London Freeland, and Carly Pettipaw placed ninth with a season-best time of 3:46.80 to advance to Sunday’s final at 3 p.m.
Also for the Hens on Saturday, Ashley Bailey was ninth in the pole vault (11-9.75), Freeland was 15th in the 400 meters (57.43), Pettipaw was 17th in the 800 meters (2:13.20), Andriene Rose was 22nd in the 60 meters (7.77), Jeanette Bendolph was 24th in the 800 meters (2:14.87), and Sarah Hillman was 30th in the weight throw (50-7.25).
In addition to McGroarty and the two relay teams, also competing on Sunday for Delaware will be Hillman in the shot put at 9:30 a.m. and the distance medley relay team at 11 a.m.
3rd Place - Liz McGroarty, mile (4:50.86/advances to finals)
4th Place - 4 x 800m Relay (Michaela Meyer, Ciara Murphy Angie Spadaccini, Betsy Erlanger), 9:04.60 (UD Record/advances to finals)
9th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Carolyn Darr, Nadia Khoury, London Freeland, Carly Pettipaw), 3:46.80 (advances to finals); Ashley Bailey, pole vault (11-9.75)
15th Place - London Freeland, 400m (57.43/did not advance)
17th Place - Carly Pettipaw, 800m (2:13.20/did not advance)
22nd Place - Andriene Rose, 60m (7.77/did not advance)
24th Place - Jeanette Bendolph, 800m (2:14.87/did not advance)
30th Place - Sarah Hillman, weight throw (50-7.25)
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