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Latoya James will compete in the 100 meter hurdles finals at the ECAC Championships for the third straight year Sunday
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James Advances to Finals in Hurdles to Lead University of Delaware Women’s Track & Field at ECAC Championships

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/17/2014
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PRINCETON, N.J.  --  University of Delaware senior Latoya James was the top performer for the Blue Hens women’s outdoor track and field squad at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships Saturday at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.

James, the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association 100 meter hurdles champion, continued to fare well in the event as she ran to a time of 14.04 in the preliminaries Saturday to advance to Sunday’s finals at 12:50 p.m. James, who placed fifth in the ECAC event last year, was seventh in the trials, good enough to advance to the finals. Hampton’s Breana Norman had the best trials time with a clocking of 13.64.

James was among eight Blue Hens who competed at Saturday at the ECAC meet. Lindsay Prettyman broke her own record in the 800 meters to place ninth in the trials in that event, Amira Idris was 11th in the long jump, Alana Pantale was 14th in the discus and 26th in the hammer, and the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Emily Gispert, Betsy Erlanger, Shanel Dickens, and Melissa Mazzo placed 17th in the trials.

“It is a busy and competitive field at the ECAC Championship this year,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “I was very pleased with the ladies efforts today, they really fought to be on top. We are excited about Latoya James coming back in the hurdles tomorrow. We also got a great job from Lindsay Prettyman again with her school record performances in the 800 meters.  Alana Pantale had a busy weekend as well and she will wear her UD colors proudly in her last collegiate performance on Sunday.”

Prettyman, the 2014 CAA 800 and 1,500 meters champion, broke yet another record in her historic career as she ran to a time of 2:08.12 in the trials of the 800 meters to tie for ninth place. However, she did not advance to Sunday’s finals as she missed qualifying by one spot. Georgetown’s Andrea Keklak had the best time in the trials with a clocking of 2:06.11.

Also for the Hens, Idris was 11th in the long jump (17-9.75), Pantale was 14th in the discus (140-3) and 26th in the hammer (153-2), and Gispert, Erlanger, Dickens, and Mazzo ran the 4 x 800 meter relay in 9:09.86.

On Sunday, in addition to James’ competing in the 100 meter hurdles finals, Kelsey Evancho competes in the high jump at 10 a.m., Paige Morris takes part in the triple jump at 11 a.m., and Pantale sees action in the shot put at 12:30.  

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Delaware Finishers:
7th Place - Latoya James, 100m hurdles trials (14.04)
9th Place - Lindsay  Prettyman, 800m trials (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
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)

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