Delaware Women Capture Five Events at Princeton Invitational; Hillman Sets Shot Put Mark
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The University of Delaware women’s indoor track & field squad enjoyed a successful appearance at the Princeton Invitational Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens won five events, posted five ECAC qualifying marks, and set a school record at Princeton’s Jadwin Gym.
Delaware, competing in its final event of the regular season, had five first place finishes and 12 other top five finishes to complete an impressive day in the non-scoring meet. Highlighting the day for the Hens was a record-setting shot put throw by junior Sarah Hillman, who won the event with a toss of 50-feet, 8-inches, breaking her own mark of 49-5.5 set last season.
“The team had some great performances today,”said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith. “I am very pleased with our progression this season and look forward to even better results at the ECAC Championship.”
Hillman registered her third shot put title of the indoor season as she threw the shot put 50-feet, 8-inches to take first place and also earn a spot in the post-season Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Boston on March 4-5. She also placed fifth in the weight throw with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 52-8.
Also bringing home first place finishes at the meet were London Freeland in the 400 meters (57.60), Jeanette Bendolph (above left) in the 800 meters (2:12.35), Liz McGroarty in the 1,00 meters (2:51.65), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Bendolph, Leslie Ope, Sofia Janotti, and Nadia Khoury (4:01.03). Bendolph and McGroarty also qualified for the ECAC meet with their winning times.
Posting second place finishes were Oliva Goncerz in triple jump (36-2), Andriene Rose in the long jump (17-9.5), Ashley Bailey in the pole vault (11-9.75), Carolyn Darr, in the 400 meters (58.25), and Maame Kyeadea-Amponsah in the 500 meters (1:19.02)
Rose also earned the Hens’ fifth ECAC qualifying time of the meet as her time of 7.72 in the preliminaries fell under the mark. She went on to place third in the finals in the event.
Delaware will take next week off from competition in preparation for the ECAC Championships.
No Team Scoring
Top 10 Delaware Finishers:
1st Place - Sarah Hillman, shot put (50-8/ECAC Qualifier; UD Record); London Freeland, 400m (57.60); Jeanette Bendolph, 800m (2:12.35/ECAC Qualifier); Liz McGroarty, 1,000m (2:51.65/ECAC Qualifier); 4 x 400m Relay (Maame Kyeadea-Amponsah, Tyler Jackson, Anisa Fortt, Sofia Janotti), 4:01.03
2nd Place - Oliva Goncerz, triple jump (36-2); Andriene Rose, long jump (17-9.5); Ashley Bailey, pole vault (11-9.75); Carolyn Darr, 400m (58.25); Maame Kyeadea-Amponsah, 500m (1:19.02)
3rd Place - Nadia Khoury, high jump (5-3); Andriene Rose, 60m (7.79/ECAC Qualifier, 7.72 in prelims); Carly Pettipaw, 800m (2:15.83); Carolyn Darr, 200m (26.26)
4th Place - Ashley Bailey, long jump (17-6.25); Jade Francis, shot put (42-3.25); Tyler Jackson, 60m (7.93); Angie Spadaccini, 800m (2:18.48); Leslie Ope, 200m (26.38)
5th Place - Leslie Ope, 60m hurdles (8.87); Tyler Jackson, 200m (26.42); Sarah Hillman, weight throw (52-8/ECAC Qualifier)
6th Place - Nadia Khoury, long jump (17-2); Carlyn McGrath, 60m hurdles (9.17); Isis Pinkney, 60m (10.30); Ciara Murphy, 800m (2:21.21)
7th Place - Sofia Janotti, long jump (16-11.5); Oliva Goncerz, 60m hurdles (9.38); London Freeland, 200m (27.11); Betsy Erlanger, 1,000m (3:01.15); Analise Kaminski, 3,000m (10:32.61); Irene Cedano, weight throw (45-8)
8th Place - Anisa Fortt, triple jump (32-7); Ilana Schnaufer, mile (5:10.01); Stephanie Bazan, 3,000m (10:39.10)
9th Place - Jennifer Hineman, pole vault (10-6); Olivia Goncerz, long jump (16-8.75)
10th Place - Rachel Moroknek, pole vault (10-0)
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