Delaware Taking Large Contingent to ECAC Indoor Championships this Weekend
BOSTON -- University of Delaware women’s indoor track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith will be surrounded by plenty of familiar faces this weekend when the Blue Hens take part in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) indoor championships at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.
The Blue Hens will have 15 student-athletes competing in 10 events during the three-day event that gets underway Friday evening.
Delaware will kick off its competition on Saturday afternoon with junior Sarah Hillman taking part in the 20-lb. weight throw and sophomore Ashley Bailey competing in the pole vault at 3 p.m.
Also for the Blue Hens on Saturday, sophomore Andriene Rose will compete in the 60 meter dash trials at 3:20 p.m., junior Liz McGroarty will run in the mile trials at 3:35 p.m., sophomore London Freeland will compete in the 400 meter trials at 4:15 p.m., and sophomore Jeanette Bendolph and Carly Pettipaw will take part in the 800 meter trials at 4:50 p.m.
The Hens will also take part in the 4 x 800 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay trials later in the afternoon.
On Sunday, Hillman will compete in the shot put at 9:30 a.m., the distance medley relay team will run at 11 a.m., and finals will be held in the 60 meters, mile, 400 meters, 800 meters, 4 x 400 meter relay, and 4 x 800 meter relay for Blue Hens runners who advanced from Saturday’s trials.
Delaware placed 15th out of 44 teams a year ago and had three All-East performances as Amira Idris won the triple jump title, Hillman was third in the shot put, and Bailey was seventh in the pole vault. In addition, Pettipaw was 12th in the 800 meters.
The Blue Hens have now had an individual champion at the ECAC meet three straight years as Latoya James won the 60 meter hurdles in 2014 and Idris won the triple jump title in both 2015 and 2016.
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