Delaware Posts Three All-East Performances at Final Day of ECAC Track & Field Championships
BOSTON -- The University of Delaware closed out another outstanding performance at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships Sunday as the Blue Hens earned All-East honors in three different events on the way to a top 20 team finish at the three-day meet held at Boston University.
Junior Liz McGroarty (Garnet Valley/Glen Mills, Pa.) led the way for the Hens with two All-East citations as she placed third in the mile run with a personal best time of 4:50.44 and teamed with sophomore Jeanette Bendolph (Caesar Rodney/Camden, Del.), junior Angie Spadaccini (Padua/Wilmington, Del.), and senior Betsy Erlanger (Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh, Pa.) to shatter the UD record in the 4 x 800 meter relay (8:57.32) for the second straight day and post a fourth place showing.
Also for the Hens, junior Sarah Hillman (Polytech/Dover, Del.) earned All-East honors for the third straight year as she placed third in the shot put with a toss of 48-4.5.
“We have more work to do to prepare for our spring championship but we are definitely heading in the right direction,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith. “It is remarkable to compete among the top teams in the East and achieve all ECAC performances. I am very proud of our individual and team effort this weekend.”
Despite ending a streak of three straight years with an ECAC individual champion, the Hens did post All-East performances (top eight) for the 11th straight year.
Also for the Hens on Sunday, the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Carolyn Darr, Carly Pettipaw, Nadia Khoury, and London Freeland placed ninth in the finals with a time of 3:49.90 and the distance medley relay foursome of Ciara Murphy, Haley Berkeley, Michaela Meyer, and Ilana Schnaufer finished 18th with a time of 12:13.08.
Albany took the team championship from among 43 teams and was followed by Liberty, Monmouth, James Madison, and Connecticut in the top five. Delaware placed 18th with 17 points.
The meet ended the indoor track & field season for the Blue Hens. Delaware will open the 2017 outdoor campaign March 17 at the University of Maryland Invitational.
Final Team Standings: 1. Albany- 62; 2. Liberty- 54; 3. Monmouth - 48; 4. James Madison - 46 5. Connecticut - 44; 6. Rutgers - 38; 7. Boston University - 33; 8. William & Mary - 28; 9. Elon - 23; 10. Saint Joseph’s - 22.......18. Delaware - 17;......43. Lafayette - 2.
3rd Place - Liz McGroarty, mile (4:50.44/All-East); Sarah Hillman, shot put (48-4.5/All-East)
4th Place - 4 x 800m Relay (Jeanette Bendolph, Angie Spadaccini, Betsy Erlanger, Liz McGroarty), 8:57.32 (UD Record/All-East)
9th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Carolyn Darr, Carly Pettipaw, Nadia Khoury, London Freeland), 3:49.90; Ashley Bailey, pole vault (11-9.75)
15th Place - London Freeland, 400m (57.43/did not advance to finals)
17th Place - Carly Pettipaw, 800m (2:13.20/did not advance)
18th Place - Distance Medley Relay (Ciara Murphy, Haley Berkeley, Michaela Meyer, Ilana Schnaufer), 12:13.08
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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