BOSTON, Mass. – The moment that all the hard work and dedication pays off can be an emotional one for student-athletes and coaches.

That’s exactly what happened with the University of Delaware track & field program, who won two ECAC titles and broke three school records en route to a top-10 showing at the ECAC Championships in Boston this weekend.

“As a coach, this weekend was emotional for me. To see the progress that these girls made this season and over the years, to see it pay off with these performances, it’s powerful. These are such positive and memorable experiences for all of us,” head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith said. “I’m incredibly grateful to work with these incredibly talented student-athletes and coaches.”

After Ashley Bailey won the pole vault on Saturday and the 4x800 meter relay set a new school record, senior Liz McGroarty made her splash on Sunday in the mile run.

The Glen Mills, Pa. native had already set the school record in the 800m and the 1000m earlier this winter, this time she etched her name at the top of the mile list with a record-breaking run of 4:43.62, good for the Blue Hens’ second title of the meet.

The 4x800 meter relay of Michaela MeyerSusanna WeirCarly Pettipaw and Angie Spadaccini from Saturday upped their game once again, breaking their one-day old record with a time of 8:54.17, good for second place in the event.

Junior Jeannette Bendolph landed a top-10 finish in the 800m to round out the meet for Delaware.

“To win two titles against such a highly competitive field is a big deal, not only were we competing against all of Division I teams on the east coast, but we were able to compete against our CAA rivals as well. As we prepare for the spring and future championships, I’m very excited to see us set new standards and contend for conference titles,” McFarlance-Smith said.

The Blue Hens will now shift to the outdoor track when they open up the season on Saturday, March 17 at the Maryland Invitational.