ANNAPOLIS, Md.   --  First place finishes by Latoya James in the 60 meter hurdles and by Lindsay Prettyman in the 3,000 meters highlighted the day for the University of Delaware women’s indoor track & field team as the Blue Hens opened up their 2014 season with a solid showing at the Navy Indoor Invitational at Wesley Brown Field House Thursday evening.

“We had a good season opener,” said Blue Hens head coach Wendy McFarlane. “Coming back from the winter holidays has always been a struggle for us, however, the results are where they need to be at this point in the season. We definitely have a strong group of talented ladies going forward.”

Delaware captured three victories in the dual meet setting, defeating Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison 297-211, Maryland Eastern Shore 337-129, and Mt. St. Mary’s 339-122. Host Navy upended Delaware by a 312-243 margin.

James and Prettyman each qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in March with their winning times as James posted a time of 8.77 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles and Prettyman covered the 3,000 meters in a clocking of 9:54.69. James also placed second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.95 seconds.

Overall, Delaware collected 11 top three finishes and 19 top five finishes during the meet.  Kelsey Evancho posted a second place finish in the high jump (5-5) and was sixth in the long jump (16-5).

Placing third for the Hens was Paige Charles-Thomson in the 200 meters (26.19), Alexandra Carroll in the 500 meters (1:17.82), Michele Lambert in the mile (5:04.77), Courtney Markow in the pole vault (10-10), Hannah Pepper in the triple jump (35-5 3/4), Monica Hagenauer in the weight throw (45-2 1/4), the 4 x 400 meter relay team (4:10.39), and the distance medley relay of Prettyman, Lambert, Shanel Dickens, and Mellissa Mazzo (12:33.17).

Delaware will return to action next Friday, Jan. 11 when the Blue Hens travel to New York City to take part in the Great Dane Invitational hosted by the University at Albany at The Armory.


Team Scoring:

Delaware def. James Madison, 297-211
Delaware def. UMES, 337-129
Delaware def. Mt. St. Mary’s, 339-122
Navy def. Delaware, 312-243

Top 10 Delaware Finishers:
1st Place - Lindsay  Prettyman, 3,000m (9:54.69; ECAC Qualifier); Latoya James, 60m hurdles (8.77; ECAC Qualifier)
2nd Place - Latoya James, 60m (7.95); Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-5)
3rd Place - Paige Charles-Thomson, 200m (26.19); Alexandra Carroll, 500m (1:17.82); Michele Lambert, Mile (5:04.77); 4 x 400m Relay, 4:10.39; Distance Medley Relay (Mellissa Mazzo, Shanel Dickens, Lindsay Prettyman, Michele Lambert), 12:33.17; Courtney Markow, pole vault (10-10); Hannah Pepper, triple jump (35-5 3/4); Monica Hagenauer, weight throw (45-2 1/4)
4th Place - Shanel Dickson, 500m (1:19.06); Katrina Steenkamer, Mile (5:08.81)
5th Place - Chelsi Campbell, 200m (26.26); Emily Gispert, 3,000m (10:30.63); Melanie Macchiaverna, high jump (5-1); Nicole Filion, pole vault (10-10); Monica Hagenauer, shot put (40-0 1/2)
6th Place- Nicole Daly, 3,000m (10:31.34); 4 x 400m Relay (Adeola Togun, Paige Thomsons-Charles, Megan Crowley, Madison Powel), 4:22.041; Distance Medley Relay (Alyssa Kennedy, Hannah Pepper, Emily Gispert, Katrina Steenkamer), 12:55.28; Hannah Pepper, high jump (4-11); Megan Crowley, high jump (4-11); Haley Gorenflo, pole vault (10-4); Kelsey Evancho, long jump (16-5); Irene Cedano, shot put (36-1 1/4); Courtney Sniscak, weight throw (42-4);
7th Place - Adeola Togun, 200m (26.36); 4 x 400m Relay (Gabrielle Alaimo, Betsy Erlanger, Melissa Talley, Jessica Olsen, 4:29.66; Alexis Gligor, pole vault (10-4)
8th Place - Breanna Nicholson, 500m (1:20.91); Megan Crowley, 60m hurdles (9.60); Victoria Goral, pole vault (9-4 1/4); Tyler Jackson, long jump (15-9 3/4); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (34-2 3/4); Spencer Nendza, triple jump (34-10 1/2); 9th Place - Betsy Erlanger, 1,000m (3:06.79); Leslie Ope, 60m  hurdles (9.78)
9th Place - Irene Cedano, weight throw (40-6 1/4)
10th Place - Tyler Jackson, 200m (26.67), high jump (4-9 1/4)