BOSTON, Mass.  --   University of Delaware track & field standouts Latoya James and Lindsay Prettyman led the way for the Blue Hens once again Saturday as each finished second in her preliminary race to lead UD at the first day of the 38th annual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.

James won her heat and had the second best overall time in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.61 seconds and Prettyman won her heat and also finished second overall in the preliminaries in the mile run with a time of 4:51.47. In addition to those performances, Michele Lambert posted the second fastest time in the 5,000 meters in school history to place 13th overall.

Both James and Prettyman now advance to the final Sunday with James scheduled to compete at 12:10 p.m. and Prettyman at 12:45 p.m. James finished second overall in the 60 meter hurdles to earn All-East honors a year ago while Prettyman is competing in the mile after placing second overall in the 1,000 meters in 2013 to also earn All-East recognition. Also competing on Sunday will be the Delaware distance medley relay team.

Delaware had six other student-athletes compete on Saturday and posted three other top 20 finishes.

The Delaware 4 x 400 meter relay team of Breanna Nicholson, Toresha Foster, Kelley Donovan, and Chelsi Campbell placed 12th overall with a time of 3:49.90 but did not advance to Sunday’s finals.

Lambert won her heat and was 13th overall in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:11.51, Betsy Erlanger placed 18th in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:56.15, Monica Hagenauer was 20th in the weight throw (50-0), and Foster also competed in the 400 meters but did not finish.

Lambert’s time in the 5,000 meters was a personal best and the second fastest mark by a Delaware runner in school history, bettered only by a time of 17:03.28 by the late Kim Mitchell in 1985. Mitchell was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

“We had some very good performances today,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “Lindsay Prettyman and Latoya James advanced with ease through the preliminary rounds, setting themselves up well for the finals tomorrow. Michele Lambert had a stellar performance with a personal best to win her heat, running the fastest time by a Blue Hen in 29 years. The team showed strength in the way they competed today. We are looking forward to some more good performances tomorrow.”


Delaware Finishers:
2nd Place - Lindsay Prettyman, mile preliminaries (4:51.47); Latoya James, 60m hurdles preliminaries (8.61)  
12th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Breanna Nicholson, Toresha Foster, Kelley Donovan, Chelsi Campbell), 3:49.90
13th Place - Michele Lambert, 5,000m (17:11.51)
18th Place - Betsy Erlanger, 1,000m (2:56.15)
20th Place - Monica Hagenauer, weight throw (50-0)
32nd Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (did not finish)