BOSTON -- Lindsay Prettyman and Latoya James (at right) each earned All-East honors with second place finishes, Michele Lambert set a school record in the 3,000 meters, and the University of Delaware posted its highest team finish in school history as the Blue Hens closed out competition at the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships Sunday at Boston University.
Prettyman placed second in the 1,000 meter run and James also placed second in the 60 meter hurdles with a school-record tying time to earn big points for the Blue Hens.
Delaware placed 14th overall in the team standings with 17 points, marking the team’s highest finish ever and its first top 20 showing since the 2009 squad placed 16th in head coach Wendy McFarlane’s first season.
The second place finishes for Prettyman and James marked the second straight season that the Hens had an ECAC runner-up. Vicki Caruso, who sat out this indoor season to prepare for the spring campaign, earned All-East honors in 2012 when she placed second in the 200 meters.
Prettyman (at left), who broke her own record in the 1,000 meters in Saturday’s preliminaries with a time of 2:50.63, posted a runner-up finish Sunday as she covered the 1,000 meters in 2:51.50, falling just over a second behind winner Julie McGilpin of Vermont who finished in a time of 2:50.75.
James earned All-East honors for the second straight year and improved upon last season’s fifth place finish. After finishing second in the preliminaries and second in the semifinals on Saturday, James came through in second place again Sunday with a time of 8.47, tying her own school record she set on Saturday. Breanna Norman of Hampton won the championship race with a time of 8.25.
Delaware also competed in three other events on Sunday as Lambert finished 15th in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:51.33, Alana Pantale recorded a 20th place showing in the shot put (47-7 1/4), and the distance medley relay team of Rachel Wasserman, Chelsi Campbell, Shanel Dickens, and Katrina Steenkamer placed 22nd with a time of 12:17.92.
Lambert broke the Delaware record in the 3,000 meters that had stood for over a decade as she bested the standard of 9:52.63 established by Aimee Alexander in 2002.
The meet concluded the indoor season for the Blue Hens. The Delaware outdoor track & field season will begin March 14-16 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
Final Team Standings: 1. Connecticut - 60.5 2. George Mason - 48; 3. Hampton - 40; 4. Albany - 35; 5. Cornell - 32, St. John’s - 32, UMES - 32; 8. Rutgers - 24, Syracuse - 24; 10. William & Mary - 23; 11. Harvard - 20; 12. Holy Cross - 19, Dartmouth - 19; 14. Delaware - 17, Sacred Heart - 17; 16. Army - 16, Fordham - 16, Boston College - 16, James Madison - 16, Vermont - 16.....51. Navy, VMI, Quinnipiac - 1.
2nd Place - Lindsay Prettyman, 1,000m (2:51.50 - All-East); Latoya James 60m hurdles (8.47 - All-East; School Record)
8th Place - Paige Morris, triple jump (39-5 1/4)
11th Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Toresha Foster, Nijah Dupiche, Chelsi Campbell, Michele Simmons), 3:46.79
13th Place - Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-6); Amira Idris, triple jump (38-4 3/4)
15th Place - Michele Lambert, 3,000m (9:51.33; School Record)
18th Place - Emily Gispert, 1,000m (2:59.25)
20th Place - Courtney Markow, pole vault (no height); Alana Pantale, shot put (41-7 1/4); Nijah Dupiche, 400m (56.03)
21st Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (56.04)
22nd Place - Distance Medley Relay (Rachel Wasserman, Chelsi Campbell, Shanel Dickens, Katrina Steenkamer), 12:17.92
30th Place - Alana Pantale, weight throw (44-2)