Viotto Posts Ninth Place Finish in Shot Put to Lead Delaware Track & Field at IC4A Championships
May 15, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of UD Photo Services
PRINCETON, N.J. -- University of Delaware sophomore Vicky Caruso became the Blue Hens’ first individual champion in nearly 20 years Sunday afternoon as she captured the 400 meter dash title to highlight the final day of the IC4A and ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday afternoon at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.
Caruso, a sophomore from Stockholm, N.J. (Walkill Valley High School), was one of seven University of Delaware competitors who took part in the final day of the championships.
The Delaware men also had two competitors at the ICA4 Championships on Sunday as John Viotto (at right) and Tim Byrne both took part in the shot put. The CAA champion in the event, Viotto posted his second Top 10 finish of the meet as he posted a ninth place finish with a toss of 52-8 3/4. He earned All-East honors with an eighth place finish in the discus on Saturday.
Byrne posted a 34th place finish in the shot put with a throw of 48-1 3/4.
The Delaware women placed tied for 28th in the team standings with 10 points. Duke won the team title with 67.75 points followed by Virginia, Connecticut, Albany, Cornell, Syracuse, James Madison, Pittsburgh, Long Island, and Villanova in the top 10.
The Delaware men finished tied for 49th in the overall team standings. Duke won the team title with 74.5 points followed by George Mason, Albany, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Cornell, Connecticut, Army, Liberty, Penn, and Delaware State in the top 10.
Caruso, who also had the top time in Saturday’s preliminaries, continued her outstanding weekend as she captured the 400 meter title with a time of 54.08 on Sunday, storming past Morgan State’s Tanisha Kendrick, who finished second with a time of 54.65. Caruso becomes the first Blue Hen woman to capture an ECAC title since Alicia Giuliano captured the 10,000 meters in 1992.
Already Delaware’s record-holder in the event with a time of 53.87 earlier this season, Caruso won the Colonial Athletic Association 400 meter title earlier this month. She also earns All-East honors thanks to her top eight finish.
Also competing for the Blue Hen women on Sunday was the 4 x 800 relay team, which placed ninth with a time of 9:11.06 to barely miss earning All-East honors. The team of Emily Gispert, Lindsay Prettyman, Jessica Olsen, and Rachel Wasserman ran to a time of 9:11.06 on Sunday after breaking an 18-year old school record with a time of 9:02.16 on Saturday. Duke won the race with a time 8:44.38.
Delaware Men’s Finishers: 9th Place - John Viotto, shot put, (52-8 3/4); 34th Place - Tim Byrne, shot put (48-1 3/4)Back To Men's Outdoor Track Home Men's Outdoor Track Story Archive