Cavaliers Qualify for ECAC Meet
April 14, 2007
Four Cavaliers qualified individually for the ECAC Championships today while helping the women’s team emerge victorious at the Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. In addition, both women’s relays hit ECAC qualifying standards while winning their events in a rainy day at their host track. Katie Tershel won the triple jump with a season-best leap while Janine Ricci and Keshia Ashe both finished second overall but were the top collegiate runners in the 1500 and 100 hurdles, respectively. Amy Bilmanis took runner-up honors in the discus, throwing a season-best mark while qualifying for ECACs.
Tershel leapt over 12 meters for the first time in 2007, hitting 12.03 (39′ 5.75″) on her second jump in the finals. She was the only competitor to hit 12 meters in the meet, just edging past teammate and All-American Tomika Ferguson, who finished second in 11.87m (38′ 11.5″). Tershel also took second in the long jump with her 5.66m (18′ 7″) while teammate Bianca Debartolo was fourth (5.58m, 18′ 3.75″).
Meghan Briggs improved her NCAA regional qualifying mark in the javelin as she won the event with a season-best 145′ 10″ (44.45m) with her first throw of the day. DeBartolo finished third at 39.82m (130′ 8″). Bilmanis qualified for the ECAC meet with her 43.27m (141′ 11″), her best throw of the season which came on her second throw of finals. Rob Rankin hit his season-best in the shot put, tossing a 15.45m (50′ 8.25″) and taking third overall. Alexa Manning took second in the shot, tossing a 13.31m (43 ` 8″).
Both the men’s and the women’s 4×4 teams won their events today; the women came through in 3:49.31, qualifying for the ECAC meet. The men won in 3:19.39. The women’s 4×1 team also qualified for the ECAC meet, running a 46.37. All three relay marks are season-bests for the Cavaliers.
Janine Ricci, who holds one of the top times nationally in the steeplechase, qualified for the ECAC meet in the 1500, running a season-best 4:34.22. She led a charge that saw Virginia finish 2-3-5-6 overall with Huma Husain, Jen Dolson, and Lauretta Dezubay right behind her. Both Dolson and Dezubay hit PRs in the race. Teammate Susan Brooks also ran a PR, winning the 800m with her 2:11.93. Virginia also fared well in the two-lapper, finishing 1-3-4-5. Alex Bowman took third in the men’s event, running a Virginia season-best time 1:54.33 and taking fifth.
Talia Wise led a strong sprint corps with two season-best times in the 100m (12.19) and the 200m (24.95); she finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 200m. Teammate Janne’a Bridgeford just edged her in the 100, taking second in 12.10. Tiffany Roberts ran a team-best 56.72 and took third overall in the 400; Kellen Blassingame also ran the team’s best quarter this season, finishing as the top collegiate athlete and second overall with his 48.68. Reuben Jones finished third in the 100m and second in the 200 to lead the men’s short sprints crew.
Keshia Ashe was the top collegiate finisher in the short hurdles as she ran a personal-best 14.44, qualifying for the ECAC meet in the process. Teammate Ayla Smith was third, missing the ECAC standard by .05. All-American Erin Crawford won the intermediate hurdles, running a 58.68 and was the only person to run below one minute.
In the men’s vertical jumps, Jeff McClurg took second in the pole vault and Arty Gennari took third in the high jump. On the women’s side, Katie Darraugh took second (3.20m, 10′ 6″) while Kathryn Pettine took third (3.05m, 10′ 0″).
WOMEN’S RESULTS: 100m: Bridgeford, 12.10, 2nd; Wise, 12.19, 3rd; 200m: Wise, 24.95, 4th; 400m: Roberts, 56.72, 3rd; 800m: Brooks, 2:11.93, 1st; Sloan, 2:12.96, 3rd; Light, 2:12.26, 4th; Casscells, 2:14.25, 5th; 1500m: Ricci, 4:34.22, 2nd, ECACQ; Husain, 4:37.35, 3rd; Dolson, 4:39.49, 5th; Dezubay, 4:40.73, 6th; Ginnow, 4:44.51; Klein, 5:01.12; 100HH: Ashe, 14.44, 2nd, ECACQ; Smith, 14.49, 3rd; DeBartolo, 14.81, 5th; Moen, 15.10, 7th; Forsyth, 15.31; 400IH: Crawford, 58.68, 1st; Smith, 1:01.31, 3rd; Moen, 1:02.89, 5th; Ashe, 1:04.04, 7th; Forsyth, 1:08.76; 4×1: 46.37, 1st, ECACQ; 4×4:3:49.31, 1st, ECACQ; PV: Darraugh, 10′ 6″, 2nd; Pettine, 10′ 0″, 3rd; LJ: Tershel, 18′ 7″, 2nd; DeBartolo, 18′ 3.75″, 4th; TJ: Tershel, 39′ 5.75″, 1st, ECACQ; Ferguson, 38′ 11.5″, 2nd; SP: Manning, 43′ 8″, 2nd; Disc: Bilmanis, 141′ 11″, 2nd; Manning, 128′ 6″, 7th; Kelly, 123′ 6″ HT: Bilmanis, 152′ 8″, 4th; Jav: Briggs, 145′ 10″, 1st; DeBartolo, 130′ 8″, 3rd
MEN’S RESULTS: 100m: Jones, 10.72, 3rd; Lee, 11.20; Janneh, 11.97; 200m: Jones, 22.06, 2nd; Lee, 22.46, 5th; Sherrill, 23.48; 400m: Blassingame, 48.68, 2nd; Sherrill, 50.69; 800m:Bowman, 1:54.33, 5th; Frames, 1:57.02; 1500m: Fletcher, 3:59.11, 4th; Clark, 4:04.00; Howick, 4:13.56; Murphy, 4:13.77; 1500m Invite: Foerster, 3:44.68, 1st, IC4AQ; McHale, 3:44.84, 2nd; IC4AQ; Jesien, 3:46.53, 3rd, IC4AQ; Tschirhart, 3:48.01, 4th; 5000m: Gutridge, 15:21.39, 4th; 110HH: Robinson, 15.87; 4×1: 43.88; 4×4: 3:19.39, 1st; HJ: Gennari, 6′ 4.75″, 3rd; PV: McClurg, 14′ 3.25″, 2nd; LJ: Parker, 19′ 11.75″ Jones, 19′ 7.5″ SP: Rankin, 50′ 8.25″, 3rd; Pickle, 48′ 3.5″, 7th; Disc: Pickle, 139′ 5″ Hamm: Rankin, 149′ 5″ Galle, 147′ 0″