Feb. 16, 2012
Schedule of Events
Boston University will host the 2012 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at the BU Track and Tennis Center. The men’s team will look for its first conference crown while the women’s squad will vie for its 12th America East title and fifth with Robyne Johnson at the helm.
The men’s team will feature two athletes who have already set new school records in their respective events. Junior R.J. Page ran the 200m dash in 21.34 seconds, which eclipsed the previous school record of 21.41 seconds, set by Thorb Towles in 1988. Page’s time is tops among conference sprinters.
Sophomore Rich Peters broke his own school mark in the mile run at the Valentine Invitational, posting a time of 3:57.83 to claim first place and qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Bristol, England, native was the Most Outstanding Rookie at last year’s event.
Other athletes on the men’s side who are poised for a big day include senior Joel Senick, who holds the conference’s fastest time at 400m and 500m. Senior Tewado Latty is the defending champion in the 400m dash, while the Terriers will look to defend their 4x800m relay crown.
The women’s team also boasts two athletes who have broken school records this season. Senior Shelby Walton set a new school and facility record in the 60m dash last weekend at the Valentine Invitational with a time of 7.53 seconds. Walton’s classmate, Katie Matthews, smashed the school record in the 5,000m run by 10 seconds, finishing in 15:52.80. Her time qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
Junior Allison Barwise will look to defend her high jump title as well as vie for her third straight pentathlon title. Walton won both the 60m dash and the 200m dash last year, while Matthews won the 5,000m run in 2011.