Feb. 19, 2014
Patriot League Championships Central | Live Results
The Boston University men's and women's track & field teams will compete at the Patriot League Championships this weekend at Bucknell's Gerhard Fieldhouse. The three-day meet begins on Friday.
The championships get underway on Friday with the women's pentathlon and the first four events in the men's heptathlon. The action continues on Saturday with the conclusion of the heptathlon as well as the men and women's weight throw, long jump and high jump, as well as finals in the 5,000m runs and 4x800m relays. The championships will conclude on Sunday with 22 track finals as well as pole vault, triple jump and shot put.
BU was picked to finish third on both sides in its Patriot League debut. Both teams received at least one first-place vote in the preseason poll. Navy claimed the men's crown last year while Bucknell won the women's title.
The Terriers have the top Patriot League mark in six different events on the men's side. Senior Rich Peters owns three of those top performances, two of which are school records. He set the new BU standard in the 3,000m run (7:52.61) and the mile (3:57.27) and was 0.25 seconds off the school record in the 1,000m run (2:22.71). Those record times in the mile and 3,000m run each rank sixth in the NCAA.
Senior Stuart Ross leads the conference in the 800m run with a time of 1:50.63 and is also fourth in the 500m dash (1:04.65). Freshman Ethan Homan is second in the 800m run (1:51.07) while senior Ben Ravetz ranks second in the mile (4:07.70) and sophomore Kevin Thomas owns the third-fastest 5,000m time (14:26.12) in the league.
The men will contend in all the sprint events and boast the top male in the 60m dash, freshman Justin Flynn. His time of 6.82 seconds at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational is one of just four times under seven seconds. Flynn is fourth in the 200m dash (21.66) behind classmate Cameron Williams, who is third in the league thanks to his time of 21.65 seconds at this past Saturday's Scarlet and White Invitatonal.
Sophomore David Lagerberg is fourth in the 200m dash (21.70) and is second in the 400m dash (48.27). He was also part of the Terriers' top 4x400m relay performance this season. That time of 3:16.74 is fourth-best in the conference entering the weekend.
Senior Blake Edwards is the other Terrier male atop a Patriot League leaderboard this season thanks to his mark of 7.08 meters in the long jump. Sophomore Reuben Horace is third in the weight throw (18.76m), senior Connor Sullivan is second in the high jump (2.04m), junior Nikolaos Farmakidis has the third-best mark in the pole vault (4.90m) and junior Ethan Knight ranks sixth in the shot put (15.66m). Senior Nat Hinckley is second in the heptathlon (4705) going into the championships.
The women's team boasts nine of the top marks in the conference entering this weekend. Two Terriers own multiple top times, including sophomore Christy Wood. She has the fastest time in both the 200m (24.45) and the 400m (55.72) dash. Senior Rosa Moriello is the Patriot League leader in the 3,000m (9:19.83) and the 5,000m (16:25.53) run.
Sophomore Jade Paul has the best 500m dash time at 1:13.89 and is one of a handful of Terrier sprinters expected to fare well at Bucknell. Junior Gemma Acheampong is second at 60 meters (7.60) while Wood is third in that event (7.70). Acheampong (24.76) and senior Carolyn Maynard (24.79) are second and third, respectively, in the 200m dash while Maynard also owns the second-best time at 400 meters (55.73). Freshman Toria Levy (56.45) ranks fifth in the 400m dash and BU has seven of the top 10 times in that event.
In addition to individual success in the sprints, the Terriers' 4x400m relay team is favored to win this weekend. The foursome of Paul, Wood, Levy and freshman Djenne Parris own the school-record time of 3:42.49 that was set this past Saturday at the Scarlet and White Invitational.
Four of the top mid-distance and distance marks are held by BU athletes, beginning with Moriello's 3,000m and 5,000m times. Senior Janelle Jorgensen is the leader in the 800m run (2:12.71) while senior Monica Adler made her mark with a conference-best time of 4:37.97 in the mile this past Saturday.
Junior Tessa Runels is the conference leader in the triple jump with a leap of 11.95 meters. She is also tied for fourth with senior Hannah Wiley in the long jump (5.52m). Senior Sarah Dillard ranks fourth in the weight throw (16.32m) and fifth in the shot put (13.05m). Sophomore Catherine Sampson is third in the pentathlon with a score of 3305.
Following this weekend's meet, BU will host the New England Championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Track and Tennis Center.