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King's 3K is NCAA Qualifier, Second Fastest Time in BC History

Jan. 28, 2012

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BOSTON – Senior Jillian King highlighted a stupendous outing by the Boston College women’s track and field team at the BU Terrier Invitational on Friday night. The Scotia, N.Y. native delivered the Eagles’ first NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 3,000 meter run with a 9:12.51 clip, the second fastest in school history. King’s mark was just 1.26 seconds shy of the BC record set by Shannon Smith during her 2001 race for a national championship, the first-and-only by an Eagle.

BC produced a total of three more ECAC and one New England qualifying standard in the 3K contest. Graduate Hope Krause turned in a 10th place showing with a 9:36.02, followed by senior Heather Garcia in 15th at 9:47.77 and junior Elizabeth O’Brien in 20th at 9:53.46. Third-year Moira Kenny posted the New England (NEICCCA) mark of 10:17.83.

In the half mile, sophomore Erin McKenna and freshman Kathy O’Keefe dipped below the ECAC provisions. McKenna claimed ninth in 2:13.62, while O’Keefe took 11th in 2:14.19.

First-year Liv Westphal led Boston College in the mile competition, her first collegiate track race, with an ECAC mark of 4:51.86 for eighth place. Junior Allison Stasiuk and senior Madeline Wallace reached the NEICCCA meet with a 5:01.17 and 5:03.45, respectively.

BC’s final ECAC qualifier came from senior Kelsey Huckins in the weight throw. A toss of 16.20 meters (53-1.75 ft.) awarded the Westmoreland, N.H. product sixth place overall.

A trio of sophomores added three more NEICCCA standards came on the track. Margaret O’Dea established a new personal best of 25.79 in the 200 meter dash. Claire Bingham hit the tape in 58.77 in the 400 meter contest. Alanna Poretta finished the 1000 meter run in 3:02.87.

In the pit, junior Taylor Aizenstadt earned third place by clearing 1.65 meters (5-5.0 ft.) and freshman Kim McDonagh took sixth on attempts with the same height.

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