Huckins Leads WT&F at BU Valentine Invitational
Feb. 11, 2012
BOSTON - Senior Kelsey Huckins dialed in a 20-lb. weight toss distance of 16.72 meters (54-10.25 ft.) to post one of four ECAC qualifying standards by the Boston College women's track & field team at the BU Valentine Invitational on Friday night. The mark was the Westmoreland, N.H. native's furthest of the year and earned her fifth place, the highest at the meet for the Eagles.
BC's other top 10 finish of the night rested in the spikes of Jillian King. A week removed from posting an NCAA qualifier in the 3,000-meter run, the senior contested mile in 4:44.62 for sixth place. The time was five seconds shy of earning King another NCAA bid, but provided a very strong ECAC mark. Sophomores Alanna Poretta and Morgan Mueller also found success in the eight-lap race. Both posted personal record times, with Poretta submitting a New England standard of 5:02.89 and Mueller finishing in 5:07.43.
Madeline Wallace led the Eagles two ECAC qualifiers in the 800-meter competition. The grad student hit the line in 2:11.93 to finish in 14th overall, seventh among collegians, and junior Erin McKenna ran a season best time of 2:12.13 for 16th overall.
Sophomore Molly O'Dea lowered her personal records with a pair of New England qualifying standards. The Hingham, Mass. product sprinted to a 7.87 in the 60-meter dash and 25.55 in the 200-meter run, taking second and third in her heats respectively.
Classmate Claire Bingham led BC in the quarter mile with a similar feat. Bingham ate up 400-meters of track in a personal best 57.95 to take third in her heat and qualify for the New England meet.
Competing across multiple events were Kim McDonagh and Kristen McDonagh. Kim turned in a 1:01.68 in the 400-meter dash and landed a mark of 4.96 meters (16-3.25 ft.) in the long jump. Kristen ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.66 and cleare 1.58 meters (5-2.25 ft.) in the high jump.
Boston College will not compete again until hosting the ACC Indoor Championship from Feb. 23-25 at the Reggie Lewis Center.