March 26, 2012
BOSTON - The Boston College women's track & field team registered five victories at the Husky Spring Open at Solomon Track on Saturday. Claire Bingham, Bridget Dahlberg, Kelsey Huckins, Erin McKenna and Molly O'Dea topped their respective fields to open the outdoor season with wins.
Huckins's discus leading mark of 47.34 meters (155-4.0 ft.) was BC's only ECAC qualifier of the day. The senior also had one of the Eagles eight New England qualifying standards, recording a distance of 47.44 meters (155-8.0 ft.) for sixth place in the hammer throw.
O'Dea bested 54 competitors in the 200-meter dash with a 25.53 clip, a New England standard. The Hingham, Mass. native also turned in a fifth place performance in the 100 meters, hitting the line in 12.66. Senior Rory Cellucci took 10th on the straightaway in 13-flat.
McKenna topped 45 competitors in the 1,500. The Wyckoff, N.J. native paced the field in 4:37.50, securing the first of three New England standards from BC in the race. Senior Heather Garcia finished in third at 4:39.83, followed immediately by freshman Kathy O'Keefe in 4:40.33. Sophomore Alanna Poretta took sixth in 4:50.74, but did not meet the regional qualifying time.
Bingham claimed the 400-meter hurdles title. The sophomore from Geyserville, Calif. ran a New England qualifying mark of 1:05.01.
Dahlberg led an Eagles sweep in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The junior navigated the track in 10:55.39, followed by sophomores Morgan Mueller in 10:57.19 in second and Jacqueline Pollack in the third at 11:46.62. Dahlberg and Mueller's times were both New England qualifying marks.
Junior Taylor Aizenstadt cleared 1.62 meters (5-3.75 ft.) in the high jump, tying for second place on attempts. Freshman Marissa Horton took eighth in the half mile competition, running a 2:25.01. Classmate Elissa Knight also had an eight place showing, turning in a 1:02.16 in the quarter mile. Rookie Kim McDonagh took ninth in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.38.
The Eagles will be off until traveling to California for the Stanford Invitational from April 6-7.