Aizenstadt, McKenna Win at Jay Carisella Invitational
Dec. 3, 2011
Boston – Junior Taylor Aizenstadt cleared 1.68 meters (5-6.0 ft.) to win the high jump and classmate Erin McKenna claimed the half mile by a several strides in 2:16.83 as the Boston College track and field teams kicked-off the 2011-12 indoor season at the Jay Carisella Invitational hosted by Northeastern University on Saturday.
The high jump proved to be BC’s most successful event of the day, as graduate Jon Bogosian took second for the men with a height of 1.98-meters (6-6.0 ft.) and freshman Kristen McDonagh finished in third on jumps behind a mark of 1.63 meters (5-4.25 ft.) in her first collegiate meet. McDonagh competed in the 55-meter hurdles as well, winning heat three of the qualifying round in 8.90 to advance to the finals where she took 7th in 9.04.
Sophomores Joseph Stuart and Margaret O’Dea also contested multiple events. O’Dea set a personal record of 7.43 in the opening round of the 55-meter dash and finished third in the final at 7.46, before returning for a fourth place finish in the 200-meter at 26.31. Stuart led the men’s side with a sixth place showing in the quarter mile (51.00), was 11th in the 200-meter (23.36) and led off for the 4x400-meter relay that narrowly took third in 3:25.36.
2010 All-ACC member Kelsey Huckins earned two top-three places in her return to the circle for the first time since last year’s Jay Carisella. The senior launched the shot put 12.70 meters (41-8.0 ft.) to take second and stretched the weight throw 16.67 meters (54-8.25 ft.) for third.
Freshman Kim McDonagh made her collegiate debut with a second place standing in the long jump. The Greater Latrobe, Pa. native soared to 5.16 meters (16-11.25 ft.).
Classmate Kathy O’Keefe was edged at the line of the 1,000-meter run, taking second in 2:56.00. Sophomore Alanna Poretta came around in 3:04.94 for fourth. Pat Daly inaugurated his college career with a fifth place outing in 2:34.82 on the men’s side.
In the 500-meter sprint, freshmen Elissa Knight and Marissa Horton won their respective heats to claim third and fourth place overall with times of 1:20.08 and 1:20.74. Sophomore Jack Hennessy led the men with a ninth place finish in 1:06.30, before pairing up with Stuart, Kellen MacDonald and Brian Smith in the 4x400.
Senior Heather Garcia set a PR in the 3000-meter run, pacing the Eagles with a 10:05.92 for third place.
Sophomore Shane Constantine established a new personal-best of 4:40.38 to lead BC in the mile.
The Eagles will be off until the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, Jan. 8, in Hanover, N.H.