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Steeplechase Alters Record Book, Brings Big Points on Day Two of ACC T&F Championship




April 20, 2012

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Charlottesville, Va. - The 3,000-meter steeplechase produced four top five marks in school history and 12 points for the Boston College track & field team and Madeline Wallace, Liv Westphal, Caroline King all advanced to their respective finals on day two of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Lannigan Field.

Jordan Hamm put the Eagles in the scoring column with a fifth place finish (4 pts.) in the steeplechase. The junior's 9:03.51, IC4A qualifier was a six-second personal record and moved him up from eighth to fifth on BC's all-time performance list. The native of Java Center, N.Y. toppled his previous season-best by 20 seconds, marking the fastest 3K steeplechase at BC since Todd Renehan posted an 8:53.29 in 1983.

The women's steeplechase also rewrote the BC record book, as Jillian King, Bridget Dahlberg and Morgan Mueller smashed personal records to record top four times in school history. J. King led the unit with a fifth place outing (4 pts.) in 10:14.59, second fastest in the program ledger. Dahlberg followed in sixth (3 pts.) with a 16-second PR of 10:14.59, third best ever at the Heights. Mueller came in eighth (1 pt.) with an 11-second best at 1:33.42, fifth fastest in BC history. Each of the times were ECAC standards.

Both Wallace and Westphal automatically qualified for the 1,500-meter final. Wallace became the first Eagle to move on when she bettered her ECAC qualifier to 4:29.17 in the second heat of the 1,500-meter run. The graduate student took second and will be joined by freshman Liv Westphal in the finals on Saturday at 2 p.m. Westphal claimed third out of a third section that was separated by only 43-hundreths of a second. In her first attempt at the metric mile, the Limogues, France native qualified for the ECAC meet.

C. King battled Tasha Stanley for the auto bid in the fourth 800-meter preliminary. The defending half mile champion pushed the tempo, but was edged at the line by three-hundredths of a second. The Scotia, N.Y. native posted the second fastest advancing time in 2:05.63.

Junior Erin McKenna delivered her fastest 800-meter time of the year, 2:10.97, to qualify for the ECAC meet with a fourth place finish out of section two. Classmate Nahed Lakkis led the men's side in 1:54.46, narrowly missing a New England standard in third place of heat three. Heat five saw freshman Tim Ferris turn in a 1:54.67 for fifth place.

Junior Louis Serafini led the men in the metric mile. The Niskayuna, N.Y. product lowered his New England standard by two seconds to 1:51.71, taking fifth in section three.

Sophomore Molly O'Dea registered her first New England standard in the 100-meter dash, running 12.52 for sixth in heat two. The Hingham, Mass. resident returned with another New England mark in the 200-meter sprint, 25.30. Freshman Jon Vaughn was the men's lone entrant the same events, getting clocked at 11.03 and 22.94, respectively.

Jack Hennessy nearly broke onto the BC 400-meter list with a 48.58, just three-hundredths shy of Bennett Valencia's 48.55 in 1999. The sophomore lowered his season-best by nearly a second to lead BC. Senior Brian Smith (50.62) and sophomore Connor O'Neill (50.75) were also clocked with their fastest times of the year.

With hurdles added to the track, both Claire Bingham and Kellen MacDonald registered New England standards. MacDonald's 54.44 was the fastest non-advancing time, while Bingham took sixth in section one at 64.82.

Results for the high jump competition were not available at the time of this release.

Forecasted inclement weather moved the start of day three up several hours. Field events will begin at 10 a.m., while track competitions with resume at 11:30 a.m. Please visit theacc.com for the latest information surrounding the championship meet.

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