Well now, the BU Track and Tennis Center has been hosting high quality indoor meets seemingly every weekend. And this was just a continuation. Day 1 of the BU David Hemery Valentine Invite featured some of the top female collegiate and post-collegiate performers of the East Coast, especially in the middle distance and distance events. Here’s some results that shined light on our local running scene:
The 800m: This was the first individual event of the day to take place on the oval and it went off with a bang! Lynsay Sharp laid down the law from gun to wire and posted a new meet record in the event with her 2’00.30. But that didn’t intimidate Megan Krumpoch too much as she set a season best 2’04.02 out of the same section, placing 4th OA. But that wasn’t the extent of all the fast results. See a few more from local athletes below:
- Molly McCabe (Boston College sophomore - former NH High School State Champ) runs a PR of 2’08.84 in section 2.
- Jess Teal (GBTC) puts on a gutsy performance to run 2’10.80, not far off her season best 2’09.00
- Hannah Parker (UConn freshman - NH High School State Record holder in the 800m) wins the 3rd heat with a fantastic 2’06.92
The Mile: Here in America, the mile is our distance; and the BU crowd loves it every time. Amanda Eccleston (Brooks) hammers her way to a 3 second PR and leads three other girls to a sub 4’30 mile with her 4’26.88. The other three women were Nicole Sifuentes (4’27.93), Erin Donohue (4’29.07), and UNH All-American Ellie Purrier (4’29.71). Rachel Schneider (Georgetown - St. Thomas Aquinas NH High School) and BAA Elite Emily Lipari raced in that fast section as well, finishing 4’30 and 4’31 respectively.
The 3k: This race saw some real fast action up front, ith a sold deal of professional athletes. Nicole Tully lead a good chunk of the race after the rabbit dropped, but it was Asic runner Jessica O’Connell who would come out on top and win it in 8’56.58. Ashley Higginson (9’02.77), the BAA’s Emma Bates (9’10.82), Nicole Traynor (9’12.75), Brown’s Natalie Schudrowitz (9’13.53), and BC teammates Laura Hottenrott and Liv Westphal (both in 9’17) would assist in putting on the show.
Since the indoor 3k is part of the USATF-NE All-Terrain Series, there damn well better have been some local highlights:
- Liz Ryan (GBTC) garners a new personal record with a 10’09.88.
- Heather Mahoney (Whirlaway) elevates her leading status in the ATR Series with a new season best performance of 10’11.63 (sorry we screwed that up on Twitter, you were running a bit quick for us to notice)
- Battle Road Track Club duo of Kallie Nixon and Caitlin Fahey come nail-bitingly close to breaking 10 with 10’01 and 10’02 respectively. This might possibly be Caitlin’s last big speed session before Take Two at the USATF-NE 5k Road Title a few weeks from now (given she doesn’t miss the final turn).
The 5k: Kim Smith rabbits Stony Brook’s Christina Melian to an super even split 15’48.77. Smith paced all but the last three laps, running through the k splits via 3’10, 3’10, 3’10, and 3’07. For Melian, this would be a 12-second personal record over last year and a new Stony Brook school record, besting Holly Van Dalen’s 15’55.64 from 2010. A trio of Providence runners would take the 2nd thru 4th positions as Catarina Rocha (16’03.44), Lauren Mullins (16’16.77), and Katie Lembo (16’17.89) all finished strong.
Of course there some local post-collegians in the mix here as well:
- Emma Spencer (BAA) narrowly missed a sub-17 with her 17’00.43 effort
- Battle Road TC filled the track with green singlets as five of their women ran strong races. Erin Dromgoole (17’07.02), Taylor Bickford (17’10.50), Kate Messina (17’53.81), Abby Barker (18’11.54), and Devin Nadar (18’39.64) competed for the newly re-branded club.