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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Senior Alana Pantale Named Colonial Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Week

      DATE:  April 15, 2014
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      RICHMOND, Va.  --   University of Delaware senior Alana Pantale, who won two events and finished third in two others to lead the Blue Hens women’s outdoor track & field squad to the team title at the Delaware Open on Saturday, has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. 

      Pantale, a health behavior science major at Delaware with a minor in health physical activity and disability studies, was one of five student-athletes honored by the league and shared Field Athlete of the Week honors with Northeastern’s Nicole Genard. UNCW senior Meena Reid was named CAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, Northeastern sophomore Donovan Henry was named CAA Track Athlete of the Week, and UNCW junior Cam Walton garnered Men’s CAA Field Athlete of the Week.
       
      A native of Wayne, N.J. (Wayne Valley High School), Pantale was outstanding in the Blue Hens’ first event at the school’s newly-renovated track at Grant Stadium as she won two field events and finished third in two more last weekend. 

      Pantale won the shot put (44-feet, 4.75-inches) and the discus (147-4), with the later event equaling the farthest distance in the league this season on top of qualifying for ECAC standards. Pantale recorded back-to-back third place finishes in the hammer (149-3) and javelin (127-11) to round out the solid weekend showing. 

      She helped Delaware capture first place team honors at the event as the Blue Hens took home 14 first place finishes. 
       
      Delaware will continue action this Saturday when the Blue Hens compete at the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. 
       
       
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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Track & Field Third After Day 1 of Colonial Athletic Assoc. Meet; Idris Wins Long Jump
       
      DATE:  May 2, 2014
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      HARRISONBURG, Va.  -- Junior Amira Idris captured the long jump title and senior Lindsay Prettyman and junior Latoya James each posted the best times in their track events in the preliminaries to lead the University of Delaware women’s track & field squad after the first day of the Colonial Athletic Association Track & Field Championships Friday at James Madison University’s University Park. 
       
      Halfway through the meet, Delaware sits in third place in the team standings with 49 points. Defending champion William & Mary sits in first place with 62  points followed by Northeastern (51), Delaware, UNCW (30.5), Towson (30.5), James Madison (16), and College of Charleston (4). 
       
      The second and final day of the meet will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday with championship races being contested in almost every track event. Delaware, last year’s runner-up, is looking to win its first-ever CAA team title and its first women’s outdoor track team crown since the 1991 season. 
       
      Idris, last year’s CAA Most Outstanding Field Performer, took a strong step to win it again as she was the Hens’ lone champion on the day. Idris placed second in the event last year when she also captured the triple jump title. She will compete in the triple jump competition on Saturday. 
       
      Prettyman posted the top time in the 1,500 meters in the preliminaries with a time of 4:36.57 while James, the defending champion in the 100 meter hurdles, also had the top preliminary time in that event with a 14.19 clocking. 
       
      In all, Delaware had 10 runners advance to Saturday’s finals thanks to their times on Friday. Betsy Erlanger was second in the 1,500 meters (4:40.56), Chelsi Campbell was second in the 400 meters (56.60) and seventh in the 200 meters (25.09), Prettyman was fourth in the 800 meters (2:12.75), Emily Gispert was ninth in the 1,500 meters, Megan Crowley was ninth in the 100 meter hurdles (15.32), Tyler Jackson was ninth in the 100 meters (12.29),  Shanel Dickens was ninth in the 800 meters (2:13.66), and Idris was 11th in the 100 meters (12.39). 
       
      Four other field events were contested on Friday in addition to the long jump.  Among the top UD finishers, Alana Pantale was third in the javelin (132-10), Monica Hagenauer was third in the hammer (162-2), Haley Gorenflo was third in the pole vault (11-7.75), Courtney Sniscak was fifth in the hammer (153-8), James was sixth in the long jump (17-11.75), Courtney Markow was seventh in the pole vault (10-8), Alexis Gligor was 11th in the pole vault (10-8), and Aretah Ettarh was 13th in the hammer (131-0)
       
      In the only track events to hold their finals on Friday, the top UD finishers included Katie Deinert finishing second in the 10,000 meters (36.28.61), Katrina Steenkamer was fifth in the 5,000 meters (17:06.47), Alyssa Kennedy was ninth in the 5,000 meters (17:27.15), Nicole Rittman was 12th in the 10,000 meters (39:51.24), and Michele Lambert was 13th in the 5,000 meters (18:08.44).
       
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      Team Leaders After Day 1: 1. William & Mary - 62; 2. Northeastern - 51; 3. Delaware - 49; 4. UNCW - 30.5; 5. Towson - 21.5 6. James Madison - 16; 7. College of Charleston - 4. 
       
      Delaware Finishers (All running races preliminaries unless noted)
      1st Place - Lindsay  Prettyman, 1,500m (4:36.57 - advance to finals); Latoya James, 100m hurdles (14.19 - advance o finals/ECAC Qualifier); Amira Idris, long jump (19-9.5/ECAC Qualifier)
      2nd Place - Betsy Erlanger, 1,500m  (4:40.56 - advance to finals); Chelsi Campbell, 400m (56.60 - advance to finals); Katie Deinert, 10,000m (36:28.61/ECAC Qualifier)
      3rd Place - Alana Pantale, javelin (132-10); Monica Hagenauer, hammer (162-2); Haley Gorenflo, pole vault (11-7.75)
      4th Place - Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:12.75 - advance to finals)
      5th Place - Courtney Sniscak, hammer (153-8); Katrina Steenkamer, 5,000m (17:06.47; ECAC Qualifier); 
      6th Place - Latoya James, long jump (17-11.75)
      7th Place - Chelsi Campbell, 200m (25.09 - advance to finals); Courtney Markow, pole vault (10-8)
      9th Place - Emily Gispert, 1,500m (4:38.59 - advance to finals); Megan Crowley, 100m hurdles (15.32 - advance to finals); Tyler Jackson, 100m (12.29 - advance to finals); Shanel Dickens, 800m (2:13.66 - advance to finals); Alyssa Kennedy, 5,000m (17:27.15)
      10th Place - Leslie Ope, 100m hurdles (15.59); Kelley Donovan, 400m (58.44)
      11th Place - Amira Idris, 100m (12.39 - advance to finals); Alexis Gligor, pole vault (10-8)
      12th Place - Tyler Jackson, 200m (25.41);  Nicole Rittman, 10,000m (39:51.24)
      13th Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (1:02.08); Paige Thompson-Charles, 100m (12.41); 200m (25.42); Alexandra Carroll, 800m  (2:15.88); Aretah Ettarh, hammer (131-0); Michele Lambert, 5,000m (18:08.44)
      14th Place - Leslie Ope, 400m hurdles (1:12.90); Paige Morris, long jump (16-11.5)
      15th Place - Latoya James, 100m (12.50)
      17th Place - Kelsey Evancho, long jump (16-8.5)
      18th Place - Spencer Nendza, long jump (16-6.5)
      29th Place - Toresha Foster, 200m (28.06)   
                                                                         
      Heptathlon: Michelle White, 100m hurdles (8th, 15.91);  200m (12th, 27.88); High Jump (9th, 5-3); Shot Put (8th, 32-10.5); Hannah Pepper, 100m hurdles (9th, 16.07); 200m (8th, 26.87); High Jump (9th, 4-10.25); Shot Put (15th, 30-0).
       
       
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      Highlights:Results of the Henlopen Track Championships
       Place        School                                                            Points
           1        Dover                                      DOV                      144
           2        Caesar Rodney                      CAR                       138 50
           3        Cape Henlopen                      CH                          92
           4        Lake Forest                            LF                           76
           5        Milford                                    MLF                        58 50
           6        Sussex Tech                          ST                           48
           7        Smyrna                                  SMY                        47
           8        Laurel                                     LAUR                      36
           9        Sussex Central                       SC                          30 50
          10        Indian River                           INDI                        18
          11        Polytech                                PT                           11
          12        Seaford                                 SEA                           1 50
                                                                              
      Boys 100 Meter Dash
      Finals
        1 Staton, James                Laurel                 11.48      10.99   10
        2 McDonald, Daylakashawn       Caesar Rodney          11.15      11.19    8
        3 Daniels, Vance               Milford                11.35      11.29    6
        4 Bouges, Raekwon              Dover                  11.39      11.33    5
        5 Burton, Tyreik               Cape Henlopen          11.33      11.41    4
        6 Miles, Arthur                Caesar Rodney          11.48      11.45    2.50
        6 Thomas, Ryan                 Milford                11.50      11.45    2.50
        8 Matthews, Jamont             Sussex Tech            11.55      11.58    1
        Boys 200 Meter Dash
      Finals
        1 Bouges, Raekwon              Dover                  23.16      22.24   10
        2 Staton, James                Laurel                 23.04      22.44    8
        3 Deshields, Vaeshon           Lake Forest            22.90      22.53    6
        4 McDonald, Daylakashawn       Caesar Rodney          22.77      22.54    5
        5 Brown, Austinio              Caesar Rodney          22.73      22.66    4
        6 Ray, Jordan                  Laurel                 22.92      22.76    3
        7 Allen, Wardell               Cape Henlopen          23.32      22.86    2
       -- Matthews, Jamont             Sussex Tech            23.43         NT
        Boys 400 Meter Dash
        1 Deshields, Vaeshon           Lake Forest            50.60      50.16   4  10
        2 Bouges, Raekwon              Dover                  50.15      52.06   4   8
        3 Jones, Ronald                Dover                  52.41      52.43   4   6
        4 Okonkwo, Rapheal             Dover                  52.90      52.85   4   5
        5 Alexander, PJ                Sussex Central         54.10      52.89   3   4
        6 Barnes, Keith                Lake Forest            53.20      53.10   4   3
        7 Anderson, Stephen            Cape Henlopen          52.30      53.23   4   2
        8 Smith, Josh                  Polytech               53.40      53.44   3   1
        Boys 800 Meter Run
        1 Phillips, Sam                Caesar Rodney        2:01.20    1:58.57   10
        2 Brooks, Brandon              Caesar Rodney        2:03.30    2:01.35    8
        3 Stevenosky, Bryce            Caesar Rodney        2:04.05    2:02.30    6
        4 Taylor, Kevin                Caesar Rodney        2:06.10    2:02.71    5
        5 Adkins, Christain            Dover                2:06.10    2:03.53    4
        6 MacElrevey, Daniel           Cape Henlopen        2:06.00    2:04.03    3
        7 Jeancharles, Mark            Laurel               2:06.10    2:04.87    2
        8 Bailey, Adam                 Smyrna               2:08.63    2:05.89    1
          Boys 1600 Meter Run
        1 MacElrevey, Daniel           Cape Henlopen        4:36.00    4:27.61   10
        2 Phillips, Sam                Caesar Rodney        4:30.06    4:27.88    8
        3 Mojica, Gabe                 Smyrna               4:29.47    4:30.30    6
        4 Twining, Nathaniel           Caesar Rodney        4:30.94    4:35.02    5
        5 Stevenosky, Bryce            Caesar Rodney        4:39.46    4:35.57    4
        6 Landis, David                Sussex Tech          4:38.00    4:39.72    3
       7 Bailey, Adam                 Smyrna               4:42.00    4:41.17    2
        8 Rueda, Victor                Sussex Tech          4:47.00    4:45.36    1
          Boys 3200 Meter Run
        1 MacElrevey, Daniel           Cape Henlopen       10:13.00    9:47.31   10
        2 Twining, Nathaniel           Caesar Rodney        9:51.26    9:54.84    8
        3 Hete, Sam                    Sussex Tech         10:07.00    9:56.51    6
        4 Phillips, Sam                Caesar Rodney       10:14.39   10:06.63    5
        5 Stevenosky, Bryce            Caesar Rodney       10:10.60   10:17.64    4
        6 Krewson, Daniel              Caesar Rodney       10:25.65   10:24.16    3
        7 Bamforth, Jake               Sussex Tech         10:39.00   10:28.12    2
        8 Bailey, Adam                 Smyrna              10:23.45   10:33.43    1
        Boys 110 Meter Hurdles
       
      Finals
        1 Young-Sanders, Mykele        Dover                  15.46      14.52   10
        2 Wright, Deon                 Dover                  15.60      15.03    8
        3 Simms, Kevin                 Sussex Central         15.35      15.04    6
        4 Miller, Henry                Lake Forest            15.68      15.38    5
       5 Monsanto, Aleyyo             Smyrna                 15.98      15.86    4
        6 Faulkner, Jamal              Dover                  15.83      15.92    3
        7 Munroe, Jeff                 Sussex Tech            16.22      16.14    2
        8 Cunningham, Ja'Von           Dover                  16.42      16.76    1
        Boys 300 Meter Hurdles
        1 Young-Sanders, Mykele        Dover                  38.09      39.43   4  10
        2 Wright, Deon                 Dover                  40.90      40.31   4   8
        3 Simms, Kevin                 Sussex Central         39.50      40.81   4   6
        4 Monsanto, Aleyyo             Smyrna                 41.27      41.71   4   5
        5 Miller, Henry                Lake Forest            40.80      41.76   4   4
        6 Cunningham, Ja'Von           Dover                  42.80      42.31   3   3
        7 Hall, Shaquille              Indian River           42.72      42.63   3   2
        8 Faulkner, Jamal              Dover                  43.45      42.67   3   1
        Boys 4x100 Meter Relay
        1 Cape Henlopen  'A'                                  44.30     J43.19   2  10
           1) Burton, Tyreik                  2) Dukes, Raekwon
           3) Allen, Wardell                  4) Mills, Maurice
        2 Laurel  'A'                                         43.68     J43.84   2   8
           1) Miller, Ben                     2) Johnson, Jarrett
           3) Ray, Jordan                     4) Staton, James
        3 Caesar Rodney  'A'                                  44.30     J43.85   2   6
           1) Brown, Austinio                 2) Watkins, Naquan
           3) Miles, Arthur                   4) Teasley, Rasheed
        4 Dover  'A'                                          43.85     J43.81   2   5
           1) Egeonu, Chidera                 2) Castro, John Rodel
           3) Faulkner, Jamal                 4) Brown, Roderick
        5 Milford  'A'                                        44.90     J44.14   2   4
           1) Martinez, Son                   2) Daniels, Vance
           3) Brunson, Michael                4) Arias, Osvaldo
        6 Lake Forest  'A'                                    44.70     J44.65   2   3
           1) Lonski, Austin                  2) Deshields, Vaeshon
           3) Coleman-Trader, William         4) White, Amir
        7 Sussex Tech  'A'                                    45.20     J45.74   2   2
           1) Drummond, Xavier                2) Kane, Kani
           3) Griffin, Patrick                4) Matthews, Jamont
        8 Smyrna  'A'                                         46.67     J46.66   1   1
           1) Woten, Isaac                    2) McKnight, Rahkwon
           3) Jackson, Corey                  4) Jenkins, Jarren
          Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
        1 Dover  'A'                                        1:30.40    1:30.27   2  10
           1) Egeonu, Chidera                 2) Young-Sanders, Mykele
           3) Castro, John Rodel              4) Wright, Deon
        2 Cape Henlopen  'A'                                1:31.00    1:30.85   2   8
           1) Dukes, Raekwon                  2) Allen, Wardell
           3) Mills, Maurice                  4) Burton, Tyreik
        3 Caesar Rodney  'A'                                1:33.60    1:32.93   2   6
           1) Brown, Austinio                 2) Watkins, Naquan
           3) Miles, Arthur                   4) Crestwell, Robert
        4 Lake Forest  'A'                                  1:34.00    1:33.73   2   5
           1) Lonski, Austin                  2) Deshields, Vaeshon
           3) Guy, Travon                     4) Miller, Henry
        5 Milford  'A'                                      1:33.00    1:34.29   2   4
           1) Daniels, Vance                  2) Green, Tae
           3) Brunson, Michael                4) Arias, Osvaldo
        6 Sussex Tech  'A'                                  1:36.00    1:35.98   2   3
           1) Destine, Henson                 2) Dorsey, DiMarco
           3) Griffin, Patrick                4) Matthews, Jamont
        7 Sussex Central  'A'                               1:36.70    1:36.38   2   2
           1) Custis, Jediah                  2) Purnell, TyJuan
           3) Holland, Fulton                 4) Simms, Kevin
        8 Smyrna  'A'                                       1:33.28    1:36.59   2   1
           1) Jackson, Corey                  2) Monsanto, Aleyyo
        Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
        1 Dover  'A'                                        3:30.20    3:33.25   2  10
           1) Egeonu, Chidera                 2) Jones, Ronald
           3) Cunningham, Ja'Von              4) Bouges, Raekwon
        2 Smyrna  'A'                                       3:31.71    3:35.35   2   8
           1) Woten, Isaac                    2) Carter, Moses
           3) Monsanto, Aleyyo                4) Persaud, Tarun
        3 Cape Henlopen  'A'                                3:40.00    3:37.24   2   6
           1) Allen, Wardell                  2) Anderson, Stephen
           3) Cox, Solomon                    4) Dukes, Raekwon
        4 Caesar Rodney  'A'                                3:40.00    3:40.83   2   5
           1) Brooks, Brandon                 2) Phillips, Sam
           3) Taylor, Kevin                   4) Stevenosky, Bryce
        5 Lake Forest  'A'                                  3:42.00    3:43.50   2   4
           1) Barnes, Keith                   2) Gibson, Eric
           3) Guy, Travon                     4) Minner, Logan
        6 Polytech  'A'                                     3:43.20    3:43.53   1   3
           1) Smith, Josh                     2) Williams, TeJay
           3) Obiera, Keith                   4) Givens, Devin
        7 Sussex Tech  'A'                                  3:50.00    3:44.53   1   2
           1) Destine, Henson                 2) Hinds, Jairus
           3) Harmon, Elias                   4) Knowles, Elijah
        8 Indian River  'A'                                 3:40.00    3:44.55   2   1
           1) Roberts, Tim                    2) Chatterton, Keith
           3) Justice, Davon                  4) Hall, Shaquille
          Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
        1 Sussex Tech  'A'                                  8:37.00    8:12.75   10
           1) Harmon, Elias                   2) Landis, David
           3) Hete, Sam                       4) Bamforth, Jake
        2 Caesar Rodney  'A'                                8:05.44    8:18.81    8
           1) Brooks, Brandon                 2) Gallucci, Patrick
           3) Taylor, Kevin                   4) Stevenosky, Bryce
        3 Cape Henlopen  'A'                                8:35.00    8:20.06    6
           1) Cox, Solomon                    2) Sample, Javon
           3) Malloy, Tyler                   4) Anderson, Stephen
        4 Dover  'A'                                        8:28.30    8:24.92    5
           1) Williams, Austin                2) Jones, Ronald
           3) Saxton, Sean                    4) Adkins, Christain
        5 Smyrna  'A'                                       8:30.86    8:29.17    4
           1) Persaud, Tarun                  2) Bailey, Adam
           3) Ibironke, Oluwafikunayomi       4) Mojica, Gabe
        6 Milford  'A'                                      8:48.61    8:43.25    3
           1) Johnson, Kevin                  2) Green, Tae
           3) Morgan, Jeremy                  4) Munce, Brandon
        7 Polytech  'A'                                     9:02.00    8:50.89    2
           1) O'Hea, Conner                   2) Smith, Josh
           3) Smith, Nick                     4) Obiera, Keith
        8 Lake Forest  'A'                                  9:02.00    8:53.76    1
           1) Barnes, Keith                   2) Griffith, Dominique
           3) Hammond, Wontrell               4) Minner, Logan
        Boys High Jump
        1 Roberts, Tim                 Indian River         6-00.00   J6-00.00   10
        2 Mills, Maurice               Cape Henlopen        6-02.00   J6-00.00    8
        3 Miller, Henry                Lake Forest          6-02.00   J6-00.00    6
        4 Gray, Juwan                  Polytech             6-02.00   J6-00.00    5
        5 Faulkner, Jamal              Dover                6-00.00   J5-10.00    4
        6 Moore, Tre'Vonne             Dover                6-00.00   J5-10.00    3
        7 Parker, Deon'tre             Seaford              5-08.00   J5-08.00    1.50
        7 Nocks, Kevine                Sussex Central       5-10.00   J5-08.00    1.50
        8 Banks, Rolland               Indian River         5-06.00   J5-08.00
        Boys Pole Vault
        1 Copeland, Jalen              Caesar Rodney       12-06.00  J13-00.00   10
        2 Young, Samuel                Cape Henlopen       14-00.00  J12-02.00    8
        3 Curry, Kaelan                Milford             12-00.00  J11-06.00    6
        4 Funkhouser, Adam             Milford             11-03.00  J11-00.00    5
        5 Jacobi, Tristan              Sussex Tech         11-00.00  J10-06.00    4
        6 Hallman, Caleb               Milford              9-00.00   J9-06.00    3
        7 Simmons, Joseph              Lake Forest         10-00.00   J9-06.00    2
        8 Seely, Ryan                  Sussex Tech         10-06.00   J9-06.00    1
        Boys Long Jump
          Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
        1 Thomas, Ryan                 Milford             22-11.50   22-09.00   10
        2 Mills, Maurice               Cape Henlopen       22-05.00   22-01.00    8
        3 Burton, Tyreik               Cape Henlopen       20-09.50   20-00.25    6
        4 Roberts, Tim                 Indian River        19-04.00   19-08.25    5
        5 Bonelli, Khari               Dover               19-07.75   19-07.50    4
        6 Teasley, Rasheed             Caesar Rodney       19-09.75   19-05.00    3
        7 Brown, Roderick              Dover               19-11.00   19-04.00    2
        8 Dukes, Raekwon               Cape Henlopen       19-08.00   19-03.25    1
        Boys Triple Jump
        1 Thomas, Ryan                 Milford             49-06.75   47-05.00   10
        2 Osunkoya, Oluwaseun          Caesar Rodney       41-04.25   43-01.00    8
        3 Wilson, DeVontae'            Caesar Rodney       41-10.00   42-06.00    6
        4 Salawe, Rasaki               Dover               42-07.00   42-03.50    5
        5 Bonelli, Khari               Dover               42-02.00   41-07.00    4
        6 Munroe, Jeff                 Sussex Tech         41-01.00   41-06.00    3
        7 Curry, Kaelan                Milford             42-09.00   40-11.00    2
        8 Miller, Ben                  Laurel              42-00.00   40-10.50    1
        Boys Shot Put
        1 Flamer, John                 Lake Forest         52-10.50   51-00.00   10
        2 Kane, Kani                   Sussex Tech         48-02.00   49-04.50    8
        3 Glover, Nicholas             Dover               48-08.00   47-01.00    6
        4 Macey, Josh                  Sussex Central      44-06.00   44-11.00    5
        5 Stevens, Brian               Lake Forest         41-00.00   44-04.25    4
        6 Smith, Kyle                  Smyrna              48-04.50   44-03.00    3
        7 Hickman, Deontray            Dover               41-07.00   42-08.75    2
        8 Campbell, Jeffrey            Smyrna              40-02.00   42-07.75    1
        Boys Discus Throw
        1 Smith, Kyle                  Smyrna                137-01     149-03   10
        2 Flamer, John                 Lake Forest           144-00     145-05    8
        3 Macey, Josh                  Sussex Central        139-01     139-04    6
        4 Stevens, Brian               Lake Forest           133-09     134-03    5
        5 Furbush, Jake                Laurel                127-00     131-04    4
        6 Akins, Shakur                Milford               125-08     129-03    3
        7 Hickman, Deontray            Dover                 123-05     129-00    2
        8 Calloway, Taevann            Caesar Rodney         125-02     120-11    1
       
       

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      SUBJECT:  Thirteen University of Delaware Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Standouts Set to Compete at ECAC Meet this Weekend
       
      DATE:  May 15, 2014
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      PRINCETON, N.J.  --  Thirteen members of the Colonial Athletic Association champion University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field team will look to continue their dream season this weekend when they compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. 
       
      A total of 20 Delaware student-athletes qualified for the regional meet but 13 will make the short trip north to compete this weekend as several are nursing injuries or meeting academic commitments. 
       
      Action gets underway on Friday, May 16, for the Blue Hens with CAA discus champion Alana Pantale beginning competition at 5 p.m. Over two hours later, Delaware distance standouts Michelle Lambert and Katrina Steenkamer will race in the 5,000 meters at 7:40 p.m. Closing out the night for the Blue Hens will be Katie Deinert in the 10,000 meters at 8 p.m. Dienert was the CAA runner-up in the event two weeks ago. 
       
      A full day of competition is on top for Saturday as Latoya James runs in the 100 meter hurdles trials at 11:15 a.m. and the semifinals at 12:25 p.m., Amira Idris takes part in the long jump at 12 noon, Lindsay Prettyman runs in the 800 meter trials at 12:50 p.m., Pantale competes in the hammer at 2 p.m., and the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Betsy Erlanger, Emily Gispert, Shanel Dickens, and Melissa Mazzo competes in the trials at 2 p.m.
       
      On Sunday, Kelsey Evancho competes in the high jump at 10 a.m., Paige Morris takes part in the triple jump at 11 a.m., and Pantale sees action in the shot put at 12:30. In addition, finals will be held in the 100 meter hurdles (12:50 p.m.), 800 meters (1:30 p.m.), and 4 x 800 meter relay (2:50 p.m.)
       
      Prettyman was the CAA Outstanding Track Performer at the CAA meet as she won both the 800 and 1,500 meter races; Idris won the CAA long jump championship; and James won the 100 meter hurdles title; Morris was the triple jump champion. 
       
      Three Blue Hens earned All-East honors at the ECAC meet a year ago when James placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, Idris was fifth in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump, and Morris was eighth in the triple jump. 
       
      Among the student-athletes not taking part in the ECAC championships are the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Tyler Jackson, James, Paige Thompson-Charles, and Chelsi Campbell and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Breanna Nicholson, Kelley Donovan, Alexandra Carroll, and Campbell. 
       
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      SUBJECT:  James Advances to Finals in Hurdles to Lead University of Delaware Women’s Track & Field at ECAC Championships
       
      DATE:  May 17, 2014
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      PRINCETON, N.J.  --  University of Delaware senior Latoya James was the top performer for the Blue Hens women’s outdoor track and field squad at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships Saturday at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. 
       
      James, the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association 100 meter hurdles champion, continued to fare well in the event as she ran to a time of 14.04 in the preliminaries Saturday to advance to Sunday’s finals at 12:50 p.m. James, who placed fifth in the ECAC event last year, was seventh in the trials, good enough to advance to the finals. Hampton’s Breana Norman had the best trials time with a clocking of 13.64. 
       
      James was among eight Blue Hens who competed at Saturday at the ECAC meet. Lindsay Prettyman broke her own record in the 800 meters to place ninth in the trials in that event, Amira Idris was 11th in the long jump, Alana Pantale was 14th in the discus and 26th in the hammer, and the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Emily Gispert, Betsy Erlanger, Shanel Dickens, and Melissa Mazzo placed 17th in the trials. 
       
      “It is a busy and competitive field at the ECAC Championship this year,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “I was very pleased with the ladies efforts today, they really fought to be on top. We are excited about Latoya James coming back in the hurdles tomorrow. We also got a great job from Lindsay Prettyman again with her school record performances in the 800 meters.  Alana Pantale had a busy weekend as well and she will wear her UD colors proudly in her last collegiate performance on Sunday.”
       
      Prettyman, the 2014 CAA 800 and 1,500 meters champion, broke yet another record in her historic career as she ran to a time of 2:08.12 in the trials of the 800 meters to tie for ninth place. However, she did not advance to Sunday’s finals as she missed qualifying by one spot. Georgetown’s Andrea Keklak had the best time in the trials with a clocking of 2:06.11. 
       
      Also for the Hens, Idris was 11th in the long jump (17-9.75), Pantale was 14th in the discus (140-3) and 26th in the hammer (153-2), and Gispert, Erlanger, Dickens, and Mazzo ran the 4 x 800 meter relay in 9:09.86. 
       
      On Sunday, in addition to James’ competing in the 100 meter hurdles finals, Kelsey Evancho competes in the high jump at 10 a.m., Paige Morris takes part in the triple jump at 11 a.m., and Pantale sees action in the shot put at 12:30.  
       
      AGATE: 
       
      Delaware Finishers: 
      7th Place - Latoya James, 100m hurdles trials (14.04); 9th Place - Lindsay  Prettyman, 800m trials (2:08.12; UD Record); 11th Place - Amira Idris, long jump (17-9.75); 14th Place - Alana Pantale, discus (140-3); 15th Place - Katie Deinert, 10,000m (36:47.21); 17th Place 4 x 800m Relay (Emily Gispert, Betsy Erlanger, Shanel Dickens, Melissa Mazzo), 9:09.86; 26th Place - Alana Pantale, hammer (153-2); 35th Place - Katrina Steenkamer, 5,000m (17:19.28); 43rd Place - Michele Lambert, 5,000 (17:50.53)
       
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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Senior Lindsay Prettyman Selected to CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic Track & Field Team
       
      DATE:  June 2, 2014
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      WASHINGTON, D.C.  --  University of Delaware senior Lindsay Prettyman earned yet another impressive honor Monday when she was named to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division I Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field District 2 All-Academic team. 
       
      Prettyman, who capped an outstanding career by competing at the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships this past Thursday, earned her degree with honors at UD’s Commencement exercises on Saturday. 
       
      A native of Newark, Del. (St. Mark’s High School), Prettyman earned CoSIDA All-District honors for the second straight year and is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors which will be announced later this month. 
       
      “Being selected to this team means so much to me because it really shows how much hard work I put in both on and off the track,” said Prettyman. “This is a great ending to my career at Delaware.”
       
      To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must carry a 3.3 or better grade point average and be a starter or key reserve. Candidates also must complete at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and have at least sophomore eligibility. The teams are selected by a vote of sports information directors. District 2 includes all NCAA Division I schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Kentucky.
       
      An exercise science major with a 3.88 grade point average, Prettyman excelled in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field during an outstanding career. She was named the team Most Valuable Player in all three sports this past season, was selected as the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, and earned the most prestigious award bestowed on a UD female student-athlete - the Mary Ann Hitchens Award - which recognizes a senior letterwinner who has exhibited outstanding qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness, and striving for excellence. 
       
      “I am so very proud of Lindsay,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “Words cannot express how happy I am for Lindsay’s successes in her four years here at the University of Delaware. Her contributions to the cross country and track and field programs both on and off the field have been tremendous. She has really set the stage.  The main goal for any student-athlete is to get a good education and Lindsay has excelled above all odds. She is a true role model for future Blue Hens to follow.”
       
      Whether she was racing through the woods on the cross country course, running past the competition on the indoor and outdoor track oval, or putting in long hours towards her academic endeavors, Prettyman excelled in all her pursuits at the University of Delaware. As a three-sport standout in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, she earned 12 letters, served as a team captain, set 10 school records, and won 29 meet titles during her remarkable tenure at UD.
       
      As a four-year standout in cross country, she was named team Most Valuable Player three times and led the squad in 21 races, capturing three individual titles along the way. She culminated her career this past fall by becoming just the third woman in UD history and first since 1984 to compete at the NCAA Championships.   
       
      During the indoor season, Prettyman won five meet titles this past winter and earned All-East honors for the second time in her career when she finished second in the mile run at the ECAC championships in Boston. For her career, she set school records in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters, 3,000 meters, and 4 x 800 meter relay.
       
      Prettyman was even more impressive on the outdoor track where she established school standards in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 4 x 800 meter relay, and the distance medley relay.  In early May she led the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA team title when she was named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 800 meter and 1,500 meter competitions. Her time in the 1,500 meters set a CAA meet record. She followed that up with a ninth place finish in the 800 meters at the ECAC Eastern championships and a 38th place showing in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA East Regionals this past week. 
       
      In the classroom, Prettyman carried a near perfect 3.88 grade point average, was named to the CAA Academic Honor Roll numerous times, and is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. She was recently admitted into the physical therapy graduate program at Delaware.
       
      She has also played a key role in several community services initiatives, taking part in the Pigskin Pass for Special Olympics Delaware, serving at numerous youth track & field clinics, and taking a lead role in a shoe drive that collected over 600 pairs of shoes for the More Foundation Group that provides services for Africa and other underprivileged communities around the world.  
       
      Prettyman was joined on the CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic team by Ann Eason (Eastern Kentucky), Rachael Kotula (Robert Morris), Ashley Adams (Duquesne), Andrea Keklak (Georgetown), Meghan McGlinchey (LaSalle), Mercedes Yanora (Saint Joseph’s), Megan Elgin (Rider), Emily de La Bruyere (Princeton), Kelly Williams (West Virginia), Katie Pratt (Saint Joseph’s), Emma Slattery (Saint Joseph’s), and Becky Yep (Maryland). 
       
       
       
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      SUBJECT:  Two Home Meets Highlight 2014 University of Delaware Women’s Cross Country Schedule
       
      DATE:  June 13 , 2014
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      NEWARK, Del.  -- Nine competitions, including two home meets at White Clay Creek State Park, highlight the 2014 University of Delaware women’s cross country schedule announced on Friday.  
       
      Third-year head coach Wendy McFarlane will welcome back a solid nucleus from last year’s squad that placed third at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, fourth at the ECAC regionals, won the UD Blue & Gold Invitational, and finished as runner-up at both the Delaware Invitational and Towson Invitational meets.  
       
      “We look forward to the upcoming cross country season,” said McFarlane, who also led the Blue Hen women’s outdoor track & field team to the CAA title in May. “Our schedule this season will give us enough time to prepare, recover, and be a contender for a top three team finish at the conference championship. We graduated a few key athletes but we look forward to rebuilding and performing at a high level with our returning class and newcomers. We added nine freshmen to the cross country roster and we are eager to see how their season unfolds as we look to build on our successes.”
       
      Delaware will serve as host on two occasions in 2014 as the Blue Hens will welcome top area men’s and women’s teams to the Delaware Invitational on Sept. 13 and to the UD Blue & Gold Invitational on Oct. 11. Both meets will again take place at Delaware’s home course at White Clay Creek State Park off Route 896 in Newark. 
       
      The Blue Hens will open the season on Aug. 29 at the Lehigh Invitational and two weeks later will host the Delaware Invitational. The team will take on Towson in a dual meet on Sept. 19 to close out the month of competition. 
       
      The month of October will include three competitions as the Hens will head to the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Oct. 4, host the Blue & Gold Invitational on Oct. 11, and head to the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 18. 
       
      Action during the final month of the season in November includes the CAA Championships Nov. 1 at Northeastern in Boston, the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Penn State on Nov. 14, and the ECAC Championships on Nov. 22 at the Bronx, N.Y.
       
      AGATE:
       
      Aug. 29, Lehigh Invitational (Bethlehem, Pa.), 5 p.m.
       
      Sept. 13, Delaware Invitational (White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Del.), 10 a.m.; 19, at *Towson, 4 p.m.
       
      Oct. 4, Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh (Bethlehem, Pa.); 10 a.m.; 11, Blue & Gold Invitational at Delaware (White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Del.), 10 a.m.; 18, at Princeton Invitational, 10 a.m.
       
      Nov. 1, Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Northeastern (Boston, Mass.), 11 a.m.; 14, NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals at Penn State (State College, Pa.); 10 a.m.; 22, ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt State Park (Bronx, N.Y.); 9 a.m.; 22, NCAA Division I Championships at Indiana State (Terre Haute, Ind.), 10 a.m. 
       
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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Track & Field Head Coach Wendy McFarlane Earns CAA Coach of the Year Honors
       
      DATE:  June 27, 2014
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      RICHMOND, Va.  --  University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane earned an impressive honor Friday when she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year for the 2014 season. 
       
      McFarlane, who led the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA title back in May, was selected from a vote of the league coaches. She was among several people honored by the CAA as the league announced its end-of-the-year women’s track & field honors and all-league citations. 
       
      In addition to McFarlane, William & Mary senior Elaina Bouris was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year and Northeastern freshman Lucy Young was named CAA Rookie of the Year. 
       
      “I am humbled and grateful to receive such an honor,” said McFarlane, who also serves as head coach of the UD cross country and indoor track & field teams. “On behalf of my staff and athletes who have made this award possible, I would like to thank the coaches who voted and the CAA committee for acknowledging our success this season. A championship title is hard to attain and would not be possible without the support of a hard working and dedicated staff. Thanks to Larry Pratt, Tim Brock, Terrence Gadson, Eddie Kolofer, Marlene McIlhenny, and Mel Boldt, and to our student-athletes who have worked tirelessly for our successes this season.”
       
      McFarlane, who closed out her sixth season at the helm of the Blue Hens this spring, was selected as the Coach of the Year in women’s track and field for the first time after guiding Delaware to its first CAA championship. The Blue Hens captured six individual event titles and compiled 158 points to win the league championship by 20 points. Also during the season, the Hens captured team titles at the Delaware Invitational, Delaware Classic, and James Madison Invitational and placed second at the Navy Invitational. 
       
      After leading the Delaware women’s track & field teams to fifth place finishes at the CAA Outdoor Meet in 2011 and 2012, she guided the team to a second place finish in 2013 before the Hens won it all this past spring. She becomes the first UD women’s track & field coach to earn league Coach of the Year honors. 
       
      In addition to the top honors, the CAA also announced its all-league teams based on finishes at the CAA meet. 
       
      Earning All-CAA honors for the Blue Hens were Lindsay Prettyman (800m, 1,500m), Katie Deinert (10,000m), Latoya James (100m hurdles), Breanna Nicholson (4 x 400m relay), Alexandra Carroll (4 x 400m relay), Kelley Donovan (4 x 400m relay), Chelsi Campbell (4 x 400m relay), Kelsey Evancho (high jump), Haley Gorenflo (pole vault), Amira Idris (long jump, triple jump), Paige Morris (triple jump), Alana Pantale (shot put, discus, javelin), and Monica Hagenauer (hammer). 
       
       
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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 3:52:17 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Track & Field Standout Lindsay Prettyman Named CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

       
      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Track & Field Standout Lindsay Prettyman Named CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
       
      DATE:  July 2, 2014
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      RICHMOND, Va. --  Former University of Delaware women’s cross country and track & field standout Lindsay Prettyman placed her name on yet another prestigious award Wednesday as she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 athletics season. 
       
      Prettyman (St. Mark’s HS/Newark, Del.), who in May earned a spot on the Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-American third team, was joined by William & Mary senior swimmer Andrew Strait, who was named the CAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The awards were chosen by the league’s media relations directors. 
       
      The conference selected a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 21 championship sports this season, and those winners were placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Five of the finalists were conference Players of the Year and 18 of them received all-conference honors in their respective sports. Among the other candidates for the award were Delaware’s Allegra Gray (women’s soccer) and Baralee Theinthong (women’s golf). 
       
      Prettyman’s honor marks the third straight year that the University of Delaware has produced the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as former UD All-American basketball player and current WNBA star Elena Delle Donne earned the award in both 2012 and 2013. 
       
      Delaware becomes the first CAA school to produce a CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year three straight years since the awards began in 2002-03. Prettyman is also just the second cross country and track runner to be honored as the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Towson’s Brandi Gervais, who was honored in 2011. 
       
      “We are so proud of Lindsay and all that she has accomplished not only as an outstanding athlete but as a first-class student,” said Delaware women’s cross country and track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane. “There are so many great student-athletes throughout the CAA and for her to be chosen above the rest just shows how impressive her season and career have been and how hard she has worked to be exceptional in both areas.”
       
      Prettyman capped an outstanding career by competing at the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships last month, earned her degree in exercise science with honors and concluded her career with a 3.88 grade point average.  She was named to the CAA Academic Honor Roll numerous times during her career and is a two-year member of the National College Athlete Honor Society.  She will attend graduate school in physical therapy at the University of Delaware this fall. 
       
      She excelled in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field during an outstanding career. She was named the team Most Valuable Player in all three sports this past season, was selected as the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, and earned the most prestigious award bestowed on a UD female student-athlete - the Mary Ann Hitchens Award - which recognizes a senior letterwinner who has exhibited outstanding qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness, and striving for excellence.
       
      As a four-year standout in cross country, Prettyman was named team Most Valuable Player three times and led the squad in 21 races, capturing three individual titles along the way. She culminated her career this past fall by becoming just the third woman in UD history and first since 1984 to compete at the NCAA Championships.   
       
      During the indoor season, Prettyman won five meet titles this past winter and earned All-East honors for the second time in her career when she finished second in the mile run at the ECAC championships in Boston. For her career, she set school indoor records in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters, 3,000 meters, and 4 x 800 meter relay.
       
      Prettyman was even more impressive on the outdoor track where she established school standards in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 4 x 800 meter relay, and the distance medley relay. In May she led the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA team title when she was named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 800 meter and 1,500 meter competitions. Her time in the 1,500 meters set a CAA meet record. She followed that up with a ninth place finish in the 800 meters at the ECAC Eastern championships and a 38th place showing in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA East Regionals.
       
      She has also played a key role in several community services initiatives, taking part in the Pigskin Pass for Special Olympics Delaware, serving at numerous youth track & field clinics, and taking a lead role in a shoe drive that collected over 600 pairs of shoes for the More Foundation Group that provides services for Africa and other underprivileged communities around the world. 
       
       
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      My situation with Saint Thomas More is rather unique in that I've actually coached for this school ten years ago.
       
       After three successful years of building the team up to win three consecutive conference titles (girls), my assistant coach and I were deployed to Kuwait in 2004 with our Delaware Army National Guard unit the 945th out of Milford; a now defunct unit.
       
       While we were away, Coach Eric Payne (now with Lake Forest) stepped in and continued very successfully in building a very competitive team on the state level with both boys and girls. The girls team would go on to win their 4th consecutive Diamond State Athletic Conference title.
       
      I never returned to Dover and upon returning from my year-long deployment, I moved to Newark were I coached at both Hodgson Vo-Tech as head coach for indoor and outdoor track for a couple seasons before moving on to an assistant position for Padua Academy for X-C and Indoor Track.
       
      After having spent nearly all of my twenties coaching, I hung up my coaching hat after two seasons at Padua; finished up my BA in History at University of Delaware, and that same Spring in 2011, my wife and I welcomed our first child; our son Liam. Since then I've been a devoted stay-at-home-dad while my wife enjoys a career as a biologist for U of D. In 2012 we welcomed our first daughter Moira, and this October we'll welcome a second named Philomena.
       
      With an ever growing family and needing a larger home; and expecting a possible exit from the state of Delaware to pursue better career opportunities, we moved back to Dover temporarily at the start of the Summer after selling our Newark home.  After deciding to remain in Dover till at least the birth of our daughter, I realized I was in a unique position to help my brother-in-law who is a teacher and athletic director at STMA, and
      needed a X-C coach after Eric Payne left to take the head coaching position at his Alma Mater; Lake Forest; a decision that I think Henlopen Conference coaching icon Jim Blades would have been proud of in my humble opinion.  
       
      My team this season is as has been in recent years at STMA; small.  With several upperclassmen such as Team Captain Chris 'Chip' Welch, Ozzie Reif, Kevin McLane and Matt Knight this year and no clear front-runner, my job will be to build a a tight squad of runners with both boys and girls who can hold together as a pack throughout the race. My other job this season will be to get as many freshman and new runners out for the team such as Freshman Nick Olsen from St. Andrew's and scout for a replacement for myself. My girls team on the other hand is currently under cons​truction with only one returning runner: Kiara Malgiero, and new runners Emily Saint and Lauren McLane. I've actually called in a family favor and asked my sister-in-law Elizabeth "Lizzy' Stant, a field hockey play and Senior to run some races for me when her schedule permits.
       
      Schools, athletes and their parents want and deserve stability in their coaching staff, and while I can't give them that unfortunately, I can give them some peace of mind while we look for that person who can become a dependable figurehead for STMA XC. In the meantime I hope to inspire a renewed interest in running at STMA, but with some students participating in a new Chris​tian-coalition football program, having to compete with another Fall sport with the school's already small student population, might prove to be difficult; but I have hope.


      -Nick Boggs

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      Head coach - ANDREW SHEARER

      How Many Years - 2ND YEAR HEAD COACH

      Career Record as Coach - 4-4 AT MHS, PREVIOUSLY ASSISTANT COACH FOR TWO SEASONS AT RED LION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      2013 Record - 4-4 MEET RECORD, 8TH PLACE AT DIAA STATE MEET IN 2013



      Returning All-Conference: N/A

      Top Returners: KENNY MONROE, ANDRE CUNNINGHAM, MIKE MCMENAMIN, RONALD PRESCOTT, ALEX BAKER, NICK BAKER, BEN PATTERSON, ARIF PERACHA, RYAN MCMENAMIN

      Top Newcomers: AT LEAST FIVE FIRST YEAR RUNNERS

      Talk about the upcoming preview in your own words: THIS SEASON'S ROSTER IS LADEN WITH SENIOR TALENT, INCLUDING NINE OF THE TOP 10 RUNNERS FROM 2013.  THE TEAM'S WORK ETHIC AND DYNAMIC IS STRONGER THAN THE PAST TWO SEASONS, WITH MOST OF THE TEAM HAVING PUT IN A SOLID TRAINING BASE OVER THE SUMMER.  THE TEAM SHOULD FAR EXCEED LAST YEAR'S MEET RECORD AS WELL AS CONFERENCE AND STATE PLACEMENTS.  

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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:03:54 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Cross Country Opens 2014 Season Friday at Lehigh Invitational

       
      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Cross Country Opens 2014 Season Friday at Lehigh Invitational
       
      DATE:  August 28, 2014
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      BETHLEHEM, Pa.  -- Coming off one of its finest seasons in over a decade, the University of Delaware women’s cross country team will open another promising season Friday when the Blue Hens take part in the Lehigh Invitational at the Goodman Cross Country Course. 
       
      The women’s six-kilometer race will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s six-kilometer competition at 6:15 p.m.
       
      Delaware, led by head coach Wendy McFarlane, will take a team of 18 student-athletes to the meet, which will include nine teams competing. In addition to Delaware and host Lehigh, also competing will be DeSales, LIU Brooklyn, Moravian, Muhlenberg, Scranton, Ursinus, and West Virginia. 
       
      The Blue Hens return nine letterwinners from last year’s team that placed third in the Colonial Athletic Association championships for the second straight year. The Hens also placed fourth at the ECAC Championships and eighth at the NCAA District Championships. Those finishes were the best in the ECAC since 1991 and the best at the NCAA Districts since 2009. 
       
      “I am very anxious to see how the seasons will unfold with the new era of athletes we have joining the team this year,” said McFarlane, the Hens’ third-year coach who led the UD outdoor track and field squad to the CAA title a year ago. “Our goal for the cross country season is to improve on last year’s performances and maintain a top three team place in the CAA.”
       
      Delaware will need to replace four-year standout, 2014 UD Outstanding Female Athlete of Year, and CoSIDA Academic All-American Lindsay Prettyman, who led the team in five meets a year ago when she became just the third runner in UD history to compete at the NCAA Championships. She was the team Most Valuable Player each of her final three seasons. 
       
      Leading the returnees are senior Katrina Steenkamer, who placed 25th at the CAA meet a year ago, junior Nicole Daly, who was 19th at the CAAs, and senior Melissa Mazzo. The top newcomer is freshman Adrienne Fraczkowski, who finished second at the 2013 DIAA state cross country championships and went on to win the state title in the indoor mile and two-mile and the outdoor two-mile run at Delaware Military Academy. 
       
      - DDD - 
       
       
       
       
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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Posts Third Place Team Finish at Season Opening Lehigh Invitational 
       
      DATE:  August 29, 2014
      sws:
       
      BETHLEHEM, Pa.  -- The University of Delaware women’s cross country squad opened up its 2014 season Friday afternoon at the Lehigh Invitational and the Blue Hens posted a solid third place team finish out of eight teams. 
       
      Led by senior Katrina Steenkamer’s sixth place individual finish, the Hens posted 59 points to finish third behind team champion West Virginia (25) and Lehigh (49) and ahead of Scranton, Moravian, Muhlenberg, DeSales, and Ursinus. 
       
      “We had a decent start to our season today at Lehigh,” said third-year head coach Wendy McFarlane, whose team placed third at the Colonial Athletic Association championships a year ago. “I was pleased with the ladies’ efforts. We have some work to do, but today was a good indicator for positive outcomes later in the season.”
       
      Steenkamer, expected to take over a big leadership role this season with the graduation of four-year standout Lindsay Prettyman, posted the second highest finish of her career as she covered the six-kilometer Goodman Course in a time of 6:03.7 to lead all UD runners. Elizabeth Weiler of Lehigh won the race in a time of 5:47.5. 
       
      Delaware had two other freshman runners post top 10 finishes as Adrienne Fraczkowski placed seventh with a time of 6:05.2 and Madeline Berman was 10th with a clocking of 6:10.8. 
       
      The Hens, ranked No. 8 in the preseason U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll announced earlier this past week, return to action Sept. 13 when they host the Delaware Invitational at White Clay Creek State Park. 
       
      AGATE:
       
      Final Team Standings: 1. West Virginia - 25; 2. Lehigh - 49; 3. Delaware - 59; 4. Scranton - 153; 5. Moravian - 154; 6. Muhlenberg - 163; 7. DeSales - 181. 8. Ursinus - 200
       
      Final Individual Finishers: 1. Elizabeth Weiler (Lehigh), 5:47.5; 2. Sydney Scott (WVU), 5:47.8; 3. Brynn Harshbarger (WVU), 5:48.6; 4. Renee Maisonneuve (WVU), 5:56; 5. Rachel Faulds (WVU), 6:00.2
       
      Top Delaware Finishers: 6. Katrina Steenkamer, 6:03.7; 7. Adrienne Fraczkowski, 6:05.2; 10. Madeline Berman, 6:10.8; 15. Gabrielle Alaimo, 6:15.6; 22. Betsy Erlanger, 6:18.8; 23. Rebecca Gessler, 6:19.7; 24. Elizabeth McGroarty, 6:20.1; 29. Ilana Schnaufer, 6:24.5; 34. Morgan Petruny, 6:28.9; 36. Alana Waggoner, 6:31.7; 38. Angie Spadaccini, 6:32.7; 41. Melissa Talley, 6:33.9; 49. Abigail Heath, 6:42.7; 61. Tabitha Loftus, 6:58.3; 63. Hannah Foss, 7:00.01. 
          
      FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Selheimer / selheime@udel.edu / 302-831-8007 (office) / 302-562-5129 (cell)
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        
       

       

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      SUBJECT: Four Top-10 Finishes Headline Wilmington Cross Country at the 14th Annual WUXC Invite
      DATE: September 6, 2014
      djl
      WILMINGTON, Del. - - In the first race of the 2014 season, the Wilmington University cross country team opened the campaign with a fourth place finish in the women’s heat and a second place finish in the men’s heat at the 14th Annual WUXC Invite on Saturday afternoon at Carousel Park.
      The Wildcats produced three top-10 finishers on the day, led by junior newcomer Megan Ferrick (fifth) for the women and senior Matt Mossman (fourth) for the men.
      The women were first out of the box, running the 5K course on a hot and humid morning in Delaware. Ferrick led the Wildcats in her first meet with the team, finishing in 22:02.23. Senior Jeanette Halliburton placed 12th in 22:36.49 for the Wildcats while classmate SaraBeth Oppermann trailed close behind with a 14th place finish in 22:48.49.
      Graduate student Tijen Ozcan was the fourth Wilmington scorer with a 21st place finish overall, crossing the line In 23:36.73, picking up 20 points for the Wildcats. Rounding out the women’s scoring was junior Morgan Ferrick who placed 30th overall in 24:44.13, picking up 26 points for the team.
      Junior newcomer Bailey Brooks placed 36th overall in a time of 25:35.72 in her first race as a Wildcat while Rachel Jones was the seventh Wildcat finisher on the morning with a time of 26:28.51. Sophomore Jordan Swain rounded out the Wildcats with a 44th place finish and a time of 36:16.65.
      The Wildcats collected 77 points for fourth place overall, narrowly missing third place as a team by six points. Bloomfield College won the women’s race with 43 points, earning a second, fourth, sixth, seventh, and 24th place finishes for the win.
      The men placed three in the top-10, led by Mossman’s fourth place finish. Mossman turned it on late in the 5 mile run, pass a Philadelphia runner in the last 200 yards for the fourth place finish. He crossed the line in 30:37.63.
      Sophomore newcomer Chris Vitek finished sixth overall with a time of 31:28.68 in his first race as a Wildcat while freshman Andrew Milham placed eighth overall with a time of 32:17.39 in his first race as a Wildcat.
      Junior Quinn Marvel was the fourth finisher for the Wildcats, placing 14th overall and earning 12 points while finishing in 33:10.23. Senior Mike Wright was the final point getter for the Wildcats, finishing 16th overall and earning the team 14 points. Wright finished in 33:58.16.
      The Wildcats picked up 44 points on the day, but it wasn’t enough to take down Philadelphia who finished with 25 points, getting all five scorers inside the top-10.
      Georgian Court’s freshman Jessica Handsaker won medalist honors for the women, winning the race in 21:11.48 while Philadelphia’s Eric Lacy took medalist honors on the men’s side with a time of 29:25.70.
      The Wildcats return to action next weekend as they head to neighboring White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Del., to run in the UD Invite. The women’s gun goes off at 10:30 a.m., followed by the men at 11:15 a.m.
       
      ________________________________
      Wilmington University Mission
       
      Wilmington University is committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students. As an institution with admissions policies that provide access for all, it offers opportunity for higher education to students of varying ages, interests, and aspirations.
       
      The university provides a range of exemplary career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a growing and diverse student population. It delivers these programs at locations and times convenient to students and at an affordable price. A highly qualified full-time faculty works closely with part-time faculty drawn from the workplace to ensure that the university’s programs prepare students to begin or continue their career, improve their competitiveness in the job market, and engage in lifelong learning.

       

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      Head coach: Co-Head Coach with Mary-Kay Waltemire (Boys and Girls; see next)

       

      How Many Years: Boys (3); Girls (2nd)

       

      Career Record as Coach:

       

      2013 Record: Girls 6-2

       

      Returning All-Conference: 3rd Team All-State 2013 - Ashton Dunkley (Sr.)

       

      Top Returners: Ashton Dunkley(Sr), Alyssia Calhoun(Sr), Sara Deliberty(Sr), Kat Rinaldi (Jr), Anna Eastburn (Jr),

      Sarah Eastburn (Jr)

       

      Top Newcomers:  Lauren Achenchi (So)

       

       

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      Head Coach - Marnie Giunta
       
      Starting 8th year as Head Coach of XC
       
      7-Time Catholic Conference Champions
      2013 New Castle County Champions
      3-Time D1 State Champions
       
      Returning 5 of 7 varsity runners from the State champion squad including individual State Champion Emily Paolucci.  Also returning are senoirs Karlee Panella, and Erin Spadaccini both who were 2nd team All State in 2013, senior Regan Robertson, and sophomore Maddie Olivere who both had breakout spring track seasons.  
       
      Lydia Olivere and Amber Owens are two incoming freshman who will add more depth to the experienced squad.   
       

      Graduating Seniors --  Angie Spadaccini, running for University of Delaware.  Haley Lucey, attending Virginia Tech and will be running Track & Field.  



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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:44:33 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women¹s Cross Country and Track & Field Selects Kevin Cataldo as New Assistant Coach
       
      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Selects Kevin Cataldo as New Assistant Coach
       
      DATE:  September 11, 2014
       
      NEWARK, Del.  --  Kevin Cataldo, a track & field standout at Oakland University who served on the staffs at both Michigan State and Butler, has been named the new assistant women’s cross country and track & field coach at the University of Delaware, head coach Wendy McFarlane has announced. 
       
      Cataldo will work closely with McFarlane with the cross country squad and will direct the Blue Hen distance runners during the upcoming indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He has three years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. 
       
      “I am very excited to have Coach Cataldo on board here at the University of Delaware,” said McFarlane, the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year who begins her seventh season as a head coach for the Blue Hens in 2014-15. “He is a good fit for our team and the University culture. I know we will work well together as we continue to build a more successful cross country and track and field program.”
       
      A native of Michigan, Cataldo earned his degree in health sciences and pre-physical therapy from Oakland (Mich.) University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education, sports leadership, and coaching. He was a standout runner for the cross country team and an accomplished distance runner for the track & field squads at Oakland between 2006-11. He was named to the All-Michigan Team at the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country  meet in 2010. 
       
      He began his coaching career at Michigan State University where he served as a volunteer men’s and women’s assistant on head coach Walt Drenth’s staff for two seasons in 2011-13. 
       
      While at MSU, he helped the men’s cross country team qualify for the NCAA Championships in 2012 and helped lead the Spartan women to the Big Ten cross country team title in 2011 and NCAA Championships berths in both 2011 and 2012. During his tenure, track & field standout Leah O’Connor won two Big Ten steeplechase titles and was the 2013 champion in the outdoor 5,000 meters and Sara Kroll won the 2012 Big Ten cross country individual championship. 
       
      Cataldo moved on to Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. last season and served as an assistant on head coach Matt Roe’s men’s and women’s cross country and track & field staff. During the 2013-14 season, the Butler men and women both placed third in the team standings at the Big East championships while the women finished third overall as a team at the NCAA Championships after placing as the runner-up at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. 
       
      TRANSACTIONS: Delaware – Named Kevin Cataldo women's cross country and track & field assistant coach
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Scott Selheimer | selheime@udel.edu | Cell: 302-562-5129 | Office: 302-831-8007
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        
       

       

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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2014 8:15:01 AM
      Subject: SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women¹s Tennis Tallies Six Victories on Opening Day

      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware Women’s Tennis Tallies Six Victories on Opening Day

       

      DATE:  September 12, 2014

       

      TOWSON, Md. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis team kicked off the 2014 fall slate Friday with contests against George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, and UMBC at Towson’s Tiger Classic.

       

      While there was is no team scoring for the event, the Blue Hens picked up six total wins on the day with four coming in doubles matches.

       

      In the first match of the afternoon, sophomore Denny Lamachia (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) registered the first win of her Delaware career with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over GW’s Egle Jakuciunaite.

       

      Senior Kim Milla (México City, México/CONAMAT) also collected a singles win by defeating SJU’s Robyn Ferraro, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in second flight action.

       

      Additionally, the Blue Hens picked up two doubles wins against the Hawks. In top flight play, freshman Arielle Shuren (Montebello, N.Y./Suffern) and junior Danea Jonjic’ (Split, Croatia/Croatia Natural Sciences and Technical) defeated Aurora Davis and Alex Zachem, 8-4.  Seniors Christina Harrington (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) and Abby Martinez (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) fought for a tight, 8-7 (5), victory over Kelly Mulquin and Claire Minnoe.

       

      In doubles action against UMBC, Harrington and junior Nataliya Naumova (Moscow, Russia) defeated Aishu Iyer and Jennifer Christhilf, 8-6 while Martinez and Milla earned a win over the duo by a score of 6-2.

       

      POST-MATCH QUOTES

      Head coach Laura Travis

      “All in all, today was a very promising start for our program. Playing three strong teams on our first day of competition showed what we are capable of and what we need to work on. Two more days consecutive days of lengthy competition will help to evaluate our fitness level and mental toughness.”

       

      HEN SCRATCHINGS

      • Kim Milla improved to 33-27 in singles action and 37-30 in doubles play.
      • Laura Travis is in her 23rd season as the head coach of the Blue Hens.
      • Delaware will face Mount St. Mary’s, Towson and UMBC on Saturday.

       

      UPCOMING SCHEDULE

      • September 12-14 – Towson Tiger Classic – Towson Center Tennis Courts (Towson, Md.)
      • September 26-28 – Saint Joseph’s Tournament – Philadelphia, Pa.
      • October 10-12 – Navy Blue & Gold Invitational – Annapolis, Md.

       

      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Maggie Hayon | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 920-912-6635

       

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      SUBJECT: Tyler Muse Leads All Division II Runners While Wilmington Cross Country Runs at the UD Invite
      DATE: September 13, 2014
      djl
      NEWARK, Del. - - Tyler Muse was the top Division II runner at the Delaware Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, leading the Wilmington men to a third place finish while the women placed fifth overall among Division II and III schools at White Clay Creek State Park.
      Muse finished fourth overall among NCAA Division II and III student-athletes, finishing the 8K course in 27:20.93. Megan Ferrick paced the women’s team by placing second overall, and second among NCAA Division II runners.
      Senior SaraBeth Oppermann was 13 seconds behind Megan Ferrick, finishing in fourth in 25:17.35 while classmate Jeanette Halliburto finished 15th overall with a time of 26:11.33.
      Morgan Ferrick earned 42 points for the Wildcats finishing in 45th overall with a time of 27:57.89. Senior Tijen Ozcan rounded out the Wildcat scoring with a 47th place finish (44 points), crossing the line in 28:07.13.
      On the men’s side, Mark Hannigan joined Muse in the top-10 among Division 2 & 3 runners, finishing ninth overall with a time of 27:34.86. Senior Matt Mossman gave the Wildcats 19 points with a time of 28:19.08 before freshman Andrew Milham finished 21st overall (20 points) with a time of 28:24.46.
      Junior Quinn Marvel rounded out the Wildcats scoring with a time of 28:55.65, giving the team 23 points for a total of 75 points on the afternoon. The Wildcats placed third overall behind Rowan and Salisbury.
      The Wildcats return to action in two weeks when they head to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., on September 27. The women will start things off with an 11:00 a.m. gun, followed by the men.

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      From: "Brian Deutsch"
      Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:02:50 AM
      Subject: Gopher Cross Country: Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Sept. 25, 2014 

      Gopher Cross Country

      Contact: Brian Deutsch (612-269-5654)

            

      Gophers Host 29th Annual Griak Invitational

       

      Link: Griak Home (Schedule, Results)

       

      MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) Almost 400 competitors and 30 Division I programs are expected to compete in the 29th running of the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. 


      And this year’s team and individual titles are wide open for the taking. 


      Only five of the top ten teams in last year’s field return, highlighted by last year’s runner up Colorado State and third-place finisher Arizona. Michigan State also returns after finishing sixth last year while the Gophers and Missouri are both back in the field after finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 2013 edition of the Griak. 

      Defending team champion Brigham Young University will miss this year’s competition while the Cougars also lost last year’s individual winner – Tylor Thatcher – to graduation, meaning we’ll crown a new individual winner and team champion in 2014. 

      Minnesota, which won its first team Griak title in 2012, and four-time Griak champions Iowa State are the only teams in this year’s field to already host the meet crown. 

      The Cyclones are poised to pick up their fifth Griak title (their four titles are second most in Griak history behind only Wisconsin with 11) -- entering the event as one of four competing teams to hold national rankings in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.


      North Carolina leads all ranked teams in this year’s Griak, sitting in 19th while Texas comes in at No. 24. Iowa State is close behind in 27th while Colorado State -- the top returning team to this year’s field -- finds itself at No. 29 in the nation, according to the USTFCCCA poll on Sept. 23.

      The individual competition is equally wide open this Saturday with the top seven finishers from last year out of the picture including Minnesota’s John Simons (eighth, 24:33.0)

      Michigan State junior Caleb Rhynard is the top overall finisher from last year, having placed eighth in 2013 with a time of 24:40.0. The only other runner who finished in the top-10 set to return this year is Colorado State senior Andrew Goodman. Goodman ran a 24:40.6 in last year’s Griak to finish ninth in the Merrill Fischbein Men’s Gold Competition as a junior. 

      For the Gophers, it’s a new year and a new look as the cross country season gets underway.
       

      Minnesota lost its top three finishers to graduation after last season including NCAA All-Regional honorees Andrew Larsen and Derek Storkel


      Junior Adam Zutz is the team’s top returner from last season with a 56th-place finish and a time of 25:18.3 as a sophomore. Junior Alex Brend also returns to the Griak after factoring into the Gophers’ scoring one year ago with a 73rd-place finish and a time of 25:31.1. 


      The Maroon & Gold are coming off a team win at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sat., Sept. 13 with three runners posting top-10 finishes and all five scorers finishing in the top 16. 


      Aaron Bartnik enters the Griak as the defending Big Ten Athlete of the Week after leading the team in California with a runner-up finish of 24:07.1 for the eight-kilometer course -- a new personal record for the junior. 


      In fact, all eight Gopher runners at the meet posted new personal eight-kilometer records. 


      With a deep pool of talent, the Gophers’ 17-man roster will be pushing each other to earn a place in Minnesota’s starting rotation. 


      In addition to the above-mentioned competitors, Coon Rapids, Minn., native Blayne Dulian will lead the 2014 Gophers as team captain and the Maroon & Gold’s lone senior this season. 


      Juniors Matthew Jergenson and Christian Skaret also bring experience to the roster as do two redshirt sophomores in Riley and Cole O’Brien. 


      Five redshirt freshmen are also expected to compete for roster spots this season at Minnesota. Brad WoodfordWayde HallEric ColvinCharlie Lawrence and Matt Welch all competed as unattached runners in 2013 and will get their first taste of Gopher cross country this year. 

      Finally, Minnesota Director of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia has brought in a trio of local freshmen to bolster the roster in Obsa AliIsaiah Barlow and Sam Carlson.

      Between the youthful Gophers and a wide-open field, the 2014 Merrill Fischbein Men’s Gold Competition at the Roy Griak Invitational should prove to be one for the record books. 

      Up Next - Pair of Meets in Wisconsin

      Following the Griak, the Golden Gophers are off until mid-October when they'll head to Wisconsin for a pair of meets. One contingency of competitors will race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 17 in Madison while another group will be at the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Ettrick, Wis. 

       

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      Brian DeutschAssistant Director of Athletic Communications • Golden Gopher Athletics612.626.4011 (office) • 612.269.5654 (mobile)

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      From: "Paul Anthony Hurd"
      Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:19:57 PM
      Subject: Randy Gillon Hired as Illinois Women's Track Associate Head Coach

      For Immediate Release: Sept. 24, 2014

      SID Contact: Paul Hurd, C: 563.571.0118; O: 217.244.4982

      Link: http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/w-xctrack/spec-rel/092514aaa.html

       

      FIGHTING ILLINI WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

       

      Gillon Hired as Associate Head Coach for Women’s Track & Field

      Randy Gillon returns to Illinois

       

      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois women’s track & field head coach Ron Garner announced the hiring of Randy Gillon as associate head coach. Gillon, a former Illini hurdler, returns to Champaign after an eight-year stint as an assistant for Michigan State. He primarily worked with the Spartans’ sprinters and hurdlers, and assisted with the multi-events and middle-distance.

       

      “We are very excited to welcome Randy and his family back to Illinois,” said Garner. “I have a long relationship with Randy that dates back to his recruitment to Illinois. He has demonstrated the highest level of integrity and a great knowledge of the sport. He is a great teacher and coach, and I am looking forward to having him be a part of the Illini program.”

       

      While at Michigan State, Gillon served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s track & field teams. He coached nine NCAA Championship qualifiers, 30 NCAA Regional qualifiers and helped Spartan sprinters and hurdlers set 18 new school records.

       

      Prior to his time at Michigan State, Gillon served as an assistant coach at Illinois State for two years. His coaching resume also includes one year as a volunteer assistant with the Illini women’s track & field team.

       

      A former Illini runner himself, Gillon was a three-time letterman for the Orange and Blue. When he graduated, Gillon held the eighth-fastest time in the 110m hurdles.

       

      Gillon graduated from Illinois in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. In 2002, he earned his master’s degree in Biomechanics from Illinois.

       

      Randy is married to former Illini track & field standout Nicole Whitman, who holds the school record in the triple jump. She was an All-American and Big Ten champ in the event in 2002 and also garnered All-American status in the 400-meter relay. Randy and Nicole have been married since 2008 and have two daughters, Nia and Imani.

       

      “I am very humbled by the opportunity Coach Garner has given me to return to Illinois,” said Gillon. “I have such great respect for Coach Garner and the foundation that he has set for this program to become one of the best in the country, and I am ready to help contribute to its growth. As a former student-athlete, I take great pride in making this a special place for these student-athletes, just as it was for me. I look forward to helping make this program one of the most successful in the country, just as it has been in the past.”

       

      “Randy gives me a great deal of comfort as a coach,” explained Garner. “We have similar coaching philosophies which will make the transition an easy one. As a former student-athlete himself, Randy knows the University of Illinois and understands the rich history of this program. He has stayed connected to many alumni throughout the years. He is an excellent recruiter and knows the state of Illinois very well. The bottom line is, Randy knows how to get the job done the right way.”

        

       

      - ILLINI -

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      From: "Ryan Zimmerman"
      Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 10:46:20 AM
      Subject: MXC: Ohio State Runs at Roy Griak Invitational Saturday 

      Sept. 26, 2014

       

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Men’s Cross Country Contact: Ryan Zimmerman (zimmerman.364@osu.edu /614-247-7023)

       

      MXC: Ohio State Runs at Roy Griak Invitational Saturday

      More than 400 competitors and 30 Division I programs set to compete

       

      RELATED INFO

       

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 27, at the 29th Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn.

       

      Almost 400 competitors and 30 Division I programs are expected to compete at Les Bolstad Golf Course Saturday. Ohio State will bring seven athletes to Minnesota, led by junior Blake Taneff and freshmen Nick Elswick and Clayton Bowie.

       

      The Buckeyes are set to run in the Merrill Fischbein gold (Division I) competition at 1:20 p.m. ET. A complete recap will be available following the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

       

      Competing Teams

      Arizona State

      Boise State

      Cal

      Central Michigan

      Colorado State (No. 29/No. 5 MTN)

      Drake

      Grand Valley State

      Illinois

      Illinois State

      Iowa State (No. 27/No. 4 MW)

      Kansas

      Kentucky

      Marquette

      Michigan State

      Minnesota

      Missouri

      Nebraska

      North Carolina (No. 19/No. 4 SE)

      Ohio State

      South Dakota

      South Dakota State

      Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

      Southern Utah

      Texas (No. 24/No. 2 SC)

      Texas A&M (No. 3 SC)

      Texas-Arlington

      UMKC

      Utah State

      Vanderbilt

      Weber State

       

      Watch the Griak Invitational Live

      Flotrack will provide on-site live coverage of the Griak Invitational Saturday. Click the above link for more information.

       

      Buckeyes Ranked Sixth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings

      OSU ranked sixth in the Great Lakes regional rankings for the week of Sept. 22 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

       

      Seventh-ranked Indiana is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 20 Michigan, No. 36 Butler, Michigan State and the Buckeyes.

       

      Last Time Out

      Ohio State ran at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 13.

       

      The men of the Scarlet and Gray closed the meet with a team score of 92, finishing third overall. No. 20 Eastern Kentucky ran its ‘A’ team to a first-place score of 45, while No. 4 Oklahoma State featured several top runners on its way to a runner-up score of 48. Nick Elswick was the top finisher for OSU with a ninth-place time of 24:30.40 in the first 8k race of his career.

       

      Up Next

      Ohio State returns to action Oct. 18 at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.

       

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      Ketsia Dornevil
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      Ketsia Dornevil

      DORNEVIL LEADS THE WAY FOR BOTH SIDES, AS HORNETS WRAP UP SEASON WITH THE MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

      Courtesy DSU Athletic Media Relations
      Sun, November 02, 2014

      (Dover, Del.) – The Delaware State cross country program concluded  its 2014 campaign as hosts of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in wet, cold and windy conditions Saturday, with the women finishing sixth (202 points) and the men placing 11th (253 points).

      On the women’s side, Florida A&M captured its third straight title with 38 points, led bJudith Kibii’s second place finish (18:49.60) as one of three Rattler runners to place in the top 10.  Winning the race, meanwhile, was UMES freshman standout Barbora Blahutova with a time of 18:37.30. 

      In the case of DSU, Ketsia Dornevil crossed the finish line at 19:26.40 to place seventh to lead all Hornet runners.  The next best finisher for Delaware State was Nicole Gazzola with a time of 20:53.80 (32nd).    

      For the men, UMES came out on top with 45 points for its fifth overall MEAC title, led by top finisher Khali Rmidi Kinini (25:53.60).  The Hawks also had two other runners finish in the top 10 with Mark Tuwie placing fourth (27:13.50) and Derrick Cheruiyot finishing 10th (27:56.80).

      Leading the way for the Hornets, on the other hand, was Presten DeMarreau finishing 29th with a time of 29:44.50, while Irving Baker placed 45th (31:13.90) as the next best finisher.

      Coming up, DSU will turn its attention to the track & field season slated to begin on Dec. 5 with the Navy Invitational.
       

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