Herrick qualifies for NCAAs

The College recorded several Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifiers and an NCAA qualifier over the weekend in Durham, N.C., and Princeton on Friday and Saturday.

At the Duke University Asics Invitational, athletes from all NCAA divisions competed in the same events.

Leading the way for the College was sophomore Stephanie Herrick, who posted an NCAA provisional mark of 2:13.45 and took 10th place in the 800 meters. Herrick was the top Division III runner in the field of 50.

“It was a great experience to run at Duke,” Herrick said. “Most of the competition was from big Division I schools, and it all got me more excited to run.”

“I went out a little too fast and would have liked to run a second faster,” Herrick said, “but I am still happy. I wanted to get into the race and compete with some good competition, and I think I did.”

Senior Angela Tecco took 25th place in the same race with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:16.94.

Continuing the trend of ECAC qualifiers was junior Jessica Bonelli, who captured 14th place in the 400 meters at 58.46.

Freshman Kristen Tricocci had an ECAC qualifying mark of 5.19 meters in the long jump for 21st place.

Bonelli, Tecco and Tricocci teamed with freshman Jianna Spadaccini in the 4×400 for an ECAC time of 4:02.10.

The men’s 4×100 team, comprised of junior Wes Friedman, sophomore Rob McGowan and freshmen Lee Jones and Steve Murray, also qualified for the ECAC with a ninth-place finish at 43.39 seconds.

McGowan also recorded ECAC qualifiers in the 200 meters and the 4×400 meter team event. McGowan qualified in the 200 meters with a time of 49.20 seconds. He teamed up with Murray, sophomore Woodrow Prevard and freshman DeShard Stevens for a time of 3:22.42.

Friedman and Jones barely missed another ECAC worthy time, with Friedman clocking in at 11.27 seconds in the 100 meters and Jones finising with a time of 22.26 in the 200 meters.

On the second day of competition, the College visited Princeton University for the Sam Howell Invitational. The Lions continued their success against competition that also included athletes from all three NCAA divisions.

Three Lions placed in the top 20 of the 1,500 meters, as sophomore Chris Guerriero finished in 10th place with a time of 4:05.29, while sophomore Greg Bull snatched 13th at 4:05.73. Junior Galen Johnson rounded out the Lions with a 17th-place finish, with a time of 4:07.12.

In other men’s events, sophomore Dan Mitchell took home 13th place in the javelin with a toss of 46.68 meters.

Junior Andy Lim clocked in a 16.85 in the 110-meter hurdles for a 12th place finish. Junior Otto Katt brought home 10th place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.63 seconds. In the triple jump, senior Colin Pierce obtained an 11th place finish with a distance of 12.77 meters.

For the women, junior Sara Best also had a huge day, as she was the top Division III runner in the 800 meters. Best finished with a time of 2:19.93, taking 14th place in the race.

Sophomore Kristen Gerbehy placed 15th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.91.

In the women’s javelin, freshman Ann Behrens took 16th place with a distance of 27.96 meters.

The Lions will host their first meet of the season, the New Jersey Invitational, on Saturday.