Feb. 19, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's and women's track teams took part in the 2007 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, February 17th. The SJU men finished in sixth place in the 10-team field, while the women placed ninth of 12. The men's championship was taken by Rhode Island, and Charlotte took home the women's title. Two Hawks, senior Teddy Meyers and sophomore Brendan Kearney, earned First-Team All-Conference honors by winning conference championships.
For the Hawks, Meyers successfully defended his 5,000m title by running a 14:34.65 to take top honors once again. Kearney had the top 1,000m time in the Atlantic 10 this season, and followed up on that performance by taking the conference crown. His time of 2:29.09 was a half-second faster than the second-place finisher. Meyers also was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in the Distance Medley Relay, along with junior Matt Weaver and freshmen Brian Doherty and Jonathan Sclafani. Their time of 10:27.25 placed SJU second behind the squad from Richmond.
Also running well for the Saint Joseph's men were junior Bobby Staten and freshman Drew Brandt. Brandt ran a 6.85 in the 55m dash qualifying heat but failed to reach the finals. He then placed sixth in the 400m with a time of 51.15. Staten, meanwhile, ran the 55m in 6.40 seconds, the third-fastest time in the qualifying heats. He then ran a 6.46 in the finals to place sixth. Staten also placed sixth in the 200m, running a 22.54.
On the women's side, senior co-captain Valerie Ramirez broke the SJU record in the 55m hurdles once again, this time turning in a time of 8.39 to place fifth. This marks the third time this season that Ramirez has lowered the school's 55m hurdles record. Three Hawk relay squads also performed well at the meet. The 4x400 squad (seniors Amanda Guthridge and Julie Lentz and freshmen Nicole McMullen and Kierstin Quinn) placed third with a time of 3:57.53, just two-tenths off of the second-place time. The 4x800 relay (seniors Erin Kelly, Rebecca Powell, and Renee Spangler and freshman Anna Cushing) also took third, running a 9:29.95. Finally, the Distance Medley Relay group (senior Suzie McHenry, sophomore Katie Pencek, and freshmen Kristen Pierce and Caitlin Reusche) took fifth with a time of 12:31.63.
The NYU Last Chance meet this weekend will provide a final opportunity for Hawk runners to qualify for the ECAC/IC4A Championships. Those meets will be held in two weeks in Boston, MA.
Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships
1. Rhode Island 190
2. La Salle 162
3. Charlotte 143
4. Massachusetts 60
5. Fordham 51
6. Saint Joseph's 47
7. Richmond 38
8. Temple 37
9. Xavier 8
10. Saint Louis 1
Most Outstanding Track Performer: Sean Quigley, La Salle
Most Outstanding Field Performer: Yudehwheh Gbaa, Rhode Island
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Josh Louis, Temple
Coach of the Year: John Copeland, Rhode Island
1. Charlotte 167
2. Richmond 110
3. Rhode Island 86
4. La Salle 71
5. Duquesne 70
6. Dayton 64
7. Fordham 48
8. Temple 42
9. Saint Joseph's 30
10. Massachusetts 21
11. Saint Louis 17
12. Xavier 14
Most Outstanding Track Performer: Shareese Woods, Charlotte
Most Outstanding Field Performer: Kerstin Green, Fordham
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Amy Van Alstine, Richmond
Coach of the Year: Bob Olesen, Charlotte