BALTIMORE, Md. – The Ursinus College women's track and field team kicked off the Centennial Conference Outdoor Championship with a light but PR-filled slate on the first of three days of competition at Johns Hopkins.
Junior Katherine Damato reset her personal best in two events and matched it in another to recover admirably from a disqualification in the first leg of the heptathlon, closing with a victory in the 200-meter dash to move into seventh place overall with 1636 points. Freshman Charley Darkes-Burkey (1929 points) found herself two spots higher in fifth with a consistent showing in her first taste of outdoor championship action.
Additionally, both Ursinus entrants shattered their previous collegiate records in the hammer throw.
Damato was disqualified for handling the hurdle in the 100-meter hurdles, but rebounded in a big way over the next three events. She started by equaling her personal best and taking fourth in the high jump (4-7.00), then followed with a new outdoor standard in the shot put, finishing in second place at 28-0.75. Damato ended her day with a bang, shaving almost a full second off her career best to win the 200-meter dash in 27.28 seconds.
Darkes-Burkey started the afternoon with fifth-place finishes both in the 100-meter hurdles (17.52) and high jump, in which she established a new outdoor best at 4-4.75, before capturing third in the shot put (27-1.00). Darkes-Burkey was fifth in the 200-meter dash (29.40).
In the hammer, sophomore Mikaela Bordonaro annihilated her previous collegiate benchmark with a heave of 94-5.00, good for 12th place overall and more than 23 feet farther than her former standard. It was just the second time competing in the event for Bordonaro, who was seeded 23rd. Classmate Briana Campbell added nearly six feet to her personal record with an 85-5.00 that landed her in 16th, six spots above her seed line.