Sprinters Shine on Day 2 of CC Champs

Sprinters Shine on Day 2 of CC Champs

BALTIMORE, Md. – A trio of strong sprinting performances gave the Ursinus College women's track and field team a solid showing on the second day of the Centennial Conference Outdoor Championship at Johns Hopkins, setting the Bears up for larger point totals as the meet concludes on Sunday.

The Bears earned nine points and reside in ninth place in the team standings.

Sophomore Catherine Buczek finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 1:06.09. Classmate Elizabeth Iobst took 10th place at 1:12.44.

Junior Jenna Kelly booked a spot in Sunday's 400-meter dash finals with a time of 1:02.22; that clocking was good for first in her heat and seventh overall.

Senior Erin Farrell will compete in a pair of sprinting finals on Sunday. She recorded a 13.59 to squeak out an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, edging the ninth-place runner by one hundredth of a second. Farrell's 200-meter dash was less stressful, her time of 26.81 good for fifth in the prelims and securing a shot at a third consecutive gold medal in the event.

Freshman Charley Darkes-Burkey (fifth) and junior Katherine Damato (sixth) each earned points for Ursinus in the heptathlon, with Darkes-Burkey accruing 3114 total points and Damato racking up 3097 despite being disqualified in Friday's first event.

Damato was second in the long jump (15-4.00), third in the javelin (76-9.00), and second in the 800-meter run (2:34.58). Darkes-Burkey took third in the long jump (14-11.50), seventh in the javelin (63-6.00), and fifth in the 800 (2:49.87).

The 4x800-meter relay squad comprised of sophomore Riley Engel, senior Samantha Innes, sophomore Audrey Simpson, and junior Lily Talerman picked up two points by crossing the line in seventh (10:53.19).

Sophomore Caroline Buckley registered a new collegiate best with a 16-3.25 en route to a 10th-place showing in the long jump.

Sophomore Briana Campbell led three Bears in the discus, placing 10th at 99-10.00.