The University of Dayton track and field program, fresh off its indoor Atlantic 10 Conference co-championship, claimed a big win to kick off the 2010 outdoor season on Saturday afternoon at the University of Cincinnati’s Early Bird Relays.
Dayton claimed five individual titles at the meet, three of which came from newly-minted All-American thrower, Mallory Barnes, as the team put up 112.5 team points to claim the team title at the combined meet.
Knocking off a Big East foe in the home-standing Bearcats, UD took advantage of its team depth to rack up a lot of points in an event with a unique scoring system. In the Early Bird Relays, which differs from many events, the must have the best combined time or mark from two of its own athletes to earn first-place points. The next team with the best combined time or mark would then earn second-place points and so on.
The running events kicked of at Gettler Stadium with senior Brittany Thomas scoring 2.75 points for the Flyers in the 100-meter dash with her ninth-place finish (12.53).
In the mid-distance events, UD was able to earn points in both the 400 and 800-meter events. Rookie Jada Henderson paced Dayton in the 400 with her fourth-place effort (59.15), and was followed by sophomore Rachel Weber (ninth, 1:00.59). In the 800, it was junior Brigitte Sherman (11th, 2:25.09) and sophomore Lindsey Cummings (13th, 2:25.59) teaming up to score for the Flyers.
Dayton also got strong finishes from its distance crew, as six athletes earned top-ten times in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter races.
Cummings scored in her second race of the day with her fifth-place finish in the 1,500 (4:52.65), while Sherman followed her closely in 4:53.77 to take sixth overall. In the 5K, junior Maureen Bulgrin took third (17:18.8) and paced the Flyers. Classmate Liz Coorey ran in fifth position for Dayton with her time of 17:29. Also in the top-ten were sophomores Emily Zimmerman (8th, 17:39.61) and Elissa Mason (9th, 18:00.0).
Back to the short track, hurdlers Chantee Mathews and Kelly Johnston also notched strong times for Dayton. Johnston scored a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:07.67, while Mathews placed ninth overall in the 100-meter event with her time of 15.87.
Dayton’s relay teams also got off to strong starts in the outdoor portion of the season. The 4x100 foursome of Thomas, Henderson, Lauren O’Brien and Lauren McCormick were able to win their event with a shared time of 47.75. In the 4x400, Weber, Henderson, Kate Tejkl and Ashley Cattran teamed up for a third-place result and an overall time of 4:07.75. Dayton’s second 4x400 crew, made up of Johnston, Emma Steinmetz, Sherman and Thomas, also scored a tenth-place result with a combined finish of 4:22.69.
The Flyers field team also did a good amount of scoring, which has been the case all season long.
Kicking off in the jumps, junior Tiffany Maske won the high jump event with a mark of 5-02.25, while senior Emily Krizmanic scored a fifth-place standing in the long jump with her distance of 16-07.75.
The A-10 champion, Katie Nageotte, placed second overall in the pole vault for the Flyers with her height of 11-09.75. Junior Pembroke Strickland finished fourth overall in the same event to also score for Dayton with her leap of 10-09.75.
Dayton’s throwers were also on top of their game, placing at least three athletes in the top-ten in four separate events.
Barnes was a winner in her outdoor shot put debut, recording a distance of 48-00.75 to place ahead of junior Johnna Zaccari (3rd, 45-04.25) and senior Molly McCarty (8th, 45-04.25).
In the discus throw, Barnes came out on top again with a mark of 145-05 to beat out fellow Flyers Christine Borchers (7th, 127-00) and McCarty (9th, 112-08).
Barnes was also a winner in the hammer throw event, letting fly with a distance of 179-03 to claim her third individual title of the day. She was, however, followed closely by classmate Kerry Allen who finished second by just two feet (177-09). Dayton’s McCarty also grabbed fifth-place in the event with her mark of 163-10.
Four Flyers managed top-ten finishes in the javelin throw, and senior Micailah Brock led the way with a second-place finish overall (121-11). Another senior, Steinmetz, was right on her tail with a third-place throw of 120-10. Senior Emily Krizmanic (7th, 100-09) and freshman Renee Otte (9th, 92-11) were also among the top finishers.
Dayton will return to action on Sat., March 27 at the University of South Carolina, where the team will compete at the Weems Baskin Relays. Stay tuned to DaytonFlyers.com next week for complete results and a recap of all the action as the Flyers strive towards a first-ever outdoor conference championship in 2010.