Maureen Bulgrin celebrates with Head Coach Adam Steinwachs after the distance medley relay team won on Friday
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Dayton - 1st of 12
Final Point Total: 161
KINGSTON, R.I. –
The University of Dayton women’s track and field team earned its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship, edging the Charlotte 49ers by a two-point margin (161-159) at Mackal Fieldhouse on Saturday.
“This team wanted to win and the effort and overachievement from everyone was special,” Dayton Head Coach Adam Steinwachs said. “I am so proud of our team, not just for winning, but for winning with character.”
Senior All-American Mallory Barnes earned Most Outstanding Field Performer after a first-place finish in the weight throw (68-02.25) on Friday and a second-place throw on Saturday in the shot put (47-10.00). It is the second consecutive year that Barnes has earned this honor.
Senior Maureen Bulgrin continued her dominance in distance events, earning her the title of the A-10’s Most Outstanding Track Performer. She claimed the A-10 meet record in the 3000m with a time of 9:42.87. On Friday, she helped the distance medley relay team (11:41.51) break another A-10 meet record, and she also repeated as the top time in the 5000m (16:52.44) for the second consecutive year.
Steinwachs also repeated as the A-10’s Women’s Coach of the Year. Steinwachs’ teams have consistently improved each year since he arrived at UD in 2007. They have captured the A-10 Indoor Championships for two years in a row and have finished second or better in each of the A-10 Indoor Championships during his tenure.
Dayton had first place finishes in six (3000m, 5000m, Weight Throw, High Jump, Pole Vault and Distance Medley Relay) of 20 events in the championship and top-three finishes in nine (200m, 800m, 3000m, 5000m, Weight Throw, High Jump, Shot Put, Pole Vault and DMR) of the events.
A week removed from her first A-10 Rookie of the Week honor, freshman Brittani Reid was crowned champion in the high jump. Reid cleared a height of 5-07.00, which was two inches higher than the second place jump of Rhode Island’s Shannon Meehan.
Senior Courtney Siebenaller captured her second A-10 Championship in three years in the pole vault. Siebenaller cleared a height of 12-01.50. Katie Nageotte, last year’s A-10 Champion, reached 11-09.75 for second place. Senior Pembroke Strickland took fourth place in the pole vault. Strickland cleared 11-03.75.
The DMR team consisting of Liz Coorey, Rachel Weber, Ashley Cattran and Bulgrin edged Charlotte’s team by four seconds with a first-place time of 11:41.51. Their time was a new meet record, snapping Charlotte's record of 11:53 set in 2009.
Sophomore Jada Henderson earned second place in the 200 meter dash. Henderson ran the event in a time of 25.36. Senior Ashley Cattran was third in the 800 meter run. Cattran completed the event with a time of 2:14.36 and was less than a half of a second off the pace of 2:13.90 set by Tonney Smith from Temple.
Freshman Lizzie Gleason finished fourth in the one mile run with a time of 4:58.58. Senior Liz Coorey was fifth, finishing in a time of 4:59.54. Coorey also had a fifth place finish in the 3000m (9:50.16).
In the 5000m, junior Emily Zimmerman placed fifth (17:06.50). Kerry Allen placed second in the weight throw coming in at a distance of 63-00.25.
Dayton had additional support in the shot put. On top of Barnes mark of 47-10.00, senior Johnna Zaccari came in third with a distance of 46-05.00. Sophomore Christine Borchers was fourth with a throw of 45-00.25.
UD’s 4x800 team placed fourth and was two-tenths of a second from earning a spot on the podium as one of the championship’s top three teams. Freshman Maddi Schmidt was fourth in the pentathlon with a final score of 2936.
The Flyers return to action on March 4 and 5 at the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind. The invitational is a “Last Chance Qualifier” for the NCAA Indoor Championships that will be held in College Station, Texas on March 10-12.
2011 A-10 Track and Field Awards
Men's Coach of the Year: John Copeland, Rhode Island
Women's Coach of the Year: Adam Steinwachs, Dayton
Men's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Nick Ross, La Salle
Women's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Ciera Ginyard, Charlotte
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Jacob Keeling, Rhode Island
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performers: Mallory Barnes, Dayton
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Darius Law, Charlotte
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Maureen Bulgrin, Dayton
Women - Team Rankings - 20 Events Scored
1) Dayton 161
2) Charlotte 159
3) Rhode Island 105
4) Duquesne 66
5) St. Louis U. 65
6) Temple 61
7) UMass Amherst 40
8) Fordham 32
9) La Salle 29
10) St. Joseph's (Pa.) 24
11) Richmond 23
12) Xavier (Ohio) 15