May 15, 2014, PRINCETON, N.J. (ISN) – Thirteen members of the Colonial Athletic Association champion University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field team will look to continue their dream season this weekend when they compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.
A total of 20 Delaware student-athletes qualified for the regional meet but 13 will make the short trip north to compete this weekend as several are nursing injuries or meeting academic commitments.
Action gets underway on Friday, May 16, for the Blue Hens with CAA discus champion Alana Pantale beginning competition at 5 p.m. Over two hours later, Delaware distance standouts Michelle Lambert and Katrina Steenkamer will race in the 5,000 meters at 7:40 p.m. Closing out the night for the Blue Hens will be Katie Deinert in the 10,000 meters at 8 p.m. Dienert was the CAA runner-up in the event two weeks ago.
A full day of competition is on top for Saturday as Latoya James runs in the 100 meter hurdles trials at 11:15 a.m. and the semifinals at 12:25 p.m., Amira Idris takes part in the long jump at 12 noon, Lindsay Prettyman runs in the 800 meter trials at 12:50 p.m., Pantale competes in the hammer at 2 p.m., and the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Betsy Erlanger, Emily Gispert, Shanel Dickens, and Melissa Mazzo competes in the trials at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Kelsey Evancho competes in the high jump at 10 a.m., Paige Morris takes part in the triple jump at 11 a.m., and Pantale sees action in the shot put at 12:30. In addition, finals will be held in the 100 meter hurdles (12:50 p.m.), 800 meters (1:30 p.m.), and 4 x 800 meter relay (2:50 p.m.)
Prettyman was the CAA Outstanding Track Performer at the CAA meet as she won both the 800 and 1,500 meter races; Idris won the CAA long jump championship; and James won the 100 meter hurdles title; Morris was the triple jump champion.
Three Blue Hens earned All-East honors at the ECAC meet a year ago when James placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, Idris was fifth in the long jump and ninth in the triple jump, and Morris was eighth in the triple jump.
Among the student-athletes not taking part in the ECAC championships are the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Tyler Jackson, James, Paige Thompson-Charles, and Chelsi Campbell and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Breanna Nicholson, Kelley Donovan, Alexandra Carroll, and Campbell.