Select athletes from the Binghamton track and field squads competed in eight events at the ECAC/IC4A Outdoor Championships over the weekend, with the women placing 40th out of 54. The men did not place.
The three-day event, which was hosted by Princeton at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium, began on Friday and continued through Sunday.
Junior Alexis Murray was the only Binghamton athlete to participate in the finals round of an event. She finished fourth overall in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 12.48 meters, earning all five of Binghamton’s team points.
“I think [Murray’s] distance looks good to make it to the regional championships in two weeks, but I’ll know for sure in a few days,” BU head coach Mike Thompson said.
Juniors Kathleen Klein and Erika Kisel, senior Jessica Hennig and sophomore Emily Taussig excelled in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, taking eighth in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 3:44.36, though they did not run in the finals on Sunday.
With their time, the quartet broke Binghamton’s previous school record of 3:47.47, set in 2007.
“The women’s four by four ran exceptionally well,” Thompson said. “Our girls broke the school record by three seconds … so that was very exciting.”
Klein, Taussig and Kisel, along with sophomore Alexx Baum, also ran for the 4×100 meter relay trials, but did not qualify for the finals after placing 17th overall with a time of 47.44 seconds.
Other BU contestants on the women’s squad included freshman Jacqueline Huben, who finished 16th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase event with a time of 10:50.87, and freshman Kierra Arthur, who participated in the 100 meter hurdles (14.97).
On the men’s side, senior Adam Helman competed in the men’s pole vault event, clearing 4.80 meters for 10th, which he shared with three other contenders. In the 110-meter hurdles, BU was represented by freshman Cameron Black, and freshman Jon King competed in the men’s high jump. No one from the BU men’s squad qualified for Sunday’s finals.
This year’s ECAC/IC4A Championships marked the 137th men’s IC4A and the 30th women’s ECAC. The women’s title was secured by Connecticut, which finished with a score of 73, ahead of Maryland-Eastern Shore’s second-place score of 53. Cornell captured the men’s championship with a final score of 68, while BYU took second with a score of 56.
Next on the Bearcats’ schedule is the NCAA East Regional Outdoor Meet, a three-day event set to begin Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.