Cross Country, NCAA, Sports

Terriers combine for 23 top-10 finishes during three different meets

In a weekend of three different meets, the Boston University women’s track team recorded 13 top-10 finishes in locations spread across the country. BU sent athletes to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., and one closer to home in the George Davis Invitational in Lowell.

The Terriers only had one runner finish in the top 10 in Stanford, as sophomore Rosa Moriello placed ninth in the 5000-meter run. Moriello’s time of 16:11.61 trailed eighth-place finisher Kayleigh Tyerman of Florida State University by less than two seconds and first-place finisher Betsy Graney of Grand Valley State University by just under 15 seconds.

At the Florida Relays, BU had more success with more athletes competing in the meet. The Terriers had two fourth-place finishes in the meet, sophomore Monica Adler in the 1500-meter run and junior Allison Barwise in the high jump. Adler finished her race in a time of 4:22.29, fewer than four seconds behind champion Brittany Copeland of East Carolina University.

Barwise’s jump of 1.75 meters in the women’s high jump was .12 meters behind high jump champion Tynita Butts, also of East Carolina.

However, Barwise had another successful event, as she was a part of the 4×100-meter shuttle hurdle team that finished fifth in its race. The Orange, Conn., native was joined by fellow juniors Nikko Brady, Catherine Milledge and Julia Mirochnick, who combined to finish the race in 58.19 seconds.

BU had most of its success at the George Davis Invitational on Saturday, especially in the shot put event. Sophomore Sarah Dillard finished fourth in the event with a distance of 12.59 meters, while fellow sophomore Chelsea Curry finished fifth with a 12.16-meter toss.

Dillard wasn’t done with just her shot put success, as she finished third in the discus throw with a toss of 39.68 meters. She also finished top-10 in the hammer throw with a distance of 43.00 meters.

In the track events, junior Marita Stressenger finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:09.24, while freshman Victoria Perez finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.20.

BU’s next race is in Providence, R.I., where it will participate in the Brown Invitational on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the BU men’s track team went on the same trips as the women’s team, and while it did not finish with more top-10 finishes than the women’s team, it had the highest-placed BU athletes of the weekend.

At the George Davis Invitational, sophomore Connor Sullivan had the best finish of any Terrier on the weekend when he finished second in the high jump with a leap of 2.00 meters.

Also performing well in field events were freshman Ethan Knight, who finished third in discus with a throw of 44.47 meters, and senior Jeff Pelage, who finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 43.31 meters.

Pelage, who played on the men’s basketball team this year, also finished 11th in the shot put with a toss of 13.32 meters.

Junior R.J. Page and senior Matt Pereira each competed in the 100-meter dash at the Florida Relays this weekend, finishing with times of 10.68 seconds and 11.04 seconds respectively. Page, a member of the America East All-Academic Team last year, also finished 19th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.98 seconds.

Sophomore Rich Peters was the only Terrier to compete at the Stanford Invitational, where he finished fourth in the 5000-meter race with a time of 13:56.89. Peters’ time was just more than four seconds behind Air Force’s Jim Walmsley, who won the race with a time of 13:52.87.

Like the women’s team, the men’s track team next competes in the Brown Invitational on Saturday.

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