ECAC DIVISION III INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utica College freshman Lauren DeLude placed second in the 200-meter dash Saturday at the 2012 ECAC indoor championship meet at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center.
DeLude, a 2011 graduate of Herkimer High School, placed in the top 10 in each of her three events and helped the Pioneers to a program-best 12th-place finish in the team standings. She ran seventh in the 60-meter dash and finished sixth in the long jump competition.
Competing in the eighth and fastest heat in a field of 37 runners, DeLude covered the 200-meter course in 25.30 seconds, just five-100ths off her seed time. Brianna Wise, a Worcester State University junior who was seeded fastest at 24.40 seconds, set a meet record with her winning time of 24.69. The four runners in the final heat all finished among the top six times.
The previous meet record of 24.75 seconds had stood for 12 years.
DeLude qualified seventh in the 50-meter dash Friday then ran seventh again Saturday in the final. Sasha Henry from SUNY-Buffalo qualified first at 7.77 seconds then improved on her time and won Saturday at 7.69. DeLude ran 7.88 Friday and 7.89 Saturday. Colby College’s Annabelle Hicks, the second-fastest qualifier, was disqualified Saturday for a false start.
In the long jump, DeLude’s longest leap was the second of her six attempts, a distance of 5.35 meters or 17 feet, 6 3/4 inches. She was the highest finisher to not foul on any attempt. Tanasia Hoffler from Williams College won the event with a leap of 5.62 meters on her final attempt. Ithaca College’s Emma Dewart had the longest jump in the preliminary round, 5.39 meters, and passed on all three attempts in the finals while focusing on the high jump, a competition she won. Dewart finished fourth in the long jump.
Utica’s outdoor season begins March 24 at a meet hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports