April 23rd, 2013

BU's Frith, O'Bannon set school records

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

BU's Frith, O'Bannon set school records
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The Bellarmine University track and field teams competed at the University of Kentucky's “Heart of the Bluegrass” Meet—the first competition held at UK's new $13 million facility—this weekend, with Bellarmine athletes coming away with two NCAA provisional marks.

In the 5,000 meters, Emily Frith set a new school record while establishing an NCAA provisional time of 17:08.78.  That time also marks the best time this season among Great Lakes Valley Conference competitors.

Kaysee O'Bannon continued her outstanding freshman campaign with a time of 24.41 in the 200 meters, which broke the school record of teammate Meghan Jones and recorded an NCAA provisional time.  O'Bannon previously set a provisional mark as part of the 4x100 relay team.

Other top performances included:

Robert Sandlin, Jr. earned a conference best in the 800m (1:54.41) with his third place finish in the event at University of Kentucky's 'Heart of the Bluegrass' meet. Teammate Josh Farmer added a personal best of his own (1:55.52) in the same race, giving him one of the GLVC's top marks in the 800 meters as well.

Maggie Wagner captured a win in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the HofB meet with a personal best, and conference leading time (11:29.91) for the event

Both men's and women's 4x400 relay teams showed well, each with competitive runner-up finishes to the host UK teams.

The women earned three of the top five places in the 400 intermediate hurdles at the "HofB" meet, led by Maddie Roark who captured a runner-up finish (1:03.80). Teammates Nora Bowe and Tori Goodwin added fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively, giving the squad the top three marks on the GLVC's ranking list for that event.

The Knights got a 'heat' win in the 800 meters from senior Allison Echler, who recorded a collegiate best 2:20.49, giving the squad yet another top conference mark in that event. The Knights now hold seven of the top nine marks on the conference ranking list in the 800 meters, including the top four performances to date.

The men's squad got a 3-4-5 finish in the 200 meters, led by a heat win, and third place overall finish for James Greenlee, who recorded a personal best 22.48 effort . Greenlee was followed by Nate McKinney, and freshman Cody Oldham with marks of 22.49, and 22.64.

Thrower, Judith Albanese earned top placings in two events, recording a personal best in the hammer (42.06m - 138-0), and adding a strong effort in the javelin (31.86m - 104-6) where she ranks among the conference's top throwers.


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