April 5th, 2013

BU track & field impressive in outdoor debut

Staff Report

BU track & field impressive in outdoor debut
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

The Bellarmine University men's and women's track and field teams opened the outdoor season by sending athletes to the Austin Peay Invitational in Clarksville, Tenn., and the Emory Invitational in Atlanta.

The Knights turned in a multitude of outstanding performances in both meets as coach Jim Vargo cited that the times were more impressive considering it was the first meet of the season.

Tori Goodwin broke three freshman school records in her outdoor debut, setting marks in the 100-meter hurdles (15.57 seconds), 400 hurdles (1:06.22), and triple jump (10.50 meters). Meanwhile, fellow rookie Courtney McIntyre won the shot put with a throw of 12.74 meters, winning Great Lakes Valley Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Senior Nora Bowe took the high jump and the 100 hurdles, breaking the school record in the latter. Other records that fell during the meet were Madison Roark, lowering her mark in the 400 hurdles (1:03.44) and freshmen Kaysee O'Bannon setting a new freshman record in the 100 dash (12.34).

Judith Albanese and Angela Musk were the only other women to pick up wins, with Albanese taking top honors in the javelin and Musk in the 300.

On the men's side the Knights turned in a dominating performance in the 3,000, where Bellarmine had the top seven finishers, led by senior Robert Sandlin Jr.'s first-place finish. Josh Farmer (1,500 in 4:10.96) and James Greenlee (400 in 50.86) were also able to pick up individual wins for BU.

Wes Fehrenbacher took home first place in the discus with a toss of 43.18.

Taking only their men's sprinters to Emory, Vargo was impressed with the performance of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams that were close to school records in both events. The 4x100m relay made of William Saucer  Nathan McKinney  Sean Klosterman and Damar Williams finished fourth in  42.59, just off the school record 41.55 set last year by the same group.

McKinney and Klosterman were joined by freshmen Cody Oldham and Collin Flannagan on the 4x400, finishing runner-up in a 3:16.53.

This weekend Bellarmine will have the luxury of running on their home track at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium when they host the Bellarmine Invitational on Saturday. Throws events will start at 9 a.m.with stadium events beginning at 10:30.



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