Womens Track and Field: Irish fall just short at Big East Championships, finish 2nd
BY HEATHER VAN HOEGARDEN
The Notre Dame womens track and field team could not overcome Miami's domination in the sprints, as the Irish placed second in the Big East Championships by scoring 126 points to Miami's 166. Miami won individual championships in the 100 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 200 and 400 meters.
Pittsburgh (94), Syracuse (70), Villanova (62) and Georgetown (62) rounded out the rest of the top six.
In the distance events, freshman Molly Huddle was the Irish highlight, as she won the 5,000 meters easily (15:58.51), finishing seven seconds ahead of second-place finisher Mary Cullen of Providence. In the same race, Jennifer Handley took fourth.
Meanwhile, in the field, Emily Loomis won the individual high jump title, clearing 1.75 meters. Loomis finally got an individual championship after finishing in the top three at the last three conference meets. Loomis added the honor to her first team all-Big East volleyball and Big East Most Outstanding Player award given to volleyball players.
Also in the jumps, Tameisha King won the long jump. She proceeded to take third in the 100-meter hurdles, good enough for all-Big East honors.
However, the 4x100 meter relay team's effort to three-peat was thwarted, as they took third in 45.80. The team of Tanya Cheatham, Kristen Dodd, Ayesha Boyd and Kymia Love was good enough for all-Big East honors.
Lauren King also earned all-Big East honors in the 1,500 meters, as she was edged by Georgetown's Treniere Clement at the finish. Clemet finished in 4:18.57, while King ended up with a time of 4:18.85.
However, the season is not over yet for the team. A final outdoor tune up, the Georgia Tech Invitational, is scheduled for next weekend in Atlanta. The NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio is set for two weeks later, May 30 and 31, and that meet will feature several Irish qualifiers. The NCAA Championship begins June 11.
in Sacramento, Calif.
All Sports Stories for Friday, July 11, 2003