The Boston College men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the 2017 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend, returning home with a number of new personal and program records.
The men’s 4x400m relay team set a new program record, completing the relay in 3:11.00. The previous record (3:11.9) was set 50 years ago, in 1967.
In addition to breaking the longstanding program record, 4 Eagles on the men’s team set new personal bests. Senior Obinna Nwankwo, who was on the record breaking relay team, also set a personal best in the 200m, running it in 22.02. The other 3 personal bests were all set by sophomores in the opposite of a sophomore slump. Benjamin Osipow ran the 3000m steeplechase in 9:23.21, earning a 9th place finish in addition to a new personal record. Sean Burke came in 10th in the 5K with a personal best time of 14:19.68, and Matthew Morano finished the 800m with his new fastest time of 1:52.24.
For the women’s program, Julia Barron broke a 19 year old Boston College record, finishing the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.68. She also set a new personal best in the 100m hurdles, finishing in 14.99. The women’s 4x400m relay team also had a successful tournament, finishing the relay with the 2nd best time in Boston College history (3:42.65).
A number of members of the women’s team came away from weekend with new personal bests as well. Emma Taylor finished the 400m hurdles in 1:01.19 and the 100m hurdles in 14.84, both of which are her fastest times to date. Julia Lyons and Monica Heil both ran personal bests in the 200m, finishing in 25.30 and 25.61 respectively. Ashbrook Gwinn set a new personal record in the 5K after finishing the race in 17:22. Anna Atkinson set a number of personal records in the heptathlon, finishing the 100m hurdles in 14.83, throwing the shot put 10.02m, and running the 200m in 25.95. Atkinson earned a career high 4542 points in the heptathlon.
The women’s team had a particularly strong showing in the javelin event this year, as Senior Fallyn Boich and freshman Amanda Sinkewicz both advanced to the finals. The ended up coming in 8th and 9th place respectively, and Sinkewicz’s 41.06m result was a personal best.
Next up are the NCAA East Preliminaries, which will be held in Lexington, Kentucky from May 25-27.