Terrier Twelve - #3: Track & Field Teams Shine on National Stage

GO TERRIERS Graduate student Katie Matthews was a three-time All-Americna in 2013.
Graduate student Katie Matthews was a three-time All-Americna in 2013.

Aug. 2, 2013

This summer, GoTerriers.com is counting down the top 12 achievements of Boston University teams and student-athletes in 2012-13. Check back each Tuesday and Friday as we reveal this year's Terrier Twelve.

Coming in at No. 3 in this year's Terrier Twelve is the men's and women's track & field teams' continued athletic and academic success on the national stage.

Four different Terriers combined to earn six USTFCCCA All-America selections, three of which were garnered by graduate student Katie Matthews. She became the first Terrier athlete, male or female, to receive three All-America nods in one calendar year. Matthews' historic season included two First Team All-America distinctions and was not limited to on-track accomplishments. The Rocky Hill, Conn., native was named America East Woman of the Year and America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year thanks to her work in the classroom and in the community.

In addition to Matthews, senior Allison Barwise was also an All-American during the indoor season. She advanced to the NCAA Championships in the high jump and was named a Second Team All-American. During the outdoor season, junior Rich Peters advanced to the national semifinal of the 1,500m run and was an Honorable Mention All-American. Graduate student Zachary Ray advanced to the national semifinal of the 400m hurdles and earned Second Team All-America accolades in his first and only year with the Terriers.

Seniors Nikko Brady and R.J. Page joined Matthews and Ray as USTFCCCA All-Academic Team selections as all four athletes maintained a grade-point average of 3.25 or better while also excelling on the track. The men's and women's squads were collectively honored as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams as they achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and were among the highest placing teams at the NCAA Championships.

Seven school records fell in 2013, including two relay records at the ECAC/IC4A Championships. The 4x400m relay team of senior Julia Mirochnick, junior Carolyn Maynard, sophomore Gemma Acheampong and freshman Jade Paul finished the race with a time of 3:47.14, breaking a four-year-old record. The following afternoon, the 4x400m relay team of Page, Ray, freshman David Lagerberg and senior Tewado Latty finished the meet with a school record time of 3:08.41, which is also the fastest 4x400m relay of any New England school in history.

In addition to those marks, Matthews set three new school standards while Page and Peters each broke their own school record in the 200m dash (indoor) and 1,500m run, respectively. Page was equally excellent with regard to academics, as he earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was an America East Winter Scholar-Athlete.

Nine individuals and a relay team had the top conference mark in an event to finish either the indoor or outdoor campaign, with six athletes leading the America East in an event during both seasons. Page and Latty had the top time in the 200m dash and the 400m dash, respectively, in both seasons and were part of the 4x400m relay team that was first during the indoor season. Matthews bested conference competition in four different events in 2013 while Ray had three conference bests to his name, including two during the outdoor season.

Freshman Reuben Horace was tops in the conference in the weight throw (indoor) and hammer throw (outdoor) and advanced to the NCAA East prelims in his debut year. Barwise led the America East in both the high jump and the indoor pentathlon while Brady posted the top time in both the 60m hurdles and 110m hurdles.

The Track and Tennis Center played host to one of the most exciting miles of the season in January at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational. U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp wowed the capacity crowd with a time of 3:50.92 in his bid to break the American indoor record of 3:49.89. Peters ran a sub-4:00 mile as an unattached competitor while sophomore Stuart Ross set a blistering pace for the elite field.

The Terrier Twelve

No. 4 - Women's Soccer Wins Terrier Cup

No. 5 - Women's Basketball Earns Postseason Win

No. 6 - Women's Rowing Wins CAA Championship

No. 7 - Two Wrestlers Reach Top of CAA Podium

No. 8 - Golf Team Completes Best Season in Program History

No. 9 - All-Americans, Save % Champ Pace Field Hockey

No. 10 - Third Place Finish at Eastern Sprints Highlights Men's Rowing Season

No. 11 - Parker Era Closes with Hockey East Run

No. 12 - Men's Basketball Develops Into Postseason Squad



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