Matthews Sets NCAA Pace in 3000m Run as BU Opens Indoor Season

GO TERRIERS Katie Matthews was nearly 52 seconds faster than the second-place competitor in the 3,000m run.
Katie Matthews was nearly 52 seconds faster than the second-place competitor in the 3,000m run.

Jan. 17, 2013

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Paced by graduate student Katie Matthews' NCAA-best time of 9:14.71 in the 3,000m run, the Boston University women's track and field team opened its 2013 indoor season at the Multi-Team Meet on Thursday night at the Track and Tennis Center.

The Terriers swept all four of their dual meets, as they defeated Boston College (83-53), Sacred Heart (77-74), Tufts (82-42) and UMass Lowell (76-75).

Matthews easily bested the mark of 9:18.17 set by Rachel Soma of Cornell on Jan. 12. She was nearly 52 seconds faster than the second-place competitor. Matthews was less than two seconds shy of setting a new school record, but Marisa Ryan's mark of 9:12.83 is still best.

The Terriers also dominated both the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles. BU boasted the top three finishers in the 60m hurdles, with senior Nikko Brady turning in the top time of 8.77 seconds, which is also an America East best. Freshman Sophie Jacsurak had a strong collegiate debut to finish second (8.92), while senior Julia Mirochnick (9.15) placed third. Sophomore Gemma Acheampong finished first in the 60m dash with a time of 7.71 seconds.

Senior Nikki Long was fantastic in the 1,000m run as she bested the rest of the field by more than five seconds with a conference-best time of 2:53.04. In the 4x400m relay, the team of sophomore Amber Muhammed, Victoria Perez, Carolyn Maynard and Mirochnick placed second with a time of 3:57.01. Muhammed also finished third in the 500m dash (1:19.33).

In the field events Brady earned her second win of the evening when she claimed first in the long jump with a leap of 5.64m. Sophomore Tessa Runels earned a victory in the triple jump (11.40m) to go with her third-place finish in the long jump (5.31m). Freshman Calina Glynn was second in the pole vault (2.60m), while senior Susan Ottey (15.57m) earned a second-place finish in the weight throw. In the shot put, junior Chelsea Curry picked up a point for the Terriers with a toss of 12.52m.

The women's team will be back in action on Jan. 25, while the men's team will take to the TTC the following day when BU hosts the Terrier Classic.



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