CORAL GABLES, Fla. - For the third time during their outdoor campaign, the Florida Atlantic University track and field competed at the University of Miami, in Saturday's UM Hurricane Collegiate Invitational, with runner-up finishes by Christina Schultz (in the 3,000 meters) and Liz Wellman (1,500 meters) highlighting multiple top showings.
- Wellman led three top-10 efforts in the 1,500, with a time of 4:42.27. Bethany Hardcastle was sixth at 4:48.86 and Carydaliz Fontanez seventh at 4:50.70, a personal best
- In that same race, Sophia Clark (4:55.37), Morgan Graff (5:11.27) and Kelsey Meltzer (5:13.75) also achieved PR's
- Schultz ran an 11:08.84 in the 3,000
- The next highest individual was Anne-Catherine Wasser, fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:00.32), yet another best (and just hundredths of a second out of fifth place all-time)
- Sherline Valentin achieved a PR in the 200 (24.93) and finished sixth in the 400 (55.38)
- The 800 meter saw three top-10's - Megan Giovanniello (fifth, 2:16.45, moving up a slot to 11th all-time), Fontanez (seventh, 2:17.98) and Erica Lersch (eighth, 2:18.03) - and three new bests: Giovaniello, Christina Humphries (2:24.80) and Brooke Butterfield (2:25.94)
- The 4x400 meter relay team of Fontanez, Wellman, Hardcastle and Giovanniello ran fifth, crossing in 4:15.82
- For the men, Hermano Cherilus lowered his 800-meter PR to 2:04.14, and three Owls finished in succession in the 3,000: Jonathan Werble (fourth, 9:19.73), John Marting (fifth, 9:20.74) and Sean Barone (sixth, 9:23.75)
"It was a great experience for our student-athletes to compete against multiple-time national champion LSU, as well as national powerhouses Miami and UNC, as well as local DI programs Bethune-Cookman, FAMU and FIU," said Head Coach Alex Smolka. "It was a high-quality meet, and it was exciting to see our team members step up and compete on this type of stage under the bright lights of ESPN3. We are looking forward to a great two weeks of training before we close our regular season at UNF on Friday, April 27."
That one-day meet in Jacksonville, on April 27, is the North Florida Invitational, the final meet of the outdoor regular season.