Eastern shows strong performance at Indiana relays

Mark Shanahan, Staff Reporter

Eastern men and women’s track and field teams set three top ten records this weekend at the Indiana Relays.

It was a Division I meet, but team scores were not recorded.

For the women, senior Katie Ryan came in fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.82 seconds that placed her eighth all time in school history.

Sophomore Rachel Garippo also is eighth all time in school history with her time of 10:10.49 in the 3000-meter run.

Junior Kristen Paris placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.65 seconds that placed her third overall in school history.

Paris was also on the 4×400 meter relay that featured juniors Amina Jackson, Dhiaa Dean and sophomore Camelia Nicholson. The Panther trio took third place. Their time of 3:50.19 placed them fifth all time in school history.

Coach Tom Akers said Dean had a strong performance at the end of the relay and also in the 600-meter run.

She captured first place with a time of 1:34.19 seconds in the 600. That is less than two seconds off her previous school record.

For the men, junior Norvel Mohammed now ranks eighth all time in school history with his time of 21.66 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

He placed fourth at the meet with that time. Mohammed also broke a school mark in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.87 seconds. He is now fourth all time in the 400.

The men were the only team to have three people in the 60-meter finals. Jamal Robinson, Jonathon Boey and Christian Ilunga-Matthiesen were the three finalists for Eastern.

Sophomore Julie James had her best mile time this year with a time of 5:04.70 seconds. She finished 16th with that time and teammate Kristen Rohrer also placed.

Sophomore Bryn Buckwalter finished in the 7th place in the shot put and junior Zane Chapman came in 11th for the men.

Akers said they still need to get a little more ready to compete mentally and that some of the athletes are starting to come around.

He said a couple people are battling injuries and that they need to work with the head trainer to get ready.

Both the men and women will compete in a two-day event at the Notre Dame Meyo this upcoming weekend.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].