Blackburn Eclipses Pentathlon Record as Panthers Compete at ECACs

Hannah Blackburn broke a 15-year old school record this weekend in the heptathlon.
Hannah Blackburn broke a 15-year old school record this weekend in the heptathlon.

Sophomore Hannah Blackburn (Chapel Hill, N.C.) broke her own school record she set just two weeks ago in the pentathlon, highlighting the Panther indoor track teams' results during the ECAC Championships. The meet, comprised of more than 60 men's and 60 women's teams, was held at the 168th Street Armory in New York City and was hosted by NYU, as athletes looked to qualify and better their respective marks for next weekend's NCAA Championships.

During the women's competition, Blackburn earned All-ECAC honors with her seventh-place finish in the heptathlon. She set a school record with 2,931 points, including a runner-up showing in the long jump covering 16'7.25" for 576 points.

Other top-20 performances were tallied by sophomore Addis Fouche-Channer (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who finished 17th in the 800-meter run (2:23.67). The 4x400-meter relay of rookie Natalie Cheung (Palo Alto, Calif.), sophomore Paige Fernandez (Oradell, N.J.), Fouche-Channer and rookie Kate McCluskey (Westford, Mass.) stopped the clock in 20th (4:17.49).

On the men's side, rookie Kevin Serrao (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) raced to an 11th-place finish in the 800-meter run (1:55.79), while senior Taylor Shortsleeve (Medfield, Mass.) finished tied for 12th in the high jump (6'3.5").

In Friday's Tufts' Last Chance Meet, senior Kevin Wood (Lincolnshire, Ill.) crossed the line in third during the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:57.17, while the men's distance medley relay quartet of junior Sam Cartwright (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), sophomore Alex Nichols (Brunswick, Maine), junior Lucas Carpinello (Delmar, N.Y.) and senior Wilder Schaaf (Ashland, Ore.) finished seventh in 10:11.74.

• Track & Field competes at ECAC Championships (168th Street Armory, hosted by NYU)
• Up next: 3/13-14 @ NCAA Championship (JDL Fast Track, Winston-Salem, N.C.)