Onya Edwards finished fifth in the women's long jump in the first day of competition at the BIG EAST Championships.
May 11, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - On a rain-plagued opening day at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Mercedes Oliver and Tom Ohlman took down a pair of Xavier records and several other Musketeers set personal records.
Oliver struck first in the record-breaking department. The sophomore set a personal best in her second toss in the women's hammer throw, then shattered the mark and broke XU's record in her final attempt with a distance of 48.22m (158'2"). Oliver's efforts earned a sixth-place finish.
Ohlman put himself in position to possibly earn a berth into the NCAA First Round with his performance in the 3000m Steeplechase. The senior captain's time of 9:00.57 set Xavier's mark in the event and was good for a fifth-place finish.
The women's 800m prelims were filled with personal records for Musketeers. Susannah Shelley (2:12.41), Haley Jerabek (2:14.04) and Madison Riethman (2:15.16) all posted career-bests in the event. All three of the women will compete in the 4x800 on Sunday.
Grant Parrelli and Matt Orlando followed Shelley, Jerabek and Riethman, setting personal marks in the 800m. Parrelli posted a time of 1:54.11 and Orlando crossed in 1:56.04. The two gentlemen will also compete in the 4x800 Sunday.
Freshman Aaron Peterson chased down two other runners in the final 600m of the men's 3000m Steeplechase to cross the line seventh with a personal-best time of 9:27.29.
Xavier picked up two top-eight finishes in the high jump thanks to John Kolibab and Russell Platt. Kolibab registered a height of 1.99 m to claim fourth place, while Platt eclipsed 1.89m and finished eighth.
Platt and Dimitrious Dimitroff each qualified for the finals of both the 100m and 200m sprints.
At the conclusion of the first day of competition, the men's team sits in sixth place with 12 points and the women are in eighth with 11 points, just one point behind seventh-place St. John's.