Track and field host Eagle invite: Men place sixth and women tie for sixteenth

by Tom Brown, Sports Editor


The Benedictine University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Eagle invite this past Saturday.

With 24 teams competing, the men finished in an impressive sixth place, while the women finished in a tie for sixteenth.

Leading the way once again for the Eagles were the throwers as Adam Chacola placed well in two events, winning the hammer throw and placing fifth in the javelin throw.

On the track, the Eagles saw several very impressive performances as Chris Diazagwa and Rob Miller both placed in the top 20 in their events and Billy Toohey placed 24 in the 1500 meter run.

“This is the time of the year where we really start to feel good when we race,” Toohey said. “We train all season for this part of the year and we’re starting to show that hard work pays off.”

On the women’s side, the Eagles were led by their distance runners as Julie Carrol and Krisna Patel displayed impressive performances in the 5000 meter run finishing in 13th and 29th respectively.

On the field, Sara Oprondek placed in a tie for tenth with a jump of 1.45 meters, while Lauren Burish placed 22nd in the discus throw.

The Eagles’ invite marked the first of two home meets in 2013 for the Eagles, who will also host the twilight invitational on Friday, April 26th.

The Eagles will be in action again this Saturday as they travel to Decatur to participate in the Big Blue Classic hosted by Milikin University.