Eckstein Sets School Record in 5k; Blue Jays Compete at Penn Relays

Freshman <b>Hannah Eckstein</b> set a Centennial Conference record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:50.64.
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April 27, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Johns Hopkins women's track & field team sent several runners to compete at the prestigious Penn Relays this week. Freshman Hannah Eckstein set a school and conference record in the 5,000-meter run while the 4x400-meter relay team brought home the first relay win in recent history.

Eckstein and sophomore Holly Clarke competed in the women's Olympic Development section of the 5,000-meter run and worked well as a team to finish with times to rank in the top six in the nation for DIII. Both Eckstein and Clarke ran a solid 5:26 first mile before recording each of their fastest times in the next 3,200-meters of the race. Both runners finished strong and came in under the 17:00 minute mark for the first time this season, with Eckstein taking seventh at 16:50.64 and Clarke just behind at 16:57. Eckstein's time broke Laura Paulsen's school and conference record by just a tenth of a second and set the school's freshman record.

Following the 5,000-meter race, head coach Bobby Van Allen added, "I couldn't be more proud of how well both Hannah and Holly ran the race.  They were smart, patient, yet aggressive when they had to be." He continued, "they proved that they are both amongst the elite in the nation and I'm very excited to watch them continue to their progression."

The 4x400-meter relay team of Alison Smith, Leah Sibener, Ingrid Johnson and Annie Monagle finished first in the College Women's 4x400 Centennial/MAC section. This is the first time a relay team has finished first in recent history for the Blue Jays. Smith took the lead early and put the Blue Jays in great position with a leadoff leg of 59.8. Sibener continued to battle back and forth with Swarthmore and Lebanon Valley running a 60.1 second leg putting the Jays in first place at the exchange. Johnson helped separate JHU from the field as only Lebanon Valley remained close. In the final leg, Monagle's lead didn't last long, as she was passed at the 200-meter mark by Lebanon Valley, but with 80 meters to go, slid around LVC and stormed down the homestretch for a great 57.8 finishing leg and our first below-4:00 time of the season at 3:58.98.

The rest of the women's track & field team will be competing on Saturday at the Shippensburg Invitational on Saturday, April 28 for its final meet before the Centennial Conference championships on May 4-6, held at Ursinus College.



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