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Baker and Vail set School 800m Records at IC4A/ECAC Championships

March 6, 2005

BOSTON, Mass. ( - Meghan Baker and Brian Vail both set school records at the 800m distance, and Vail gathered All-East mention for his appearance in the finals at the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Boston.

Baker, a sophomore, shattered the women's 800m record by nearly two seconds with a time of 2:13.37. She had equaled Anna Sherman's previous record of 2:15.36, set in 2001, this season on Feb. 12 at the Armory. Baker placed 16th in the prelims.

Vail completed an outstanding freshman indoor track season with All-East honors in the 800m on Sunday, a day after breaking the school record that had stood since Warren Sayre ran a 1:52.80 in 1993. Vail ran a 1:52.77 to place ninth and qualify for the last spot in the finals. On Sunday, Vail posted a 1:53.98 which was good for seventh. All-East accolades are given to competitors who finish in the top eight of their event.

Another school record nearly fell in the 500m, as senior Richard Jackson was one one-hundredth of a second off of the 1:04.31 pace set by Brian Meyers in 2000. The record holder in the outdoor 400m hurdles, Jackson finished 12th in the prelims.

Junior Jonathan Rowe and sophomore Tyler Jones both placed 20th in their field events. Rowe threw 50-11 ½ in the weight, and Jones had a toss of 47-10 ½ in the shot put.

Lafayette had two All-East performers last season. Tom Kennedy earned the honor in the 1000m indoor event, while Machel Morrison claimed gold in the 100m dash at the outdoor championships.