Leopards Gear Up For ECAC/IC4As in Boston

March 6, 2008

EASTON, Pa. - Fourteen members of Lafayette's track and field team will travel to Boston, Mass. for ECAC/IC4A competition. The Leopards boast six ECAC individual qualifiers and four individual IC4A qualifiers, as well as the 4x800 relay team. The women will compete at the Reggie Lewis Center while the men will be located at Boston University.

"It's certainly going to be great exposure for the younger athletes who have never been there to get to see what it's like to compete at the next level," said head coach Julio Piazza.

Freshmen Janica Austin and Asia Hollis will represent the rookies at ECACs, held at the Reggie Lewis Center. Austin has broken school records in the 60-meter hurdles and the 200-meters and was named the Rookie of the Meet at the Patriot League Championships. She will represent Lafayette in the 55-meter hurdles. Hollis qualified to run the 400-meters with a ninth-place finish at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational on Feb. 15 (58.22).

On the men's side, sophomore Kyle Clayton will run the 55m dash. He ran the 60-meters in 6.97 to win the event and qualify for IC4As at the Lafayette-Lehigh Dual Meet on Feb. 2. Clayton also won the title at the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell.

Senior Pete Reynolds and sophomore Matthew DeBlander will compete in the middle distance events this weekend. Reynolds led the Leopards in the 800-meters at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational, finishing eighth with a time of 1:53.26 to qualify. Reynolds also qualified in the 1,000-meters but will not be competing in Boston.



The men's 4x800 relay will also compete at Boston University. Sean Casey, Rob Blum, Alex Wechsler and Pete Reynolds ran a time of 7:38.72 at the Patriot League Championships to earn a spot at IC4As. Blum, Casey, Aaron Buchman and Brian Vail are expected to represent the Leopards in the relay this weekend.

Senior Kristen Kalinowski and junior Jessica Buzzell will compete in the jumps at the ECACs this weekend. Kalinowski won the Patriot League title in the high jump with a leap of 5'5" to qualify her for competition. Buzzell currently holds the school record in the long jump and qualified to compete by jumping a distance of 18' 9¾" to win the event at the Lafayette-Lehigh Dual Meet.

Three athletes will represent Lafayette in the throwing events at ECAC/IC4As, with junior Osasumwen Izevbigie competing in both the shot put and the weight throw. Izevbigie broke the indoor school shot put record for a second time this year at the Patriot League Championships with her throw of 48' 1¾". Her throw of 56'6½" in the 20-lb. weight at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational qualified her to compete in two events this weekend. Sophomore Connor McGee will throw the shot at IC4As after throwing a distance of 52' 2" at the first meet of the season, the Lafayette Invitational, on Dec. 7.

Senior Ashley Harbin will contend for the 20-lb. weight title at ECACs after breaking her own school record with a distance of 64'8" at the Crowell Open on Jan. 12. Harbin has also hit the NCAA Provisional Standard and is hoping for a chance to compete at the NCAA Regionals later this month.

Clayton will be the first Leopard to compete at IC4As, with the 55-meter dash scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Austin will also compete in the 55-meter dash as the first Leopard to compete at ECACs.