Benford Earns Outstanding Field Athlete to Lead F&M to Fifth Place at CC Indoor Track Championships
CARLISLE, PA - Bryn Benford (Sr., Malvern, PA/Great Valley) earned Outstanding Field Athlete to lead the Franklin & Marshall College women's indoor track team to a fifth place finish at the 2005 Centennial Conference Championships hosted by Dickinson College.
Benford won the triple jump (34-09.00) and placed fourth in the high jump (5-00.25), fifth in the shot put (34-05.75) and 12th in the long jump (14-09.25) to finish with 19 of the Diplomats' 54 points as she became the first Franklin & Marshall track athlete to earn Outstanding Performance honors.
Overall, Franklin & Marshall dominated in the field events as Libby Haas (So., Wrightsville, PA/Eastern) cleared 5-02.25 to win the high jump and tack on 10 more points to the Diplomats total.
On the track, Tara Cooney (Jr., Douglaston, NY/St. Francis) placed sixth in the 800 meters (2:28.10) for three points, Meredith Janeczek (So., Hershey, PA/Hershey) finished sixth in the 3,000 meters (10:57.11) for three points and Karen Ziga (So., Haverford, PA/Haverford) finished seventh in the 5,000 meters (19:15.29) for two points.
In the relays, F&M finished fifth in the 4X200 (1:55.11) for four points, fifth in the 4X400 (4:20.76) for four points, fourth in the 4X800 (10:01.11) for five points and fifth in the distance medley (13:22.92) for four points.
Historically, the team's fifth place finish ties the 2004 team's placement for the second best finish by an F&M women's indoor track team at the Centennial Conference Championship Meet behind the 1995 squad's fourth place finish.
Franklin & Marshall will continue the season on March 4-5 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
2005 Centennial Conference Women's Indoor Track Championships
1. Dickinson 129, 2. Muhlenberg 126.5, 3. Gettysburg 110, 4. Haverford 88, 5. F&M 54, 6. Bryn Mawr 41, 7. Johns Hopkins 40.5, 8. Ursinus 32, 9. Swarthmore 30, 10. McDaniel 12
14. Elizabeth Kendig 1:08.22
10. Shannon Weir 5:39.72
15. Virginia Earl 5:55.99
6. Tara Cooney 2:28.10
6. Meredith Janeczek 10:57.11
15. Megan Feehan 11:56.23
17. Julia Schwartz 12:27.19
7. Karan Ziga 19:15.29
13. Megan Feehan 20:33.99
20. Julia Schwartz 21:47.73
5. F&M 1:55.11
5. F&M 4:20.76
4. F&M 10:01.11
Distance Medley Relay
5. F&M 13:22.92
1. Libby Haas 5-02.25
4. Bryn Benford 5-00.25
12. Bryn Benford 14-09.25
1. Bryn Benford 34-09.00
5. Bryn Benford 34-05.75