Benedictine hammer record falls at Elmhurst Invitational

Benedictine hammer record falls at Elmhurst Invitational
April 15, 2007

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Junior thrower Matt Wilkin claimed the school record in the hammer throw on Saturday afternoon at the Elmhurst Invitational, heading the team's performance highlights for the day. Wilkin's toss of 165'7" eclipsed the mark of 161'1" set just last year by former teammate Mike McPhee. Wilkin placed second in the hammer - the highest NCAA Division III finisher in the event - and was sandwiched by a pair of participants from NCAA Division I DePaul University in the final standings. Wilkin won the men's discus with a heave of 132'3", while also placing sixth in the shot put and ninth in the javelin. Other top finishers for the men's team included a third place in the javelin from freshman Devin Montgomery (158'4"). Mike Berry plac ed eighth in a highly-competitive 400-meter race in a time of 53.84 seconds, while Robert Sanford garnered a sixth in the 100-meters in a clocking of 11.81 and teammate Cody Leaman was 10th at 12.04. On the women's side, Stacey Sara was third in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 17.44 seconds on a very cold day. Sara was also seventh in the 100-meter dash (14.03) and ninth in the 200 meters (28.16). Senior distance specialist Michelle White was ninth in the women's 3000 meters (12:08.40). Thrower Penny Bournas placed fifth in the discus at 102'3 1/2", while also finishing 12th in the shot, ninth in the javelin and 11th in the hammer.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.