2007
Sara named NAC women's track "Athlete of the Year"

Sara named NAC women's track "Athlete of the Year"
May 5, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's Stacey Sara (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove H.S.) won all three of her individual events and was named as the Northern Athletics Conference women's outdoor track and field "Athlete of the Year" at the league's championship meet on Saturday. The Eagles women's team placed fourth, while the men's squad was sixth. Sara, a junior, took first place in the 100-meter dash (13.17), the 200-meters (26.91) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.04). She also ran the lead leg of the Eagles' surprising 4x100 relay quartet, which placed second in a time of 56.62 (after entering the race as the number four seed). Other top finishers for the BU women included Hannah Miller's third place effort in the 1500 meters (5:20.08) and a second place from senior Michelle White in the 10,000 meter run (45:15.17). White and Miller both ran legs with the 4x100 relay team, as well. Freshman Kate Korzeniewski garnered a second place in the javelin toss with a throw of 27.69 meters. Penny Bournas was third in the women's discus (31.28 meters). On the men's side, junior Matt Wilkin won the hammer throw (46.74 meters) and was also second in the discus (40.69 meters). Teammate Pete Sgarbossa was third in the hammer.

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