Abron runs down NCAA qualifying time in 55 meters

Abron runs down NCAA qualifying time in 55 meters
February 23, 2008

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Benedictine University senior sprinter Kimyenna Abron posted what was (at press time) the eighth-fastest time in the nation for NCAA Division III in the women's 55-meter dash, highlighting the team's efforts at the Dick Pond Open on Friday evening. While still not automatic, her time is a strong NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time for the indoor championships. Hosted at Lewis University, Abron used the meet to re-set her own school records in the 55 and 200 meter races. It was the fourth meet in which she has lowered the 55 meter mark and third time assaulting the 200 meter standard at BU for indoor track. Technically, she set the school record in the 55 meters twice on Friday. In the prelims, she shaved over 1/10th of a second off of her previous best (7.35) by blazing to a 7.24. It was the best qualifying time of the night. In the finals, Abron exploded and left the field behind in a clocking of 7.21 seconds...meaning she clipped 14/100ths of a second off of the school 55 meters record during the meet. Just for good measure, Abron also won the 200 meters in a time of 25.85 seconds. That time is one-quarter of a second better than her previous record run of 26.10. For the BU women's team, Joy Holowicki finished fourth in the 400 meters. Holowicki ran a 1:07.65. On the men's side, Matt Wilkins was second in the weight throw with a heave of 15.97 meters. Dylan Roff tied for third in the high jump (1.80 meters) and was sixth in the 55 meter hurdles (8.20 seconds). Robert Sanford placed fifth in the 55 meter dash finals for the men. He ran the distance in 6.79 seconds in the prelims, before posting a 6.82 in the finals.


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.