2009
Track competes at NAC indoor championships

Track competes at NAC indoor championships
February 28, 2009

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

The Benedictine University track and field team competed at the 2009 Northern Athletics Conference indoor championships in Kenosha, Wis., on Saturday. The Eagles' women's team placed fifth, while the men were sixth, in the final team standings. Benedictine had a pair of championships, both on the women's side of the action and both with senior Hannah Miller involved. Individually, Miller won the mile run in a time of 5:29.25 minutes. She finished just 1/100th of a second ahead of Concordia University's (Wis.) Emily Biederwolf in a thrilling race. Miller was also second in the 3000 meter run in a time of 11:33.21 minutes. The BU distance medley relay quartet of Danielle Smith, Megan Kunesh, Jen Murray and Miller won their event in a school-record time of 13:28.00 minutes. Kunesh, just a freshman, had a very busy - and productive - day for the Eagles' team. In addition to her run with the DMR squad, Kunesh placed second in the 55-meter hurdles in a personal best of 9.11 seconds, was sixth in the 55-meter dash (8.16), finished third in the high jump (1.42 meters and was 10th in the 200 meters (30.17). On the men's side, junior sprinter Robert Sanford ran a personal best clocking of 6.63 seconds to place second in the 55 meters. He would also place ninth in the 200 meter race. Sophomore Dylan Roff managed a second place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.82 meters. Roff was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.22 seconds) and ninth in the long jump (6.34 meters). Roff also ran the second leg of the Eagles' 4x400 meter relay team that placed third (3:42.42 minutes). Clark Poro led off the race, with Sanford and Raja Murkherjee preceeding Roff's anchor leg.

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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.