Three All-East on First Day of ECAC ChampionshipsBOSTON, MA - Junior Kristyn Shiring (Stafford, VA), sophomore Julia Cathcart (Starkville, MS) and senior Jackie Kosakowski (Sauquoit, NY) all earned All-East honors with NCAA provisional times as four-time defending CAA Champion William and Mary women's track and field competed on the first day of the ECAC Championships. The premier track and field champion on the East Coast, the elite ECAC field includes qualifiers from over 50 institutions. The top eight finishers from each event were awarded All-East honors. In team scoring, the Tribe is tied for fifth with 12 points as Pittsburgh leads after the first day of action with 26.75 points.
W&M saw three of its athletes earn All-East honors in the 5,000m as Shiring, Cathcart and Kosakowski all ran times below the NCAA provisional standard of 16:45.00. Shiring obliterated her personal record by an amazing 41 seconds to lead the All-East trio in fourth place after clocking a blistering 16:38.13. Following closely behind in fifth was Cathcart who clocked a 16:38.49, a career fast by some 13 seconds. Kosakowski completed the Tribe's All-East honorees in sixth after a 16:39.29, a personal record by nearly 20 seconds. Sophomore Meghan Bishop (Blue Bell, PA) had also qualified into the field and timed a 17:08.94 for 11th, a career best by nearly 10 seconds. W&M also saw Naomi Mattos (Woodbridge, VA) race in the 400m prelims where the senior timed a season-fast 56.80 for 12th.
The ECAC Championships conclude Sunday.
Team Scoring 1) Pittsburgh, University of 26.75 2) Liberty University 17 3) Bucknell University 13 4) Duke University 12.25 5) William and Mary 12 5) Buffalo, University at 12 5) Yale University 12 5) Syracuse University 12