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Huddle shatters own record at Meyo Invitational

Mike Gilloon | Monday, February 9, 2004

Even the record books are having a hard time keeping up with Molly Huddle this season.The Irish distance runner broke her own school mark in the 3,000-meter race as the Irish track and field teams competed at the Meyo Invitational this weekend at the Loftus Sports Center. The sophomore from Elmira, N.Y., cruised to victory with a time of 9 minutes, 8.60 seconds, good enough to shatter her old school record of 9:14.13 set just last week. Her time now puts her in third place nationally. “I was pretty much aiming for a [personal record] in the 3,000 meters and the school record just came with it,” Huddle said. “It made the evening even more exciting for me. I was pretty proud of it.”Huddle also teamed up with senior Kristen Dodd and juniors Lauren King and Kerry Meagher to finish a close second to Georgetown in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:07.94, destroying the school record by 17 seconds. “We would have liked to pull ahead for the win, but we were happy to qualify for nationals,” Huddle said. King added to her success later in the day in the mile run as she finished second in the meet by posting the third fastest time in the nation so far this year. The Irish men were led by Selim Nurudeen, as the junior ran the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.79, putting him in seventh place nationally. Dwight Ellick qualified for the Big East Indoor Championships in the 200-meter sprint in a time of 21.60. The junior, a defensive back on the football team, also qualified for the conference meet last week in the 60-meter dash. Other Irish men to qualify for the Big East meet were sophomore Sean O’Donnell, with a time of 8:26.71 in the 3,000 meters, along with Alex Fortunato, who finished the 500-meter run in 1:05.56. Arguably the most exciting event in the meet was the Meyo Mile. Annually considered one of the most competitive mile races in the country, it lived up to expectations again this year. Michigan’s Nick Willis came in first with a time of 3:56.55 to post the fastest time in the nation so far this season.Willis was one of four runners to finish in under four minutes. Notre Dame’s Eric Morrison and Kurt Benninger finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Michigan also took first place in the women’s mile as Lindsay Gallo finished in a time of 4:40.91.A number of Irish athletes achieved personal bests this weekend. Freshman Justin Oppel finished fifth in the pole vault with a height of 4.80 meters and junior Tiffany Gunn ran the 400-meter run in 55.35 to place sixth. Thomas Chamney placed ninth in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:51.53, while fellow sophomore Ryan Postel took third in the 400 meters with a time of 47.33.