2008
Abron has record-setting day in track opener

Abron has record-setting day in track opener
January 19, 2008

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

Benedictine University women's sprinter Kimyenna Abron got the 2008 track and field season off to a fine start. The Eagles' senior set a pair of school records in the team's opening competition of the indoor season at the Carthage Private College Invitational at Kenosha, Wis. Abron - who was also an all-conference women's soccer player for Benedictine - re-wrote the BU record book, literally, out of the blocks. In the qualifying heat of the 55 meter dash, she eclipsed the 16-year old school record for the event in a time of 7.57 seconds (the previous record of 7.60 was set by Jen Young in 1992) to advance to the finals. In the finale of the 55 meters, Abron not only won the event, but also lowered the record to 7.49 seconds. Abron's time was less than 3/10ths of a second from an NCAA III provisional qualifying time, as well. In the 200 meters, Abron placed second out of 32 competitors in the event. However, her time of 26.83 shaved more than 3/4 of a second off of the Eagles' previous best (Julie Wysocki's 27.55 seconds in 1996). In other top placements for the women's team, junior Hannah Miller was eighth in the women's mile (5:51.53), while Stacy Aloisio was ninth in the 800 meters (2:42.76). On the men's side, Alex Arman was eighth in the men's mile (4:48.73). Senior Matt Wilkin was third in the 35-pound weight throw (47'9 1/4"), while Pete Sgarbossa was ninth (43'1 1/2") in that same event.

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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.