2009
Eagles land four titles at NAC track championships

Eagles land four titles at NAC track championships
May 2, 2009

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

Senior distance specialist Hannah Miller Joliet, Ill./Plainfield South H.S.) was a double winner for Benedictine University as the teams competed in the Northern Athletics Conference outdoor track and field championships. The event was hosted by Concordia University Chicago. Miller outdistanced the field to bring home victory in both the 800 and 1500 meter races. Miller won the 800 meters in a time of 2:24.94 to set a new NAC meet record in the event (besting the previous mark of 2:25.13 set by MSOE's Heather Delany in 2008). In the 1500 meters, Miller set her second NAC meet record of the day in a time of 4:49.92 (eclipsing the 5:04.72 by Fran Sikorski of Aurora in 2007). Miller finished more than six full second ahead of the second place finisher. In the women's 100 meter hurdles, freshman Megan Kunesh (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) also posted a NAC record in winning the event. Even though Kunesh's clocking of 15.85 seconds was a new meet record, at least it was kept in the "Benedictine family," as she eclipsed the 16.04 by former Eagle Stacey Sara in 2007. Kunesh also placed second in the 400 meter hurdles (1:10.96) and fourth in the women's high jump (4'9"). On the men's side, sophomore Dylan Roff (Braidwood, Ill./Reed-Custer H.S.) defended his NAC championship in the men's 400 meter hurdles in a time of 55.77 seconds. Roff's time was a little more than 2/10ths of a second off his own NAC record set in 2008. Roff finished third in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 15.59 seconds. Roff qualified by running a 15:32 seconds in his preliminary heat. Roff also ran the anchor leg of BU's fourth place 4x400 meter relay team. He tied for fourth place in the men's high jump (5'7 3/4"), as well. Other top finishers for the Eagles included senior Jenn Murray (Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton H.S.) with a third place in the women's 400 meters (1:05.08), along with a pair of third place awards for junior thrower Devin Montgomery (Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton H.S.) in the javelin (172' 2") and the discus (137' 3"). Montgomery was also sixth in the hammer toss (139' 1").

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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.