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W&M Women's Track and Field Goes to Penn Thursday
Updated: Saturday 04/23/2014 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary women's track and field team heads to the world-famous Penn Relays this week, competing Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.  The Tribe will be represented by a small but elite crew in the final tune-up before next week's CAA Championships.

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All four of W&M's athletes will compete on Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. in the pole vault.  Junior Elizabeth Crafford (Darien, Conn.) will be looking for a final tune-up before the conference meet, as she is the CAA favorite so far this season.  Indoors Crafford had two lifetime-best jumps, including a 3.85m (12-7.5) leap to take second at the ECAC Championships, and cleared 3.71m (12-2) in her only outdoor appearance so far (at Colonial Relays three weeks ago).  This will be her first appearance at the Penn Relays.

Thursday night's distance carnival kicks off for the Tribe at 8:30 p.m., with Meghan McGovern (North Wales, Pa.) running the 3,000m championship.  The shorter race will allow her to save a bit of strength for the next few weeks of 5,000m efforts, and she has shown the ability to turn in great times at 3,000m.  Indoors this winter, she ran 9:41.13 and qualified for the ECAC Championships, while she also ran 16:33.73 for 5,000m indoors and 16:33.10 at the Colonial Relays.  McGovern is the defending CAA Champion at 5,000m, and was an NCAA qualifier in the event last spring.

Later in the evening at 10:15 p.m., juniors Dylan Hassett (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Carolyn Hennessey (Herndon, Va.) will take on the 10,000m run.  Hassett ran 34:54.89 last year at Mt. SAC to qualify for the NCAA Championships and went on to take fourth at the CAA Championships in the event.  She's competed only sparingly so far in 2014, running 9:43.95 at 3,000m indoors to qualify for the ECAC Championships, and timed a personal-best 16:43.93 at the Colonial Relays for 5,000m.  Hennessey will be attempting the 10,000m for the first time, but is in the midst of a career-best year that bodes well for her prospects.  Indoors, she qualified for the ECAC Championships at 5,000m and ran 16:41.17 at the meet for fourth place and All-East honors.  Hennessey also was named All-East in the DMR, anchoring the Tribe's team to a second-place showing.  Outdoors, she was second to McGovern in the 1,500m at the Tribe Invitational with a 10-second PR, and ran 17:14.42 for 5,000m at the Colonial Relays.

3,000m Run
ECAC Qualifying – 9:56.24
W&M Record – 9:18.25
Athlete Notes
Meghan McGovern (So.)
Has run 9:41, CAA 5,000m champion and NCAA qualifier in 2013

10,000m Run
2013 NCAA Finals Qualifying – 33:49.22
2013 NCAA Regional Qualifying – 35:00.02
Current Regional Cut-off – 35:31.09
ECAC Qualifying – 37:40.24
W&M Record – 32:41.55
Athlete Notes
Dylan Hassett (Jr.)
NCAA Qualifier in 2013, fourth in the CAA, has run 34:54
Carolyn Hennessey (Jr.) First-ever 10K; fourth at ECAC 5,000m indoors, third at CAA 5,000m in 2013

Pole Vault
2013 NCAA Finals Qualifying – 4.00m (13-1.5)
2013 NCAA Regional Qualifying – 3.90m (12-9.5)
Current Regional Cut-off – 3.90m (12-9.5)
ECAC Qualifying – 3.70m (12-1.5)
W&M Record – 4.01m (13-1.75)
Athlete Notes
Elizabeth Crafford (Jr.)
ECAC Runner-up indoors at 3.85m, cleared 3.71m at Colonial Relays

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