The Buena Vista women's 4x200 meter relay, along with junior Amber Riedy in the pole vault, captured all-conference accolades to help highlight day one of the 2013 Iowa Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which began on Saturday at the University of Dubuque.
The 4x200 meter relay team of Casey James, Maggie Marker, Katie Larsen and Laura Eberly took third with a time of 1:45.09, which sets a new school record and was also faster than the previous facility record. The clocking surpasses the previous school mark of 1:46.75 set last year. Larsen is the only one of the four not on the record-breaking team of last year.
Riedy took runner-up honors in the pole vault, going a height of 3.05 meters.
Senior Rachel Burnette qualified into Sunday's finals of the 55 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.77 seconds. Her mark was seventh in the prelims, but only .12 seconds out of the top-five.
Marker qualified into the 55 meter dash with her time of 7.51 seconds which was just .10 from the top-four. James narrowly missed out on the finals by .04 seconds.
Also scoring team points for the Beavers was the distance medley relay (8th).
Molly Hutchins missed out on scoring points for BVU by just two feet in the shot put, placing ninth with a toss of 10.85 meters.
As a team, the Beavers will enter Sunday's final day in fifth place overall with 15 points. They sit 1.5 points ahead of Coe College and the host Spartans who are each tied for sixth, and seven points clear of Simpson College, which is eighth.
Over on the men's side, freshman Andrew May made his way into Sunday's finals of the 55 meter hurdles with a career-best time of 8.04 seconds. He edged out teammate Doug Bohaty, who was ninth, by just .02 seconds. His clocking was also the fastest by any Beaver this season.
The distance medley relay team of Ben Berberich, Brian Patterson, Andrew Smith and Alex Lamp took seventh after reaching the finish line in 10:45.77, just .75 seconds behind sixth-place
The 4x200 meter relay team of Christian Cottingham, Seth Woodson, Ryan Eberly and Jalen Henningsen took a tough fifth-place finish, but was only .73 seconds shy of the winning time.
As a team, the Beavers are currently eighth with six points. They trail Coe College (7th with 7 points) and Luther (6th with 13 points). Loras is fifth with 26 points.
Wartburg College heads into the final day leading both team races.
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