Centre men come up one point short of SCAC title

April 25, 2004

ATLANTA - Centre College's men's track and field team came up just one point short of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship at the SCAC Spring Sports Festival Friday and Saturday.

Centre's 177 points left them one behind champion DePauw. Centre needed to win the 1,600 meter relay, which it did, but DePauw's fourth-place finish was enough to give it the title.

"They put it all on the line and gave me everything they have, and you can't be disappointed with that," Centre coach Lisa Owens said. "These kind of losses are just hard to swallow. You get so pumped up and you know it's within your reach. When it doesn't happen, all you can think is that there will be another day, another time and another opportunity."

Ryan New was named the MVP of the meet, finishing with 26.5 points. He won the 400 meter dash, and was part of the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams. He also finished second in the 200 and third in the 100.


Centre swept the top three places in the 100, as Sean Smith won the event in 11.01 seconds, James Booker was second and New was third.

Chad Loveless won the javelin and the 400 hurdles, while Smith added a win in the 200.

"The guys wanted it, but I may have wanted it worse than they did," Owens said. "I've been seconded and thirded to death. We were within reach of it but it didn't happen today. It will happen. We'll bide our time, keep working hard and things will fall into place for us soon."

Centre's women weren't as close, finishing fourth with 57 points. They competed without Erika Boyle, who was injured in a meet last week.

Their only two wins came from freshman Eileen Schilling, who broke the conference record in the 10,000 with a time of 37:56.37. She also won the 5,000 with a time of 18:29.60.

"She always takes it out hard, and the girls usually respond and go with her," Owens said. "This time she took it out hard, and the others were so intimidated she just stayed out front."


Centre lost its first two games of the SCAC Spring Sports Festival, dropping a 5-1 decision to Millsaps Friday and a 3-1 decision to Trinity Saturday.

The Colonels (18-6) gave up four unearned runs to Millsaps in its first loss as Centre was tagged with four errors.

"When you're in this kind of competition, you have to play great defense," Centre coach Wendie Austin-Robinson said.

Lindy Pritchard was 2-for-3.

In the loss to Trinity, defense wasn't a problem, but hitting was. Marjorie Pilkinton had a double.

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