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Wattley, Kelly walks away from ECAC/Big 10 Conference Championships with medals

BVIAA - Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Ashley Kelly left and Britney Wattley. * PHOTO CREDIT: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

MAY 14—Morgan State Jr. Britney Wattley and Illinois Sr. Ashley Kelly walked away from their respective ECAC and Big 10 Conference Championships with individual and relay gold medals over the weekend.

Wattley led off the Bears’ victorious 4x100m Relay that ran 44.93 seconds in the ECAC Championships in Princeton, New Jersey, after a 45.12 semi, before placing second in the 200m in 23.75 seconds. She won her heat in 24.09.

Wattley was sixth in the 100m in 11.80 seconds. She ran 11.92 in the 100m prelims and 11.94 in the semis to advance to the final.

Kelly ended her Big 10 Conference Championships career in Madison, Wisconsin, by splitting 51.9 seconds and helping the Fighting Illini to a 4x400m victory with a meet record and the second fastest time in school history of 3:31.77. Illinois placed second in the Big 10 Conference tied with new comers Nebraska on 110 points.

Before her individual exploits, Kelly had a second leg carry that helped the 4x100m relay squad to finish second in 44.45 seconds, after winning their heat in 44.88.

Kelly ran a season’s best of 52.77 to finish second in her 400m heat and secured one of the four fastest times from the advancing group, before settling for 53.22 in the final where she was fourth.

She then followed up with 23.56 in the 200m final, good for fourth, after running 23.54 in the prelims.

Portland State Vikings Sr. Dominique Maloney was fifth in the Big Sky Conference 400m in 55.32 seconds, her fastest since 2008 when she ran 55.54. She ran 55.52 to advance to the final and had a 24.94 time in the 200m but did not advance.

Maloney anchored the Vikings’ 4x400m relay to a school record time of 3:47.75.

Elsewhere, Karene King was fourth in her heat and fifth overall the 200m in Cal State LA Last Chance meet, after running a personal best of 23.53 seconds to equal Chantel Malone’s time ran two weeks ago as the fastest marks by a BVI athlete this season. She was second in the 100m in 11.56 but skipped the final to focus on the 200m.

Malone kicked off the territory’s top performers by placing fourth in the Cayman Islands Invitational 400m in 52.48 seconds.

Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, competing in the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico, turned in a time of 11.71 seconds.

Olympic Games watch:
King and Malone are .23 off the Olympic Games 200m B qualifying standard, while Kelly is .24 away and Wattley, .37. 400m: Malone is .13 off and Kelly, .42.

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  1. Z. McLean
    May 15, 2012
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    Looking good, ladies!

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  2. Movements
    May 14, 2012
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    Congrats ladies!!

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