Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University concluded the 2017 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday in Emmitsburg, Md., by finishing fourth with 91 points. It marks the most points scored by the Colonials since 2014, when RMU finished with 131.50 at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island. It's also the second highest point total for Robert Morris in the last 11 years.
Sacred Heart won its third consecutive NEC outdoor crown with 145 points, edging Central Connecticut (142). LIU Brooklyn finished third with 95 points, and rounding out the field after the Colonials was Mount St. Mary's (79), Saint Francis U (69), Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson (63 points each), Bryant (54) and St. Francis Brooklyn (18).
Taking home major awards for the Colonials at the conclusion of the meet Sunday was freshman Lilly Harnish and senior Rachel Boody. Harnish was tabbed the Most Outstanding Field Performer in the jumps as well as the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, while Boody was selected as the Most Outstanding Field Performer in the throws.
On the heels of being crowned the 2017 NEC outdoor champion in the discus Saturday, Boody, a Shaler graduate, finished second in the hammer throw Sunday. She posted a toss of 53.54 meters (175'8.25") in the third round. At the 2017 NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Boody scored 19 points for Robert Morris, the highest total since Rachael Kotula scored 22 in 2014 and tied for the eighth highest total in school history.
The duo of Boody and Harnish, meanwhile, join Kotula and Nicole Downing (2004, 2005) in school history to be named Most Outstanding Field Performer.
(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)