Comastri wins 800m, Eagles fourth at SIU


CARBONDALE, Ill.—Junior Audrey Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) raced to a first-place finish in the 800 meters Saturday as University of Southern Indiana Women’s Track & Field went 1-4 in the event en route to a fourth-place finish at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic.

Comastri finished the race with an outdoor personal-best time of two minutes, 15.56 seconds as four Screaming Eagles etched their names on USI’s all-time outdoor 800-meter list.

While Comastri’s time is third all-time at USI, senior Kara Martin (Herrin, Illinois) was on her heals in a second-place finish. Martin crossed the finish line in 2:15.97, which ranks fourth all-time at USI.

Freshman Emily Rempe (Owensboro, Kentucky) ran the fifth-fastest outdoor 800-meter time in school history as she was third with a time of 2:17.31, while junior McKenna Cavanaugh’s (New Albany, Indiana) fourth-place time of 2:18.98 ranks 11th all-time.

In addition to the 800 meters, Comastri, Martin and Rempe teamed with senior Emma Brown (Evansville, Indiana) for a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay, while senior Carmen Rodriguez (Olney, Illinois) was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Sophomore Katie Winkler (Santa Claus, Indiana) was third in the 1,500 meters to lead of a quartet of Eagles that placed 3-6 in the event.

As a team, the Eagles racked up 52 points en route to their fourth-place finish.

USI returns to action April 13-15 when it competes at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.