FITZPATRICK'S THREE VICTORIES LEAD TUFTS DOMINANCE AT HOME INVITATIONAL
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
Tufts Invitational II
At Gantcher Center (Medford, MA)
Saturday, January 21, 2006
MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's indoor track & field team dominated the second home invitational of the season held on Saturday at the Gantcher Center. Tufts' winning score of 163 points far surpassed the 95 points accumulated by second-place Bates College. Sixteen teams overall competed, with Tufts scoring in all but two events.
Sophomore Kaleigh Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) had a remarkable afternoon for the Jumbos, winning three events. She won the 55 meter dash in 7.54 seconds, then swept the long and triple jumps with leaps of 16 feet, 5 ¾" inches and 34' 4 ¾" respectively. Classmate Jenna Weir (New York, NY) was right behind Fitzpatrick in the triple with 34' 4 ¼" distance for second place.
The Jumbos gained major points with a versatile showing by the team in the running events. They won the 200, 500, 1,000, 1 mile and 5,000 meter events. Freshman Aubrey Wasser (Richmond, VT) took first in the 200 (27.38 seconds), junior tri-captain Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA) was second in the 500 (1 minute, 9.57 seconds), sophomore Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA) was runner-up in the 1,000 (3:02.38), sophomore Cat Beck (Brookline, NH) won the mile (5:00.61) and senior Arielle Aaronson (Somerville, NJ) placed second in the 5,000 (18:33.81).
Beck's time in the mile easily reached the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5:05.20. She is one of just two qualifiers in the country as of this week. It was the third-best indoor mile in Tufts history.
The always-strong Tufts 4x400 meter relay won their race in a time of 4:09.81. The foursome was sophomore Joyce Uang (Medford, MA), junior Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME), Wasser and Bloom.