JUMBOS HAVE GREAT START TO CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AT NESCAC's
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
NESCAC Outdoor Championships
At Brunswick, ME
Saturday, April 30, 2006
BRUNSWICK, Me. - The Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team pulled out second place at the 2006 NESCAC Championships by winning the last event, 4x800 meter relay. The victory gave Tufts 130.5 points, just ahead of third-place Middlebury's 126 points. Williams won the meet with 167 points.
The 4x8 set a school and facility record with their time of 9 minutes, 20.24 seconds. The Tufts foursome of junior Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME), sophomore Cat Beck (Brookline, NH), junior Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT) and sophomore Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA) broke the six-year old Tufts mark and won by more than nine seconds.
Tufts won three conference championships, set three school records and made three NCAA qualifying marks overall. Beck won the 1,500 in 4:35.5, breaking Caitlin Murphy's six-year old record and improving her NCAA qualifying standard. She's currently sixth in the nation.
Senior tri-captain Becca Ades (Shelburne, VT) ran a 10:52.5 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase to place second, improve her NCAA ranking and set a Tufts record. She set the previous record two seasons ago. O'Brien won the 800 meters in 2:14.65, moving up on the NCAA qualifying list.
Sophomore Kaleigh Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) scored 20.5 pts for team. She was second in the long jump at 17 feet, 2 1/4 inches, fourth in the 200 meters ( 26.74), fifth in the 100 meters (13.36 seconds) and fifth in the triple jump (34' 8 1/2"). Tufts scored three places in the 400, led by runner-up Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA) with a time of 59.55 seconds. The Jumbos scored four in the 200.
The 4x4 group - Aubrey Wasser (Richmond, VT), Bloom, junior Joyce Uang (Medford, MA) and freshman Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA) was also a runner-up in 3:59.35. Adding third place finishes were Crispin in the 1,500 (4:42.3) and freshman Katie Rutecki (Milton, MA) in the 400 meter hurdles (1:06.29).