JUMBOS GET FOURTH AT NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III MEET
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
New England Division III Outdoor Championships
At Springfield, MA
Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6, 2006
SPRINGFIELD -- With some athletes resting, some preparing for finals and others not competing in their top events, the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team still earned a fourth-place finish at the 2006 New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield College.
Head Coach Kristen Morwick's team finished with 60.33 points, less than five points out of third. Williams College won the championship in a landslide with 166 points.
The Jumbos set two school records at the meet. Sophomore sensation Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA) was third in the 1500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 35.22 seconds, breaking Cat Beck's (Brookline, NH) Tufts record from last week. O'Brien's time was 1.22 seconds off the NCAA automatic standard and is ranked 10th in the nation currently.
Sophomore Sarah Martin (Woonsocket, RI) broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 145 feet, 10 inches to earn sixth place. The 4x400 meter relay of sophomore Kaleigh Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA), freshman Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA), senior tri-captain Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA) and O'Brien ran 3:54.80, a national provisional mark that ranks 19th in nation right now. They were second at the championship.
Fitzpatrick scored second-place points with a time of 58.85 seconds in the 400 meters. Freshman Paula Dormon (Brockton, MA) added a third place in the shot put with a distance of 41' 8 1/2", a personal best by a foot and a half and the second-best all-time at Tufts. Sophomore Jenna Weir (New York, NY) went 34' 10 1/2" to place fourth in the triple jump, while senior tri-captain Megan Sears (Washington Depot, CT) scored 3,769 points in the heptathlon for fourth.