Teams: Women's Track & Field: Schedule & Results
JUMBO FOURSOME BLAZES TO DMR WIN AT OPEN NEW ENGLAND MEET
COLLEGE WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
Open New England Championships
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24, 2007
At Boston, MA
|Katy O'Brien ran the third leg of the
distance medley relay that set a New England record on Friday
BOSTON -- The Tufts University foursome of senior
tri-captain Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME), junior Kaleigh
Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA), junior Katy O'Brien (North Easton,
MA) and junior Cat Beck (Brookline, NH) set a New England
record for all divisions in the distance medley relay on Friday at the
Open New England Championships hosted by Boston University.
The Tufts foursome finished in a time of 11 minutes, 39.08 seconds to
win the race by almost 13 seconds over Williams College. The time
obliterates the previous Tufts record of 11:59 set in 2005, and stands
to be one of the fastest times in the country this year. Because it was
run on the banked track at BU, it will be adjusted. That will likely
place it behind Wisconsin Platteville's time of 11:40.45 in the event as
the only two automatic NCAA qualifying times this season.
On Saturday, Beck provided the team's highlight by taking second in
the 3,000 meters with a school-record time 9:31.90 time. That replaces
the almost 20-year old mark of 9:46 ran by Nancy Benson in 1988 from the
Tufts records list. Beck was second behind Providence's Aine Hoban
(9:24.49) at the meet, with both times faster than the previous New
England record of 9:32.52.
Also on Saturday, the 4x4 relay ran an NCAA provisional qualifying
time of 3:57.30 on the banked track. Crispin, freshman Andrea Ferri
(Dracut, MA), sophomore Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA) and
Fitzpatrick was the line-up, and their time was 10th at the meet.
Junior Anna Shih (Pittsford, NY) also submitted a good effort.
In the 1,000 meters, she was seventh in the preliminaries with a
3:01.30, then took 10th in the final at 3:04.47.
Head coach Kristen Morwick's team placed 15th at the meet with their
18 points scored. They were fourth among Division III teams.