Teams: Women's Track & Field: Schedule & Results
TUFTS DMR WINS SECOND STRAIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN INDIANA
McNamara 2nd in 5K, Jones fourth in triple jump, team places fifth
WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
NCAA Division 3 Championships
Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, 2009
At Terre Haute, IN
|2009 DMR Champions (l-r) Amy Wilfert, Halsey
Stebbins, Jackie Ferry and Stephanie McNamara (photo courtesy of
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Tufts University women's indoor track &
field team's distance medley relay is the NCAA Division 3 national
champion for the second straight year after the 2009 Jumbo foursome
of sophomore Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA),
senior Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, IL), senior tri-captain
Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA) and sophomore Stephanie McNamara
(North Attleborough, MA) ran an 11:46.88 time at Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology on Friday night.
The Tufts team edged University of St. Thomas at the finish line by
0.08 seconds. The Tommie foursome crossed in 11:46.96. The Jumbos
entered the NCAA's as the top seed in the event after running an automatic qualifying time of 11:47.96 to win the ECAC
Division III Indoor Championships title at home last Friday. They did
not disappoint, running even faster at the NCAA meet to win Tufts
women's track & field's 15th individual or relay national championship.
Last year in Ohio, McNamara ran the 1,200-meter lead-off leg of a
Tufts DMR including Kaleigh Fitzpatrick, Katy O'Brien and Catherine Beck
that captured the 2008 NCAA title with an 11:46.79 time. At the 2007
NCAA Indoor Championships, the Tufts DMR ran a school-record 11:35.54 to
finish as the national runner-up. This year's foursome established the
team's recent dominance in the event.
The back-to-back DMR titles continue the legacy of national champions
established by Tufts women's track. Dating back to Vera Stenhouse's
eight national titles from 1989-91, Jumbos have now won 15 titles at
NCAA Championship indoor and outdoor events.
Coach Kristen Morwick's team had two other outstanding performances
at the 2009 national championship meet. McNamara came back on Saturday
to finish as the runner-up in the 5,000 meters for All-American honors. Her 17:02.76 time was
second only to Elise Tropiano from Amherst, who won the national
championship with a 16:58.84 finish. McNamara's time was more than 24
seconds better than her qualifying time (17:26.91), which had her seeded
13th entering the race.
|Steph McNamara edges University of St.
Thomas's Katie Theisen at the finish line to win the DMR (photo
courtesy of Rose-Hulman)
Also on Saturday, Tufts first-year Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA)
had the best triple jump during the preliminary round with a 39'3 1/4"
(11.97m). That was her personal best and tied the season-best for NCAA
Division 3. Though Jones matched that distance in the final, three other
competitors went beyond it. Jones took fourth place for All-America,
finishing behind event
champion Akeye Aimable from Wartburg (39'6"/12.04m), Caitlin Schetter of
Wisconsin LaCrosse (39'5"/12.01m) and Mickey Jusme from Wheaton (39'3
With their first,
second and fourth place finishes, Tufts scored 23 points at the meet.
That took fifth place out of 68 teams that scored at the meet and was
the best finish by a New England or Northeast team. It's the
second straight top 10 finish for the Jumbos, following last season's
sixth-place effort. The two All-American performances give McNamara six
in her young career (three indoor, two cross country, one outdoor). Wilfert, Stebbins, Ferry and Jones earned the first All-American awards
of their careers.
On Friday, Tufts
first-year high jumper Dayorsha Collins (Boston, MA) tied for
11th place. She cleared 5'1 1/4" (1.56m) in her first national
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