Teams: Women's Track & Field: Press
Monday, March 5, 2007
|Cat Beck will run with the distance medley
relay and individually in the 5K at the NCAA Championships
FOUR JUMBOS TO RACE WITH HIGH HOPES AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's indoor track & field team enters
this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships with national title
aspirations in two events. The meet will be hosted by Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana on March 9-10.
Members of head coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos will compete in
the 5,000 meters and in the distance medley relay, and they are seeded
highly in both.
The distance medley relay will race in a straight final on Friday night
at 6:05 pm (EST). The Jumbo foursome of junior Catherine Beck
(Brookline, NH/Hollis-Brookline), senior tri-captain Sarah
Crispin (Auburn, ME/Edward Little), junior Kaleigh Fitzpatrick
(Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield) and junior Katy O'Brien (North Easton,
MA/Oliver Ames) is the #2 seed entering the NCAA meet. They were one
of two foursomes in the national to hit the automatic qualifying time of
11 minutes, 53.60 seconds. The Jumbos ran an 11:39.08 on the banked
track at Boston University during the Open New England Championships on
February 23. That time converts to an 11:41.48, second only to Wisconsin
Platteville's 11:40.45 during the season.
Beck will also compete individually in the 5,000 meters, for
which she is the top seed entering the meet. Her converted time of
16:45.53 (16:42.23), ran at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston
University on January 26, was the best of the season in the 5K by a long
shot. Plattsburgh State University junior Toni Wiszowaty is the second
seed with a time of 16:56.11, almost 11 seconds behind Beck's. A
straight final in the 5K will be run on Saturday at 3:45 pm.
Beck, Crispin and O'Brien also qualified for the NCAA meet in
other events, but the team will opt to keep the relay fresh for Friday's
race. O'Brien and Crispin both qualified in the mile and
the 800 meters, and Beck had the nation's second-best time in the
All four Jumbos have NCAA meet experience. All of them raced in last
year's indoor championships. Beck was the national runner-up in
the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring, for
which O'Brien qualified as well. In 2005, Crispin had an
All-American eighth place finish in the 800 (2:21.39), Fitzpatrick
was part of the All-American 4x400 relay (3:58.76) and O'Brien
and Beck also qualified to compete.