Teams: Women's Track & Field: Press
Monday, March 9, 2009
SIX FROM WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD QUALIFY FOR NCAA INDOOR
|Senior tri-captain Jackie Ferry and the rest of
the DMR are ranked #1 in the nation heading into the NCAA meet
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's indoor track & field
team has qualified six individuals to compete at the 2009 NCAA Division 3
Championships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana
this weekend (Mar. 13-14).
The Jumbo distance medley relay (DMR) enters the national meet
ranked #1 in the nation with the 11:47.96 time that they ran in the Gantcher
Center on Friday to win the ECAC title. The Tufts 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) will challenge for the national
championship on Friday at 6:05 pm CST. Tufts is the defending champion in the
DMR, with McNamara running the lead-off 1,200-meter leg in last season's
11:46.79 win. The 2007 Tufts DMR was second at Nationals.
Tufts also has the #2 ranked qualifier in the triple jump
entering Nationals with first-year Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA). Her
season's best of 39'3" (11.96) stood up as the best in the nation until
Springfield's Nikki Hay went 39'3 1/4" (11.97m) at Gantcher in the ECAC's on
Saturday. Jones, who reached her mark on January 23 at Boston University, will
compete on Saturday at 11:30 am CST.
Joining Jones as Boston-based Jumbo athletes who enjoyed
outstanding first years for Tufts Track & Field is Dayorsha Collins (Boston,
MA), who qualified in the high jump. She cleared 5'5 1/4" (1.66m) at the
Tufts Invitational on January 17 to rank 10th heading into the NCAA meet. She is
the first Jumbo to compete at NCAA's, men or women, on Friday at 3:30 pm CST.
Way back on December 6 at Northeastern's Husky Winter Carnival
to open the indoor season, McNamara ran a 17:26.91 in the 5K that qualified 13th
for NCAA's. The sophomore stand-out will run on Saturday at 3:55 pm CST.
Coach Kristen Morwick's women's team was sixth at Indoor
Nationals a year ago.
NCAA Div. 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships Website