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Tufts Invitational III
At Gantcher Center (Medford, MA)
Saturday, February 7, 2004

Meet Results

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's indoor track and field team had a successful return home on Saturday, winning their own Tufts Invitational III by finishing with 150 points, with second-place Wheaton College coming in at 118 points and third-place Ithaca College scoring 81.5 points. Wheaton is the defending NCAA indoor and outdoor champions. The Jumbos scored in all but one of the 19 events, using their depth to take the 16-team invitational.

Senior captain Jess Trombly's (Nashua, NH) two first-place finishes led the team. She blew away the field in the 600 Meter Run (1 minute, 34.13 seconds), finishing almost four seconds ahead of the second-place competitor, while only 3.5 seconds separated the rest of the five finalists. The time was just 0.11 of a second off the Tufts record. The Jumbos began to pull away during this race, as senior captain Emily Bersin (Orleans, MA) finished third (1:39.89) and freshman Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT) took sixth (1:41.65). Trombly then went on to claim victory in the 55 Meter Hurdles in 8.58 seconds, a time that is a provisional qualifier nationally. She also scored points for the team with her second-place finish in the long jump (16 feet, 2 1/4 inches).

Sophomore Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA) scored points in the 55 Meter Dash and the 200 Meter Dash. She took fourth place in the 55 (7.56) and was third in the 200 (26.24), scoring 11 points for the team. Senior Shushanna Mignott (Hartford, CT) also had an excellent day, finishing third in the long jump (15-11 3/4) and taking first place in the triple jump (34-9 1/2), scoring 18 points for the team.

Tufts had a strong showing in the 5000 Meter Run, as four Jumbos finished in the top seven. Senior Lauren Dunn (Daytona Beach, FL) finished third (18:54.05), while freshman Jennifer Torpey (Bellingham, WA) was fourth (19:59.79). Right behind Torpey was senior Katie Mason (Westport, CT), who took fifth place (20:02.69), and freshman Julia Goldberg (Tucson, AZ) finished less than a minute later to claim seventh place (30:57.01). The 800 Meter Run was another strong event for Tufts, as freshman Samantha Moland (Londonderry, NH) finished third (2:25.66) and senior captain Lauren Caputo (Belmont, MA) finished fourth (2:26.44).

The 4x400 relay team, anchored by Trombly, beat a Wheaton foursome anchored by six-time national champion Amber James, with a 3:58.76 time. That is also a national provisional time.

Next up for the team is both the Tufts Stampede, which begins at 10:30 am on Saturday in the Gantcher Center, and the Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University. The Valentine Invitational will begin at 4 pm on Friday and will continue at 10 am on Saturday. These meets are the last before the championship season begins with the New England Division III Championships at MIT on Saturday, February 21.