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New England Outdoor Open Championships
At Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Friday-Saturday, May 8-9, 2004

Meet Results

BOSTON -- The Tufts University Women's Outdoor Track & Field team set three new school records and had many more NCAA qualifiers and personal best performances at the New England Open Championships hosted by Northeastern on Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos were ninth overall.

Leading the way was senior Jessica Trombly (Nashua, NH), who won 400 Hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 0.78 seconds that is the best in Division III at the moment. She broke her old record of 1:02.28 set last year. Sophomore Becca Ades (Shelburne, VT) also broke the year-old 3,000 Steeplechase record with a time of 10:53.86, placing fourth at the meet. The old record-holder was Mary Nodine, who ran 11:03.41 in 2003. The group knocking the oldest record out of the books was the 4x400 Relay squad of senior captain Emily Bersin (Orleans, MA), sophomore Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA), junior Sika Henry (Upper Montclair, NJ) and Trombly. Their 3:52.17 time erased the 3:53.61 ran in 1986 by Cheryl Hayes, Cynthia Larson, Janice Blood and Elizabeth Sutton in 1986.

Besides Trombly's top time in the country for the 400 Hurdles, Jumbos reached NCAA marks in three other events. Ades' run in the 3k steeplechase is a provisional qualifier and sixth nationally. Senior Lauren Caputo (Belmont, MA) finished the steeplechase in 11:03.98, 10th nationally. The 4x4 time is currently seventh nationally.

Eleven Jumbos earned All-New England honors (top 8). In addition to the 400 Hurdles, Trombly was seventh in the 100 Hurdles (15.29 seconds) to take seventh place. Ades, Caputo and the 4x4 were also All-New England. The 4x800 Relay of junior Katie Sheedy (Reading, MA), Ades, freshman Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT) and senior captain Katie Higley (Raymond, ME) were eighth with a time of 9:33.86.

Henry took fourth in the High Jump (5 feet, 4 1/4 inches), senior Kate Gluckman (Morrisville, VT) was eighth in the Discus (129' 11") and sophomore Megan Sears (Washington Depot, CT) was sixth in the Heptathlon (3,991 points) to round out the All-New England recipients.

Tufts was the second Division III finisher behind Wheaton College at the meet. The team's 34 points defeated such Division I programs as UMass, Boston University and Vermont.