JUMBOS ARE RUNNER-UP TO WILLIAMS IN NEW ENGLAND
COLLEGE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
New England Division III Indoor Championships
At Gantcher Center (Medford, MA)
Saturday, February 18, 2006
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's track & field team won five titles at the 2006 New England Division III Indoor Championship meet on Saturday afternoon at the Gantcher Center. The Jumbos compiled a score of 122.33 points, behind only four-time defending championship Williams College's score of 154.
The Tufts relay teams won two of the four races. The 4x4 nipped Williams by 0.11 seconds with a time of 4 minutes, 1 .54 seconds. The Tufts team was comprised of freshman Aubrey Wasser (Richmond, VT), senior tri-captain Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA), sophomore Joyce Uang (Medford, MA) and freshman Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA).
The 4x8 won in less dramatic fashion, posting a 9:28.12 time that was better than six seconds ahead of Bowdoin College and was a New England Division III Championship meet record. Junior Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME), junior Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT), sophomore Laura Walls (Clarksville, MD) and sophomore Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA) ran the second best time in Tufts history.
The Jumbos also ran to three individual championships. Crispin is the 1,000 meter run champion after her 2:59.11 time beat Amherst's Ginger Polich to the finish line and set a new school record. Her time erased the 2:59.6 mark set by Colleen Burns in 2000. Bloom ran the 600 meters in 1:37.23 to edge Bowdoin's Ali Chase with the third-fastest time in Tufts history. Sophomore Catherine Beck (Brookline, NH) led an excellent field in the 1 mile run with a 5:00.66 time.
O'Brien ran an NCAA provisional time of 2:14.61 to finish second in the 800 meters. Her time is the second best ever at Tufts and is currently ranked fifth for Division III in the nation. Beck completed an impressive double-header by taking second in the 3,000 meter run with a 9:54.45 time time. With that time, she was the second Jumbo to ever run the 3K in under 10 minutes.
Tufts will run in the All-New England Championships at Boston University next weekend (Feb. 24-25).