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ECAC Division 3 Championships
Friday-Saturday, March 6-7, 2009
At Medford, MA

Anchor Steph McNamara brought the DMR home to an NCAA automatic qualifying time

MEDFORD -- Tufts University's distance medley relay ran an NCAA Championships automatic qualifying time of 11:47.96 to win the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships title at home on Friday afternoon inside the Gantcher Center. The new ECAC Championship meet and facility record was the highlight of the team's 10th-place performance at the meet, scoring 30 points.

The Tufts foursome of sophomore Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA), senior Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, IL), senior quad-captain Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA) and sophomore Stephanie McNamara (North Attleborough, MA) was almost six seconds better than the NCAA automatic standard of 11:53.60. The Tufts time is currently the fastest in the nation for the event.

In a two-team race with the College of New Jersey, McNamara moved the Jumbos ahead in the final lap. TCNJ also recorded an automatic qualifying time of 11:49.73 in second place. Both teams will head to Terre Haute, Indiana for the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships next weekend (March 13-14) at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Also on the first day of the ECAC's, Tufts junior Logan Crane (Portland, ME) qualified for the finals in the 55-meter dash with the second-best preliminary time of 7.27 seconds, an NCAA provisional mark. She went on to finish fifth in the finals on Saturday with a 7.31 time.

Senior quad-captain Paula Dormon (Brockton, MA) placed third in the shot put on Friday with a 41'10" (12.75m) heave. Junior Andrea Ferri (Dracut, MA) was seventh in the heptathlon (2,782 points) to score two points for Coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos on the first day.

On Saturday, first-year Dayorsha Collins (Boston, MA) was fourth in the high jump at 5'3 3/4" (1.62m). The 4x800 meter relay ran seventh (9:49.22) and sophomore Andrea Caruth (Vauxhall, NJ) scored eighth in the 500 meters with a 1:20.41 time. Sophomore Jen Yih (Palo Alto, CA), junior Kerry Virgien (Los Angeles, CA), first-year Lauren Flament (Shelton, CT) and first-year Amanda Parker (North Attleborough, MA) combined the 4x8.

Springfield College won the ECAC women's title with 62 points.