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Thursday, May 4, 2006


MEDFORD – Thirteen members of the Tufts University women's outdoor track & field team placed among the top three in their events at Saturday's New England Small College Athletic (NESCAC) Championships and therefore were named to the 2006 All-Conference team.

Tufts took second at the meet behind Williams, winning the 4x800 meter relay to surpass Middlebury College for the runner-up finish. Tufts scored 130.5 points and Middlebury scored 126. The 4x8 of junior Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME/Edward Little), sophomore Cat Beck (Brookline, NH/Hollis-Brookline), junior Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT/Brookfield) and sophomore Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA/Oliver Ames) took first in 9 minutes, 20.24 seconds. Beck and Makai were on the 4x8 that won last year's NESCAC title also. Crispin has now had a part in four NESCSAC wins, including the 4x4 and 1,500 last year and the 800 in 2004.

Beck and O'Brien were two of three Jumbos to receive All-NESCAC recognition in multiple events. They each won titles individually. O'Brien won the 800 meters in 2:14.65 and Beck was first in the 1,500 meters with a 4:35.4 time.

Senior tri-captain Rachel Bloom (Sharon, MA/Sharon) led the group with three honors overall. She was second in the 400 meters (59.55 seconds), then joined the 4x100 meter relay to take third place (50.54 seconds) and the 4x400 meter relay that was second (3:59.35).

Junior Joyce Uang (Medford, MA/Medford), sophomore Erica Steinitz (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) and freshman Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, IL/Cate School) ran with Bloom in the All-NESCAC 4x100 relay. Bloom and Uang were also half of the 4x400 group including freshman Aubrey Wasser (Richmond, VT/Mount Mansfield) and freshman Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA/Harvard-Westlake).

Senior tri-captain Becca Ades (Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) ran second in 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10:52.5 time. Sophomore Kaleigh Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield) was second in the long jump, reaching 17 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Freshman Kathleen Rutecki (Milton, MA/Milton) was the third freshman to be recognized based on her third place in 400 meter hurdles (1:06.29).