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Wednesday, May 9, 2007


MEDFORD -- The Tufts University Women's Outdoor Track & Field team's recent third-place finish at the 2007 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships produced 12 All-Conference Athletes. The NESCAC announced its All-Conference teams based on the top three finishes in each event at the meet hosted by Middlebury College.

Junior Kaleigh Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) was one of only two athletes at the meet to earn All-NESCAC recognition in four events. The other was Williams College's Maddy Outman. Fitzpatrick earned her four honors with a second place in the 200 meter dash (26.15 seconds), a second place in the 400 meter dash (59.04 seconds), and as part of the 4x100-meter and 4x400 meter relays. The 4x1, with Fitzpatrick running second, won the conference title with a time of 49.36 seconds. The 4x4, Fitzpatrick again in the second spot, took third in 3 minutes, 59.97 seconds.

Four other Jumbos earned multiple All-NESCAC honors for their top-three finishes in more than one event. First-year Logan Crane (Portland, ME) placed third in the 100 meters (12.65 seconds) and ran the lead-off leg of the championship 4x1. Senior tri-captain Sarah Crispin (Auburn, ME) ran 2 minutes, 16.49 seconds in the 800 meters for third place, and was also a member of the team's 4x800-meter relay that was the runner up with a 9:27.63 time. First-year Andrea Ferri (Dracut, MA) picked up two All-Conference awards in the relays, as the third runner in the 4x1 and the lead-off for the 4x4. Junior Joyce Uang (Medford, MA) was also part of the 4x4, and was the runner up in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch.

Tufts won two conference title overall. In addition to the 4x4, junior Catherine Beck (Brookline, NH) won the 1,500 meters in 4:35.28. Other Jumbos with single All-NESCAC individual efforts were Paula Dormon's (Brockton, MA) third place in the shot put (39'8 3/4"), and Jenna Weir's (New York, NY) third place in the long jump (17' 4 3/4"). Four Jumbos were honored singularly for their part in relay events, including senior Jess Mactas (New Canaan, CT) in the 4x1, senior tri-captain Kate Makai (Brookfield, CT) and junior Katy O'Brien (North Easton, MA) in the 4x8 and sophomore Aubrey Wasser (Richmond, VT) in the 4x4.

Tufts scored 102 points at the meet. Their 12 All-NESCAC honorees were second only to Middlebury College, which had 16.