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Monday, March 9, 2009


Senior tri-captain Jackie Ferry and the rest of the DMR are ranked #1 in the nation heading into the NCAA meet

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's indoor track & field team has qualified six individuals to compete at the 2009 NCAA Division 3 Championships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana this weekend (Mar. 13-14).

The Jumbo distance medley relay (DMR) enters the national meet ranked #1 in the nation with the 11:47.96 time that they ran in the Gantcher Center on Friday to win the ECAC title. The Tufts foursome of sophomore Amy Wilfert (Westborough, MA), senior Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, IL), senior tri-captain Jackie Ferry (Studio City, CA) and sophomore Stephanie McNamara (North Attleborough, MA) will challenge for the national championship on Friday at 6:05 pm CST. Tufts is the defending champion in the DMR, with McNamara running the lead-off 1,200-meter leg in last season's 11:46.79 win. The 2007 Tufts DMR was second at Nationals.

Tufts also has the #2 ranked qualifier in the triple jump entering Nationals with first-year Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA). Her season's best of 39'3" (11.96) stood up as the best in the nation until Springfield's Nikki Hay went 39'3 1/4" (11.97m) at Gantcher in the ECAC's on Saturday. Jones, who reached her mark on January 23 at Boston University, will compete on Saturday at 11:30 am CST.

Joining Jones as Boston-based Jumbo athletes who enjoyed outstanding first years for Tufts Track & Field is Dayorsha Collins (Boston, MA), who qualified in the high jump. She cleared 5'5 1/4" (1.66m) at the Tufts Invitational on January 17 to rank 10th heading into the NCAA meet. She is the first Jumbo to compete at NCAA's, men or women, on Friday at 3:30 pm CST.

Way back on December 6 at Northeastern's Husky Winter Carnival to open the indoor season, McNamara ran a 17:26.91 in the 5K that qualified 13th for NCAA's. The sophomore stand-out will run on Saturday at 3:55 pm CST.

Coach Kristen Morwick's women's team was sixth at Indoor Nationals a year ago.

2009 NCAA Div. 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships Website