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Monday, April 5, 2010


MEDFORD -- First year thrower Kelly Allen (Norton, MA) of the Tufts University women's track & field team is making a name for herself during the 2009-10 season. After her outstanding performance at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts University this past Saturday (Apr. 3) at Dussault Track, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has selected her as its Field Performer of the Week.

Allen had been third in the shot put indoors at the New England Division III Championships, but her best event has proven to be the discus throw outdoors. On home turf Saturday, she flung the disk 138'10" (42.32m) to qualify nationally and set a new Tufts record in the event. That distance, currently ranked fourth in the country, was nearly three feet beyond the 136'2" NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Allen's mark was 3'7" further than the 20-year old previous Tufts record of 135'3" set by Toby Dolben in 1990. That had been tied for the fourth oldest team record outdoors.

Allen competed in all four outdoor throwing events on Saturday. In addition to winning the discus, she also finished first in the shot put with a 38'6" (11.73m) best. She took third in the hammer throw at 130'4" (39.72m) and was fourth in the javelin throw with a 108'9" (33.14m) heave. The Snowflake Classic was a non-scoring meet, but had it been scored Allen would have totaled 31 points for Coach Kristen Morwick's Jumbos.