Women Place Third at DIII New England Championships

February 17, 2007

PORTLAND, ME – With the regular portion of the season finished, the Amherst College women’s track and field team headed to the University of Southern Maine for the Division III New England Championships. The Lord Jeffs earned 93 points on the day, the highest point total ever by an Amherst team, just 16 points behind second-place Tufts University.

The Amherst squad started and finished the day with a win, as the distance medley relay team of first-years Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) and Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA) and sophomores Molly Priedman (Wayzata, MN) and Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) opened up the meet with a first-place finish. The 4x800 relay team of Priedman, McDermott-Murphy and senior tri-captains Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and Maria Millard (Orono, ME) earned a come-from-behind victory to bookend the championship in winning style.

Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) grabbed the lone individual victory for the team, as she won the 5k in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:24. The event proved to be the most successful for the team, as sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) and juniors Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS) all ran to their best times of the year en route to racking up 23 points, finishing third, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Tropiano returned later in the day to grab fifth place in the 3k, an event in which junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) returned to championship form by grabbing third place, just missing breaking the 10-minute barrier. Millard just missed breaking the school record in the 600, as she ran to a great time of 1:36.30 and grabbed runner-up honors, after warming up for the event by joining with senior tri-captain Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY) and sophomores Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and Kate Silverman (Upper Montclair, NJ) in the 4x200, where they finished sixth.

Garrahan finished second in a very tight battle in the mile, and then came back to finish third in the 1000, while Galleher would run to a 10th place finish in that. McDermott-Murphy, in the middle of her winning relay legs, also grabbed valuable third-place points in the 800 in a smart, tactical race. The 4x400 relay team of Campbell, Reggie, Levenson and Silverman grabbed a third-place finish, as the relay teams accounted for an impressive 29 points of the team’s total. First-year Jennifer Rybak (Clifton Park, NY) completed her first collegiate pentathlon, placing sixth overall and clearing 5'0 in the high jump, significantly improving upon her jumps from earlier in the season.

The Lord Jeffs return to action this weekend for the Open New England Championships at Boston University.

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