Tufts Wins NESCAC Women's Track & Field Championship

Tufts Wins NESCAC Women's Track & Field Championship

Courtesy Tufts University Sports Information

Complete Women's Results

Kelly Allen won three times as Tufts swept the throwing events to lead the Jumbo women’s outdoor track & field team to a decisive victory at the 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships at home on Ellis Oval/Dussault Track Saturday, April 27.

Head coach Kristen Morwick’s Jumbos ended Williams’ 12-year run as NESCAC champions by combining for 203 points. Second place Middlebury was 85.5 points behind with a 117.5 final score. Colby (109.50) took third and 20-time champion Williams placed fourth (109). The Tufts victory is the program’s first in the NESCAC Championships since 1988.

Allen’s triple included wins in the shot put (43’1” / 13.13m), discus (153’2” / 46.69m), and hammer throw (172’10” / 52.67m). Her discus victory was the fourth of her career, and she defended her shot put title as well. She finishes NESCAC competition with eight victories at the championship meet in her career. Robin Armstrong also won the javelin throw for Tufts with 122’11” (37.46m) distance.

Jumbo Jana Hieber earned her third straight NESCAC crown in the 400 hurdles, timing 1:02.80. Tufts also had a conference-record performance while winning the 4x100 relay. Christina Harvey, Samantha Bissonnette, Anya Kaufman, and Alexis Harrison combined on a 48.27 NESCAC record time.

Three records in total were broken at the meet. Another came in the relays as Colby’s 3:51.97 is a new 4x400 mark. The Mules foursome was Emily Doyle, Frances Onyilagha, Emily Tolman, and Brittney Bell. Onyilagha  was also first in the 200 meters for Colby, crossing the finish line in 25.08 seconds. Doyle won the 400 meters in 57.12 seconds.

In the pole vault, Jenna Adams from Williams cleared 11’11 3/4” (3.65m) to set a new NESCAC record. The title was her second in a row. Williams triple jumper Brooke Johnson was also a winner, going 36’11” (11.25m).

Middlebury received second-in-a-row NESCAC victories from Juliet Ryan-Davis and Addie Tousley. Ryan-Davis defended her 800 meters title with a 2:13.73 win.  Tousley won the 5,000 meters with a 16:59.91 finish. The victory was Tousley’s third at the NESCAC Championships overall, including the 2010 10K. The Panthers also won the 4x800 relay today in a 9:26.19 time.

Alexis Walker recorded a pair of wins for Wesleyan. She was first in the 100 meters (12.29) and also topped the field in the long jump (18’5” / 5.61m). The Cardinals’ Hannah Zimmerman repeated as 10,000 meters champ, running a 37:10.63 race.

Amherst featured a pair of champions. In the 1,500 meters, Lauren Almeida was first with a 4:35.60 time. Keri Lambert was the 3,000 meters steeplechase titlist, finishing in 10:36.83.

Michele Kaufman from Bowdoin timed 14.81 to win the 100 hurdles, and Bates’s Colby Gail was first in the high jump 5’5” (1.65m).

Women's Final Standings 

1. Tufts 203
2. Middlebury 117.50
3. Colby 109.50
4. Williams 109
5. Bowdoin 82
6. Wesleyan 71
7. Bates 58
8. Amherst 45
9. Trinity 15
10. Hamilton 7
11. Connecticut College 2