The women's outdoor track team sprung into action last weekend at the Springfield Invitational with a third-place finish behind Springfield and Middlebury.

The first meet of the season proved successful for two women in particular; Laura Peterson '12 and Elsa Millett '12 each took home two wins apiece. First year Anna Prohl also won the discus event.

Peterson, who was victorious in the long jump with a measurement of 5.27 meters, and the triple jump with a measurement of 10.86 meters, expressed excitement over the improvement of the Bowdoin long jumpers.

"We have been focusing on our strength and technique," said Peterson. "I think that work will be particularly evident in upcoming championship meets."

On of the team captains, Christina Argueta '11 discussed the Polar Bears' third-place finish and the ways in which the team can improve.

"We are within reach of Springfield and Middlebury and we know that at NESCACs we have to be able to surpass Middlebury," said Argueta. "Our team only gets stronger at the end of the season and our third-place finish just serves as extra motivation for the championship portion of the season."

"It was certainly disappointing to finish behind both Middlebury and Springfield," added Peterson. "I always look forward to watching the 110 percent effort of my teammates. It is that effort that can set us apart in the track and field events."

Argueta cited momentum coming into the season as a major confidence booster for later competition.

"What is really exciting about this season is that we have a good number of athletes that are coming off of a strong indoor finish," said Argueta. "Because outdoor is so short, having some momentum from the winter is key."

Peterson keeps and optimistic attitude about the season and the team's chances of performing well in the future.

"As a competitive team we always strive to win meets, but in track it is also important to be mindful of the big picture," said Peterson. "Our training is building and will taper for big performances in the upcoming meets."

The Polar Bears will return to the track tomorrow at the University of New Hampshire to compete in the New Hampshire Invitational Meet at 11 a.m.