Women run Brandeis into the ground
During two weeks of pre-season training in the sub-zero Maine air, the women's indoor track team defeated seven other schools at the Brandeis invitational and finished second of four teams at home last weekend.
First-year Kate Halloran was the only female individual to win her event, the 55-meter dash, at both meets. Halloran improved her time from 7.62 to 7.57 seconds within the week, and has already qualified for the New England Division III meet. Halloran also finished in second place in the 200-meter, with her time of 27.07 seconds qualifying her for a second event at Division IIIs.
Fellow first-years Louise Duffus and Erin Prifogle also won their events at the Brandeis invitational. Prifogle won the high jump, clearing just short of 5'2." Duffus, the Maine state champion in the shot put last spring, won her event with a throw of 39.75 feet.
Laura Perovich '05 joined Duffus to dominate the throwing events at Brandeis. Perovich claimed first place for the weight throw with a heave of just over 47 feet, a distance that qualified her for Division IIIs, ECACs, and Open New Englands. Perovich also earned sixth place in the shot put.
In the distance events, Emily Sheffield '06 and co-captain Jane Cullina '04 demonstrated the effectiveness of their training during the summer and fall, winning their events, setting personal records, and qualifying for Division III's. Sheffield won the 600-meter in 1:40.72, 4 full seconds ahead of the runner-up, and Cullina completed the 800-meter in 2:21.36, just ahead of teammate Katie Walker who ran 2:22.45.
The women's distance medley relay team also claimed first place at the meet. Ellen Beth '05, Livy Lewis '07, Allie Yanikoski '06, and Audra Caler '05 easily defeated the MIT team as their only competition with a time of 13:03, fast enough to qualify for the ECAC's.
Beth also qualified for Division IIIs and ECACs in one of her personal best performances in the 3000-meter. Beth finished in second place with a time of 10:37.82, followed by co-captain Kala Hardacker '04 in 11:05.29.
Kristen Brownell '07 finished in second place in the 5000-meter with a time of 20:11.47. The women's 4x400-meter relay of Natasha Camilo '06, Gessie LePage '07, Cullina, and Sheffield also earned second place in 4:21.02.
Last weekend, in the first home meet of the season, the Bowdoin women finished in second place overall ahead of Brandeis and about 30 points behind Colby.
Winners included Halloran, Lewis, Walker, and Beth. Lewis claimed the 600-meter in 1:43.16, Walker led the 1000-meter in 3:05.46, and Beth won the 3000-meter in 10:39.67.
In second place to Beth, LePage crossed the finish line in 11:14.77. LePage also finished in third place in the mile in 5:30.19, just behind Hardacker, who ran 5:28.32. Campelia earned second place in the 400-meter run, sprinting to a time of 61.40.
Campelia then anchored the 4x400-meter relay team of Hackert, Yanikoski, and Lewis to a second-place finish of 4:12.77. Hackert also nabbed second place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.41.
Bowdoin rounded out its second-place finishes in the 4x800-meter relay, the weight throw, the pole vault, and the high jump. The relay team of Chelsea Spector '04, Hardacker, Walker, and Cullina finished in 10:04.46, behind Colby. Becca Perry '07 soared 8''in the pole vault, Prifogle cleared 4'11'' in the high jump, and Perovich posted a distance of 46'0.5'' in the weight throw.
Perovich also claimed third place in the shot put with a throw of 32'03". Alison Cherry '04 finished in third place in the long jump, leaping 14'07.5'', and the 4x200-meter relay of Camilo, Ruth Jacobson '06, Hackert, and Halloran dashed to third place with a time of 1:50.32.
Brownell and Kat Martens '04 earned fourth place in the 3000-meter and the 200-meter, respectively, with times of 11:23.07 and 28.01. Bowdoin teammates worked together for fourth and fifth place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles, the 800-meter, and the 1000-meter. Prifogle and Cherry leaped over the hurdles in 9.57 and 9.68, Cullina and Yanikoski completed the 800 in 2:25.10 and 2:26.17, and co-captain Lynne Davies '04 and Alix Roy '07 crossed the line in the 1000 at 3:13.33 and 3:20.46.
This weekend the women will face tough competition, hosting Tufts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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