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Women's Track and Field Competes at Boston University and MIT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., February 11, 2006 – The Springfield College women’s indoor track and field team performed well in two non-scoring meets this weekend. On Friday, February 10, they competed at the Valentine’s Day Meet at Boston University, and on Saturday, February 11, they competed at the MIT Co-ed Invitational in Cambridge, Mass.

At Boston University, SC senior Alisha Miner (Sanbornton, N.H.) (30th place, 59.48) and junior Jen McBride (Mechanicville, N.Y.) (36th place, 59.87) both ran season-bests in the 400-meter dash. The women’s 4x400 meter team of Miner, McBride, freshman Eva Gibson-Mueller (Ipswich, Mass.), and sophomore Kristyn Meade (Raynham, Mass.) also ran their fastest time of the season, in 4:06.12, finishing 23rd.

Freshman standout Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba) continued to perform well. She finished in 11th place in the long jump with a leap of an even 17 feet. Finishing in 20th place in the long jump was freshman Vanessa Ricketts (Greenfield, Mass.) (16’2 ”). Ricketts took 21st place in the triple jump with a leap that covered 33’10 ”. Freshman Kayla Robertson (Peace Dale, R.I.) placed 23rd in the triple jump (33’6 ”).

In the weight throw, junior Rachel Disaia (Waterford, Conn.) finished in 26th place with a throw of 43’03 ”. She was followed by freshmen Sarah Waddington (Westerly, R.I.), (31st place, 41’1 ”), and Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.) (35th place, 40’2 ”).

The next day (Feb. 11) at MIT, there were also many standout performances. The 4x200-meter relay team of McBride, Ricketts, Krosendijk, and senior Yasmin Goris (Worcester, Mass.) continued to improve, finishing first with a season-best time of 1:48.63 that now ranks them third in New England. There was also a win in the long jump by Krosendijk (17' 10 ”), which provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, a win in the 600-meter dash by Miner (1:43.15), which qualified her for the New England Division III Championships, and a win in the 200-meter dash by freshman Katie Parente (Torrington, Conn.) (28.11 seconds).

Pride sophomore Ashley Palmer (Holyoke, Mass.) competed in five events at MIT and qualified for the New England D-III Championships in the pentathlon and the high jump. Waddington improved her weight throw toss from the previous day to a personal-best of 41’7 ”, which qualified her for the New England D-III Championships.

The Pride will next compete on Friday and Saturday (February 17-18) at the New England Division III Championships, hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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