Springfield, Mass. -- May 1, 2009 -- The host Pride of Springfield College has taken a lead after Day 1 of the New England Division III Track & Field Championships at Blake Track. On the strength of a 1-2 finish in the long jump behind freshman Cherelle Allen and junior Nikki Hay, Springfield has scored 33 points, while MIT and Tufts are tied for second with 15 points apiece.
Colby is fourth with 13 points, while Wheaton and Williams are tied for fifth with 11 points each. Bates is next with 6 points, followed by RIC and WPI (4), Middlebury (3), and Westfield State (2).
Allen took the long jump with a leap of 18-10 1/2. She was followed by Hay, who is nursing a slight hamstring, at 17-11 3/4. Hay, the NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year, limited her quantity of jumps today.
Others who captured events included Stephanie McNamara of Tufts in the 10,000 meters (35.32.79), which easily broke the old New England Division III record of 36:27.96 set in 2003 by Julia Bensen of Williams. Lauren Philbrook of Williams came in second in the 10,000 with a time of 37:20.22. Brianna Kondrat of Colby captured the women's hammer throw (162-4).
From a Springfield point of view, senior Kelsey Bishop took second in the hammer (159-9), while freshman Fatima Rose took seventh in the same event (143-9). In the 10,000, junior Amanda DiPaolo finished fourth in 37:51.81.
Meanwhile, halfway through the heptathlon (after four events), Hazel Briner of MIT is holding onto the lead with 2,530 points. Morgan Jamiel of Wheaton is in second at 2,327, followed by Andrea Ferri of Tufts (2,195).
Please see full results attached above.