South Hadley, Mass. -- April 25, 2009 -- Nikki Hay won three events in leading her Springfield College women's track & field team to a second place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championships today under warm and sunny skies at Mount Holyoke College.
As a team, Springfield scored 175 points, which trailed only MIT (248 points). Following Springfield were Wheaton (155), Smith (81), WPI (60), Babson (27), Mount Holyoke (15), and Coast Guard (9).
Hay, a junior fron Norwalk, Conn., won the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 4 1/4 inches. She also placed first in the 100 with a time of 12.39 (a good 29/100ths of a second better than her nearest competitor), and first in the 200 with a time of 25.61 (96/100ths faster than her nearest competitor). She finished second in her specialty, the triple jump, behind Mickey Jusme of Wheaton College. Jusme had a leap of 39-3 3/4, while Hay had a leap of 38-11. Hay's leap of 40-0 1/2 a week earlier in the triple jump was the best in the nation to that point in Division III. She also anchored SC's second-place finish in the 4x100, a quartet that ran a time of 52.35.
Springfield had other winners during this meet. They included senior Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.), who won the hammer throw (160 feet even), and freshman Fatima Rose (Dover, N.H.) in the shot put (39-8 1/2, three feet better than the second place finisher).
There were other distinguishing efforts from Pride athletes. Senior Kayla Robertson (Wakefield, R.I.) did well by finishing third in the high jump (5-1). In the long jump, freshman Cherelle Allen (New Britain, Conn.) placed fourth (17-2 3/4). In the triple jump, Allen did one place better at 36-6 1/4. Rose also finished second in the discus (120-6), while sophomore Rachel Keyworth (Kensington, Conn.) placed fifth in the same event (112-6). Meanwhile, Rose also took fourth in the hammer (139-10). In the javelin, Allen finished second (114-10), while junior Kari Manning (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) was fourth (99-1).
As mentioned, Hay led SC to a second-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. Running the first three legs were junior Nicole Reynolds (Riverside, R.I.), freshman Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.), and freshman Erika Marks (East Lyme, Conn.).
Marks also took third in the 100 meter dash (12.75). In the 800, sophomore Lacey Cartier (York, Me.) placed fourth (2:20.43), while junior Amanda DiPaolo (Garrison, N.Y.) was seventh (2:22.99). DiPaolo also took second in the 5000 (19:01.27), while Reynolds was also fourth in the 200 (27.36). Finally, in the 4x400 relay, Springfield placed third with a time of 4:06.82. The quartet included Murphy, sophomore Joy Jennifer (Columbia, Md.), junior Katie Schumann (Cromwell, Conn.), and Reynolds.
Up next, a number of Springfield College athletes will be competing at the New England Division III Championships at SC's Blake Track on May 1-2.