Brunswick, Maine - February 21, 2009 - The Springfield College women's indoor track and field team finished fifth out of 24 teams at the Division III New England Championships on Saturday afternoon.
As she has all season, junior Nikki Hay (Norwalk, Conn.) was sensational for the Pride as she had a part in 44 of the Pride's 77 points in the meet. MIT won the competition with 134 points.
Springfield had several finishers named All-New England in the meet. Anyone who placed in the top eight was named All-New England.
Hay won three events on the day as she captured the 55 meter dash in a NCAA Championship Provisional Qualifying time of 7.27. Hay then went on to win the 200 meter dash in 25.18 and won the long jump with a distance of 17-06.00. She was also the anchor leg of the winning 4x200 relay that finished in 1:46.02. She was joined by Katie Parente, Nicole Reynolds, Erika Marks.
Hay also broke the school record in the 200 meters that she tied last week. She broke the record of 25.3 that was shared with former Springfield great, Janet Williams.
Freshman Fatima Rose continued her impressive first year for the Pride as she finished second in both the shot put and weight throw. She recorded a toss of 40-03.50 to finish second in the shot put, and a mark of 51-09.75 to finish second in the weight throw. Kelsey Bishop finished with a distance of 47-04.50 in the weight throw as she placed fifth.
Marks also took fourth in the 55 meters in 7.51, one of the other top individual finishes for Springfield in the meet. Lacey Cartier finished eighth in the 600 (1:40.18), while the 4x400 relay team of Joy Jennifer, Reynolds, Cartier, and Kathryn Schumann finished sixth in a time of 4:07.97. Also recording points for Springfield was Kayla Robertson, who registered a height of 5-02.25 in the high jump, good enough for sixth place.
Finally, in the Distance Medley relay, Lindsey Eby, Jennifer, Sarah Croft, and Michelle Mirti earned All-New England honors finishing 8th place overall in 13:24.11.