Springfield, Mass. -- April 27, 2013 -- MIT tallied 228.5 points to win its fifth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference women's track & field championship this afternoon at Springfield College's Blake Track. The host Pride finished third of nine squads with 102.5 points.
The final scores saw MIT finish first with 228.5 points, followed by Wheaton with 153, Springfield (102.5), WPI (91), Smith (67), Wellesley (51), Coast Guard (45), Mount Holyoke (22), and Babson (20).
MIT has now won this championship five straight times, and six of the last seven.
Earning the NEWMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year was senior Amanda Claflin from Wheaton, winner of the 100 and 200-meter runs, and a member of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Earning the NEWMAC Women's Field Athlete of the Year was Sylvia Okoye of Wheaton, winner of the hammer throw. Earning the NEWMAC Women's Rookie of the Year was freshman Jordan Silva from Wheaton, winner of the 10,000 meter run.
The afternoon was highlighted by six new NEWMAC records.
Junior Gabriella Gaudreault of Springfield won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.05. That shattered the previous NEWMAC record of 2:16.26 set by the Pride's Lacey Cartier in 2008.
Freshman Sarah Quinn of MIT set a NEWMAC mark of 4:37.33 in the 1500. That broke the record of 4:37.77 of Jacqui Wentz of MIT in 2010.
In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Ashante Little of Wheaton established a NEWMAC record of 14.06 seconds. That broke the mark of Did Jusme of Wheaton, which had been 14.16 seconds in 2012.
Senior Kirsten Silfvenius of Smith set a new record of 1:02.30 in the 400-meter hurdles. The old mark was 1:02.77 by Noreen Kordziel of Wheaton in 2003.
Wheaton's 4x100-meter relay team smashed that event's record with a time of 46.24 seconds. The quartet of junior Amber Spencer, Little, senior Amanda Claflin, and freshman Francesca Flynn broke MIT's record of 47.84 seconds set just last year.
Finally, Wheaton set another relay record, this one in the 4x400-meters, with a time of 3:50.48. That was courtesy of Little, Claflin, senior Samantha Bennett, and junior Meredith Scannell. The old mark was held by Wheaton in 3:53.17, set in 2012.
Springfield put together three wins in the meet, including Gaudreault's victory in the 800. The other Pride wins were produced by sophomore Amanda Martin in the long jump at 18-feet, 1 1/2 inches, and by senior Colleen Brague in the javelin with a toss of 123-feet, 4-inches. The latter came on Brague's final attempt.