Northampton, Mass. - February 18, 2012 - The Springfield College women’s track and field team competed in the Division III New England Championships at Smith College on Saturday and placed 10th with 31.33 points as a squad.
Williams won the team event with 143 points, while MIT (142 points), Bowdoin (72), Tufts (64), and Middlebury (58) rounded out the top five.
The Pride’s top individual finisher was Jenn Kapinos, a sophomore from nearby Agawam, Mass.. Kapinos finished sixth in the 600 meter run, and set the new Springfield College record time at 1:38.84, eclipsing the old mark of 1:39.68.
Laurie Jenkins also scored for Springfield, placing seventh in the day’s first event, the 60 meter dash. A day after Kelly Curtis won the pentathlon to give Springfield 10 early points, Jenkins added to the Pride total by running an 8.04 second time in the 60 meter finals.
In the 400 meter event, Gabriella Gaudreault earned another seventh place spot for Springfield, clocking in at 1:00.04.
The Pride also fared well in the relay events. The 4x400 meter quartet of Kathryn Schumann, Jenkins, Crystal Davis, and Gaudreault snagged second place with an impressive time of 3:59.69. Springfield and MIT were the only two relay teams to finish the event in under 4:00. The 4x200 meter team finished fifth to score as well. Davis, Gaudreault, and Jenkins teamed up with freshman Elizabeth Saia to run a time of 1:46.09 for the top-five placement.
Springfield added to its success in the field events. Curtis tied for eighth in the high jump after soaring 1.53 meters, and Amanda Martin finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.18 meters. All top-8 finishers in the day’s events earn recognition as All-New England performers.
Next week the Pride will head to Boston for the All New England Championships to compete with teams from all three NCAA Divisions.