Medford, Mass. - April 2, 2011 - – The Springfield College women’s track and field team placed second Saturday afternoon at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts University.
Tufts won the fifteen-team meet with a point total of 147.5, while Springfield’s 130.5 points took second place. Dartmouth (89 points), Harvard (83), and Wheaton (79) rounded out the top five.
The Pride relay teams excelled, winning both the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter events. In the 4x100, the group of Crystal Davis, Laurie Jenkins, Kelly Murphy, and Gabriella Gaudreault took first with a time of 49.85. In the 4x400 meter, Joy Jennifer, Shannon Park, Kathryn Schumann, and Kelly Murphy won in 4:05.61.
The Springfield women used consistent, balanced scoring to achieve their second place finish. Kelly Curtis was the top individual performer for the Pride with second place in the 100 meter hurdles as she clocked in at 14.94 seconds. In the other hurdling event, the 400 meter, the Pride got two top-8 finishes. Bethany Young placed fourth in 1:07.84 and Nadia Hernandez placed sixth in 1:09.06.
Erika Marks put the Pride on the scoreboard early, placing fifth in the meet’s opening event. Marks clocked in at 13.62 seconds in the 100 meter dash. In the 200 meter event, Schumann placed fifth with a time of 27.32. In the 400 meters, Springfield got points from both Gaudreault and Jennifer. Gaudreault placed third with a time of 59.16 and Jennifer placed fourth at 59.81.
Others that ran well for the Pride included Jenn Kapinos in the 800 meters, as she took fifth and crossed the finish line in 2:23.48. In the 5000 meter event, Katie Burns finished with a time of 19:44.35, good for eighth place. In the 10,000 meter, Molly Powell earned third place in 41:47.66, and in the 3000 meter steeplechase, Springfield got a second place finish from Amanda Mullen, who clocked in at 14:10.32.
In the field events, Curtis continued the Pride scoring with a fourth place finish in the high jump as she leapt to a height of 1.55 meters to earn the points. In the pole vault, Rhian Dugan contributed with a second place finish, soaring to 3.05 meters in the finals. Samantha Artz fared well in both the long jump and triple jump events, taking fourth in the long jump at 5.14 meters and sixth in the triple jump at 9.98 meters. In the discus, Michelle Angelo threw 29.72 meters to earn seventh. Angelo then went on to take fourth in the shot put, throwing 10.67 meters in the event. Amber Judge also chipped in with a seventh place finish in the shot put at 10.06 meters. In the javelin, Curtis and Colleen Brague went back to back with second and third place finishes. Curtis threw 36.16 meters and Brague’s toss measured 33.84 meters.
The Springfield women will be back in action next Saturday as they host Middlebury and Bowdoin at Blake Track.