Women's Track Wins Four Events, Places Third at Springfield Invite
Issue   |   Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:42
Amherst Athletics
First-year Debbie Newmark placed sixth in the 1-mile run (5:43.30).

The Amherst women’s indoor track team enjoyed a successful interterm season and started the second semester strong with a third-place finish at the Springfield Invitational this past weekend.

Sprinters Julia Asin ’19 and Victoria Hensley ’16 finished back-to-back in a fast 200-meter heat, finishing third and fourth with times of 27.25 and 27.34, respectively.

The senior, first-year duo continued to shine in the 400-meter race later that day. Again, the two finished back-to-back but this time claiming higher spots on the podium. Hensley finished first with a time of 1:00.36 and Asin claimed second with a time of 1:00.64. First-year Katherine Hom finished fifth in the same race at 1:03.16.

In the 500-meter dash, Kaeli Mathias ’18 claimed a team-high fifth place, coming in at 2:30.10.

The 1,000-meter run belonged to Amherst, with the team sweeping the top-four places in the event. The young, talented group of Olivia Moehl ’19, Leonie Rauls ’18, Lela Walter ’19 and Lizzie Lacy ’19 finished with times of 3:04.86, 3:06.88, 3:11.71 and 3:12.83, respectively.

Lacy also ran well in the one-mile race finishing second overall with a time of 5:23.30. Betsy Black ’16 finished soon after with a time of 5:26.01. First-year Debbie Newmark placed sixth in the event with a time of 5:43.30.

First-year Veronica Rocco was the only Amherst runner in the 3,000-meter run and shined, taking first place with a time of 10:44.00.

The 4x400-meter relay team finished second with Danielle Griffin ’18, Adele Loomis ’18, Rauls and Moehl posting a time of 4:14.65.

The purple and white also excelled in the field events this past weekend at Springfield.

High jumper Becki Golia ’18 finished second with a 1.57-meter jump, while senior Louise Atadja finished fourth overall in the long jump with a distance of 4.58 meters.

Amherst also swept the triple jump, in which Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 and first-years Yrenly Yuan and Emily Flaherty recorded jumps of 10.45 meters, 10.27 meters and 10.16 meters, respectively.

When asked about next weeks’ competition, Asin was optimistic, saying that she is “really just trying to qualify for the ECAC’s in the 400 and improve times in other events.”

Next up, the purple and white will compete next in the Tufts Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.