Women's track Races to Fourth Place at Tufts Sunshine Classic
Issue   |   Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:44
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Amherst hosts NESCAC Championships this Saturday, April 30.

The Amherst College women’s outdoor track and field team finished fourth of seven teams in the Tufts Sunshine Classic last Saturday, April 23.

The Amherst women excelled in the sprint events this week, with Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 sprinting to a fifth-place finish with a time of 13.42 in the 200-meter dash, while Louise Atadja ’16 finished sixth with a time of 13.61.

Victoria Hensley ’16 continued her lights out senior season when she claimed first place in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 59.15 to record ten points for Amherst, while sophomore Danielle Griffin finished in 1:01.17 to claim two points for the purple and white.

The mid-distance events also went well for the purple and white, when Leonie Rauls ’18 ran to a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:18.83, while Kaeli Mathias ’18 finished seventh overall (2:29.05) and Adele Loomis ’18 finished eighth with a time of 2:29.05.

Finally, in the long distance events, Keelin Moehl ’16 claimed six points with a third-place finish in the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:52.43, plus first-year Lela Walter took sixth with a mark of 4:59.99 with two points.

On the field, Becki Golia ’18 jumped to a first-place finish in the high jump with ten points and a mark of 1.59m. In the long jump, Atadja took fifth with a mark of 4.82-meters, and Asare-Bediako won the triple jump with a 11.18-meter leap, while first-year Emily Flaherty finished third with 10.40m.

“We are definitely peaking in time for championship season,” Griffin said. “All the hard work put in at the beginning of the season is definitely coming out at the right time.”

Amherst hopes to continue this success at the NESCAC Championships this Saturday, April 30, hosted at the team’s home field, Pratt Track.

The event will last all day Saturday, with events beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing around 5 p.m.