Women’s Track and Field Puts Forth Strong Individual Efforts at Two Weekend Meets
Issue   |   Tue, 01/31/2017 - 22:55
Amherst Athletics
Yrenly Yuan ‘19 leaped 9.5 meters in the triple jump this weekend.

This past weekend, Amherst women’s indoor track and field competed at the Tufts University Invitational, a non-scoring meet. Senior Kiana Herold and junior Abbey Asare-Bediako led the team, with Herold taking first place finish in the high jump and Asare-Bediako claiming first in the triple jump.

Herold’s leap of 1.67 meters earned her a third consecutive first place finish in the event. She has transitioned back in quickly after taking a season off last year.

Teammate Kaitlyn Siegel ’20 earned fourth place in the high jump, recording a jump of 1.57 meters.

Asare-Bediako’s jump of 10.91 meters earned her first place in the triple jump, her second consecutive first place showing. Her impressive performance this year has earned the athlete a 30th ranking among all division III triple-jumpers. She rounded out her impressive performance in the field event with another strong showing, this time on the track. Her time of 8.16 seconds was good for fourth place overall in the 60-meter dash.

Rubii Tamen ’19 notched another successful short distance performance, finishing 12th in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 1:02.14 shaved over a second off of her time from last week’s meet.

Junior Leonie Rauls led the charge for Amherst in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:24 flat earned her fourth place overall. First-year teammate Sylvia Frank finished just over four seconds later, grabbing a ninth place finish.

In the 1000-meter run, two purple and white runners were separated by less than a second. First-year Kristin Ratliff nabbed fifth place with a time of 3:12.07 and senior Cat Lowdon followed on her heels, taking sixth place with a time of 3:12.93.

Two distance runners — first-year Katherine Treanor and senior Savanna Gornisiewicz — competed away from their teammates that same day, racing at the Middlebury invitational and combining to earn 11 points as a pair. Treanor took second in the 5000-meter race with at time of 17:47.73. Gornisiewicz followed closely behind, finishing in 18:10.14, good for sixth place overall. Treanor is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the 5-kilometer distance.

The purple and white return to competition next Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Wesleyan University Invitational. This is the team’s penultimate meet before beginning regional playoff action at the NCAA Division III New England meet in two weeks.