The Amherst women’s track and field team competed in the two-day Division III New England Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this weekend, finishing 11th out of a talented 29-team pool.
The squad showed well in the sprint and mid-distance events. Abbey Asare-Bediako ’18 clocked in a time of 8.09 seconds to claim ninth in the 60-meter dash. Sophmore Rubii Tamen finished 15th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.43 minutes. Julia Asin ’19 continued a strong season with her 11th place finish in the 600-meter run (1:41.97).
Leonie Rauls ’18 placed an impressive seventh in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:05.19. Teammates Kristin Ratliff ’20 and Cat Lowdon ’17 finished back-to-back in the event, claiming 18th and 19th with marks of 3:14.71 and 3:14.88, respectively.
“We were all excited to be at such a competitive meet,” Ratliff said. “That excitement allowed us to be focused and work together as a team, which resulted in some good performances.”
Cross-country standout Katherine Treanor ’20 continued to impress in her short running career as she claimed first in the 5,000-meter run. Finishing in a time of 17:37.52, Treanor beat out her closest competition, Emma Zener from Williams, by an impressive 10 seconds.
The purple and white enjoyed several more strong showings in the distance events.
Senior Savanna Gornisiewicz finishing 14th in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:33.85. Adding an 11th-place finish to the Amherst scorecard, senior Tess Frenzel crossed the finish line in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:34.15.
In the relays — one of Amherst’s strengths this season — the quartet of Tamen, Asin, Rauls and Katherine Hom ’19 placed 11th in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:09.23. The purple and white also placed 12th in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:52.59, 13th in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 13:05.02 and 11th again in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay in 13:05.02.
In the field events, Asare-Bediako continued to impress, placing fourth in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 11.82 meters. This propelled Asare-Bediako into sixth place in the national Division III rankings for the women’s triple jump. First-year Kaitlyn Siegel also impressed in the field events, placing sixth in the high jump with a mark of 1.61 meters.
Next up, Amherst will travel to Roxbury, Mass., to compete in the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 24-25 at the Reggie Lewis Center.