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.

Ellen Longsworth ’71 enjoyed a non-traditional tenure at Amherst, spending a year at the college thanks to a “co-educational” experiment program that allowed her to take two semesters away from Mount Holyoke College. The art historian and professor has held fast to her commitment to education and continues to pull on her Amherst experiences throughout her tenure as a professor in the Visual & Performing Arts department at Merrimack College.

My first introduction to Mercedes MacAlpine came as my Community Engagement Orientation trip leader during first-year orientation. She was everything I expected an Amherst student to be, and everything I hoped to embody. Within an hour of meeting MacAlpine, her infectious effervescence and leadership had already inspired a group of 30 timid first-years.