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BOSTON, Mass. - The distance medley relay team placed fourth to lead Amherst women's indoor track & field at the Open New England Championships hosted by Boston University.
Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, Mass.), Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, D.C.), Amy Dao '14 (Boxborough, Mass.) and Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, Mass.) turned in the nation's fourth fastest time in Division III, clocking in at 11:52.71. Also registering as the third fastest time in school history, Amherst's DMR earned five team points after finishing behind Middlebury, Vermont and CCSU.
Beth Hall '14 (Wilmette, Ill.), Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, D.C.), Almeida and Jade McKnight '13 (Pasadena, Calif.) placed 18th in the 4x400 with a time of 4:02.58, improving on their best performance to date by 13 seconds thanks to career splits from all four runners.
Amherst's 4x800 team of Ellen Richmond '12 (Concord, N.H.), Lisa Walker '14 (Superior, Colo.), Lizzy Briskin '15 (Sherborn, Mass.) and Amy Dao '14 (Boxborough, Mass.) also posted a season-best with a time of 9:35.57.
Individually, Richmond set a personal record with a time of 2:20.75 in the 800-meter, while Lambert narrowly missed out on a chance to score in the mile run by just over two tenths of a second, recording the second fastest time in school history (4:55.85), while placing ninth in a field of 27 Division I, II and III runners.
UConn took home the top team honors with 123 points followed by Sacred Heart (76) and Rhode Island (60). Holy Cross and Northeastern tied for fourth (47), with Providence (44) coming in sixth. Vermont, New Hampshire and American International ended up in a three-way tie for seventh (32), while UMass-Lowell rounded out the top 10 with a score of 30.
Amherst returns to action on Mar. 2-3 at the ECAC Championships.