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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The Amherst women's relay teams recorded a pair of top five finishes to lead the Jeffs to a ninth-place showing at the DIII New England Championships hosted by Smith College.
Posting a time of 12:33.68, Amherst's distance medley relay team of Lisa Walker '14 (Superior, Colo.), Itai Brand-Thomas '15 (San Francisco, Calif.), Ellen Richmond '12 (Concord, N.H.) and Amy Dao '14 (Boxborough, Mass.) helped set the tone with a third-place finish.
Amherst's 4x800 relay team of Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, Mass.), Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, Texas), Richmond and Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, Mass.), also impressed, coming in fourth with a time of 9:38.53, while the 4x200m squad of Abraelle Shirley '15 (Hawthone, Calif.), Shyloe Jones '14 (Cranston, R.I.), Jade McKnight '13 (Pasadena, Calif.) and Beth Hall '14 (Wilmette, Ill.) shaved nearly six-tenths of a second off a 15-year old school record, crossing the tape in 1:48.34.
Once again headlining the Jeff sprinters was sophomore standout Naomi Bates (Washington, D.C.), who set a personal record time of 7.85 in the 60m dash (placing third) before putting together a fifth-place showing in the 200m event (26.09).
In the mile, Lambert set a personal record (4:58.53) en route to a fourth-place finish, while Lizzy Briskin '15 (Sherborn, Mass.) also broke a personal best, coming in 13th with a time of 5:15.54. Lambert also finished fifth in the 800m run, clocking in at 2:18.66, while Almeida slotted eighth in the 1000m with a time of 3:01.67.
Abby Hopper '13 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) set a personal best with a time of 18:49.44 in the 5000-meter run, while Jordan Roehl '12 (Portales, N.M.) broke her own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 15.01m.
Of the 41 competing teams, just 22 scored to factor into the team standings. Williams took home top honors with 143 points, followed by MIT (142), Bowdoin (72), Tufts (64) and Middlebury (58) in the top five.
Worcester State came in fifth (53), with Bates (42) and Southern Maine (36) finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Amherst (35) and Springfield (31.33) rounded out the top-10.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Feb. 24-25 at the Open New England Championships.