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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Led by a strong showing in the 5000 and 10,000-meter runs, the Amherst women's outdoor track & field team opened its 2012 season with a fifth-place finish at the AIC Invitational.
UMass-Amherst took home top honors with 175.50 team points, followed by Williams (162), Hartford (101.50), host American International (95) and Amherst (75) in the top five. Westfield State (59) came in sixth, with Central Connecticut State University (52) and Pace University (2) rounding out the field of eight.
Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, Mass.) got her spring season off to a superb start, winning the 5000-meter run with an NCAA provisional time of 17:04.38. Teammates Lizzy Briskin '15 (Sherborn, Mass.) and Lisa Walker '14 (Superior, Colo.) also impressed, coming in fourth (18:16.50) and fifth (18:33.37), respectively, with a pair of ECAC qualifying times, as Amherst posted 19 points in the event.
Elodie Reed '13 (Bow, N.H.) headlined a trio of top-five finishers in the 10,000m, coming in third with a time of 39:17.70, while Jessica Kaliski '15 (Wellesley, Mass.) and Angie Epifano '14 (Green Cover Springs, Fla.) tied for fourth, crossing the tape in 39:31.70.
Also enjoying a solid afternoon was Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, D.C.), who posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200. Her 100 dash time of 12.75 bested the ECAC Division III qualifying mark, while her 25.76 showing in the 200 qualified her for the NEICAAA. Closing out the day with an eighth-place finish in the 100m hurdles, she tallied 17 points to lead all Jeff performers.
Abraelle Shirley '15 (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, Mass.) also posted a pair of ECAC qualifying times in the 200m (26.32) and 1500m (4:44.68), placing third and fourth, respectively, while Jordan Roehl '12 (Portales, N.M.) and Jessica Mueller '13 (East Freetown, Mass.) paced Amherst in the field events.
Roehl earned five points on the day, finishing sixth in the hammer (39.63m) and seventh in the discus (30.12m), while Mueller came in fourth in the triple jump (10.33m).
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 14 at the UMass Invitational.