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BOSTON, Mass. - Led by sophomore Naomi Bates' (Washington, D.C.) record-breaking day, the Amherst women's outdoor track & field team finished eighth at the DIII New England Championships hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Placing third in the 100-meter dash, Bates broke her own school record with a time of 12.34, before shaving nearly four-tenths of a second off her personal best time in the 200m event, clocking in at 25.04 en route to another third-place showing.
Also coming in third in the long jump (5.56m), she teamed up with Shyloe Jones '14 (Cranston, R.I.), Jade McKnight '13 (Pasadena, Calif.) and Abraelle Shirley '15 (Hawthorne, Calif.) on the Jeffs' sixth-place 4x100 relay team which posted a program record time of 49.33.
With Shirley also notching a personal best in the 200m (25.65), Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, Mass.) headlined Amherst's mid-distance corps, placing fourth in the 1500-meter run (4:37.07). Finishing sixth, Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, Mass.) took nearly four seconds off her personal record (4:38.98), while Lizzy Briskin '15 (Sherborn, Mass.) came in nearly five seconds under her best mark (4:45.42).
Closing out Amherst's notable performances, Ellen Richmond '12 (Concord, N.H.) finished 13th in the 800-meter run with a personal-best 2:20.10, while the 4x800 relay team placed fifth with an outstanding leg from Olivia Tarantino '15 (Summit, N.J.).
Williams took home the top team honor with 157 points, followed by host MIT (124), Tufts (81), Worcester State (60) and Southern Maine (50) in the top five. Middlebury (47) took sixth-place, with Colby (40) and Amherst (37) coming in seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on May 11-12 at the All-New Englands.