Contact: Justin Long
TROY, N.Y. – Keri Lambert '13 won the 1,500-meter run and Naomi Bates '14 earned two victories of her own, as the Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team placed fourth among 55 schools at the ECAC Championships.
Amherst's best showing at the ECAC meet since 2008 marked a drastic improvement from 2011, when the Lord Jeffs finished 41st. Ithaca College took home the team title with 68 points, followed by Wheaton (60), Williams (43) and Amherst (40).
The 2012 outdoor season will conclude next week at the NCAA Championships at Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif. The three-day meet will begin Thursday, May 24, with participants scheduled to be announced on Sunday.
Lambert put in a dominant performance in the steeplechase at last week's NEICAAA Championships, but this week she turned her attention to the 1500-meter run. The outcome was the same for the junior standout, as her time of 4:33.31 was more than four seconds ahead of the runner-up. Also excelling in the event was Lauren Almeida '13, who finished fourth (4:39.03) for another four team points.
Joining Lambert in the win column all season long has been Bates, who broke another Amherst record on Friday by completing the 200-meter dash in 24.68 seconds. Her performance beat out a competitive field of 39 sprinters, as she and Ashante Little of Wheaton College were the only two to crack the 25-second mark.
Bates also earned Amherst's only points in the field events, finishing ahead of 16 competitors in the long jump with a leap of 5.56 meters. With her two wins on the day, Bates singlehandedly accounted for 20 of the Lord Jeffs' 40 points.
First-year Lizzy Briskin continued her impressive climb with a third-place showing in the 5,000-meter run. At last week's NEICAAA Championships she improved upon her previous personal best by nearly 20 seconds, but she shattered that mark by nearly 11 seconds with Thursday's time of 17:20.46.
Also seeing a drastic improvement on Thursday was Elodie Reed '13, who placed ninth in the 10,000-meter run. Although she missed out on the scoring by a single spot, Reed's time of 38:25.07 marked a new personal best by 52 seconds.
More information about Amherst's participants in the NCAA Championships will be made available early next week.