Contact: Ben Badua
BOSTON, Mass. - Behind junior Keri Lambert's (Amherst, Mass.) record-breaking performance in the steeplechase, the Amherst women's outdoor track & field team placed 17th out of 35 Division I, II and III teams at the NEICAAA Outdoor Championships hosted by MIT.
Finishing nearly 39 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Lambert shattered the previous meet record in the steeplechase, clocking in at 10:19.37. Turning in the fastest time run in Division III this season, the junior earned 10 team points, while coming in nearly five seconds under the old mark set by Boston College's Jennifer Donovan in 2004 (10:24.05).
Also putting forth an impressive effort, Lizzy Briskin '15 (Sherborn, Mass.) shaved nearly 20 seconds off her personal best in the 5000-meter run, placing fourth with a time of 17:31.18. Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, D.C.) accounted for the rest of the Jeffs' 19 team points, finishing fifth in the long jump (5.42), while setting a new personal record in the 200m dash.
Jessie Kaliski '15 (Wellesley, Mass.) also enjoyed a solid outing, just missing out on scoring in the 10,000-meter run with a ninth-place finish. Clocking in at 38:54.09, she took nearly 29 seconds off her previous personal best.
Amherst returns to action on May 17-18 at the ECAC Championships hosted by RPI.