Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, Mass. – Keri Lambert '13 and Naomi Bates '14 put in exceptional performances on Saturday to help the Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team earn 21 points at the UMass Spring Meet.
The Lord Jeffs finished 11th among 15 teams, with Albany posting the top score (148.07) and the host Minutewomen grabbing the runner-up spot (103.64). Amherst will return to action next weekend at Wesleyan University for the Little Three Championships.
Bates began her day by finishing second among more than 30 competitors—including several from Division I—in the long jump, coming up 0.01 meters behind the winner from Albany. Bates' mark of 5.65 meters is the second longest jump in school history, as she was only three centimeters shy of the program record.
Later in the day Bates also posted the second best mark in school history in the 200-meter dash, as her time of 25.41 seconds was good enough for sixth place among a field of nearly 100. Bates picked up more points for Amherst in the triple jump, with her mark of 10.58 meters tying for fifth.
As the reigning NESCAC Performer of the Week, Lambert continued her outstanding junior season by placing third in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 4:34.48 led all Division III competitors, as she finished right behind runners from Boston College (4:32.95) and AIC (4:34.25). Lambert also placed 13th among a competitive field in the 800-meter run, with her time of 2:17.80 good enough for second place in Section 2.