Almeida, Lambert Lead Jeffs at NESCAC Championships

Contact: Ben Badua

MEDFORD, Mass. - Lauren Almeida '13 won the 1500-meter run, while Keri Lambert '13 stood atop the podium in the 3000-meter steeplechase to lead the Amherst women's track and field team to an eighth-place showing at the 2013 NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Finishing just nine one hundredths of a second ahead of Williams' Brianne Mirecki, Almeida improved on last year's fourth-place finish by nabbing gold with a time of 4:35.60. Teammate Amy Dao '14 also ran a solid race, placing ninth (4:50.50).

The runner-up the last two seasons, Lambert finally captured an elusive crown in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:36.83. Her first NESCAC individual outdoor title, she clocked in over 32 seconds ahead of her closest competitor and would later team up with Dao, Keelin Moehl '16 and Caroline Rose '16 on the squad's third-place 4x800m relay team (9:35.99).

Moehl also competed in the 800m run, placing 10th with a time of 2:21.50. Sarah Daly '13 led the Jeffs in the 5000m, finishing second (17:02.77), while Lizzy Briskin '15 took ninth (17:54.84). Elodie Reed '13 and Jessie Kaliski '15 placed ninth (38:15.04) and 10th (38:19.11), respectively, in the 10,000-meter run, while Naomi Bates '14 led Amherst's sprinters by finishing fourth in the 200m dash (25.70). Abraelle Shirley Anderson '15 came in ninth (26.02), while also placing fifth in the 100m event.

Host Tufts took the team title with a score of 203, followed by Middlebury (117.50), Colby (109.50), Williams (109) and Bowdoin (82) in the top five. Wesleyan (71) was sixth, with Bates (58) and Amherst (45) finishing seventh and eighth. Trinity (15) ranked ninth, while Hamilton (7) and Conn. College (2) rounded out the field of 11.