Jeffs Take First at Springfield Pt. II

Almeida Contact: Matthew Hart

Photo courtesy of Frank Poulin

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Naomi Bates '14 won three events -- breaking her own school record in the long jump -- and Keri Lambert '13 posted the nation's fourth-lowest time of the year in the 5k as the Amherst College women's indoor track and field team finished first out of 10 teams at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday.

Totaling 222 team points, the Jeffs easily outpaced second-place Springfield College (155) as well as their lone NESCAC competition, Trinity, which took fourth with 77 points.

Bates took home top honors in the 60- and 200-meter dashes as well as the long jump while Lambert dominated her lone event, finishing the 5000 meters in 17:07.04, over a minute and a half ahead of the field. Other event winners for the Jeffs were Lauren Almeida '13 (pictured) in the 800 meters, Sarah Daly '13 in the 3k and Jessica Mueller '13 in the high jump.

Starting the meet off in dominant form, Amherst took the top three spots in the 60, with Bates crossing in 7.89 seconds followed by Taylor Summers '16 (8.04) and Abbeh Shirley '15 (8.05). In the 200 meters, Bates (26.24) and Shirley (26.72) impressed again, finishing in first and second, over a half second ahead of third-place Shannon Roberts of Manhattanville.

In the long sprints, Jasmine Green '16 took third in the 400, crossing in 1:05.18, while Victoria Hensley '16 and Keelin Moehl '16 took third and fourth in the 500 meters, finishing in 1:23.45 and 1:23.79, respectively.

Almeida highlighted the Jeffs' showing in the middle distances, winning the 800 by over 3.5 seconds as she crossed in 2:20.22. Sarah Foster '16 also notched a top-five finish in the event, placing fifth at 2:30.59. A pair of Jeff first-years impressed in the 1000 meters as Anna Berglund (3:09.92) and Betsy Black (3:16.49) took third and fifth, respectively.

The Jeffs enjoyed the work of a terrific trio in the mile as Amy Dao '14 (5:16.54) placed second, Black (5:29.61) took fourth and Olivia Tarantino '15 (5:30.04) was just behind her in fifth. Amherst was even more dominant in the 3k, with Daly running away with the win in 10:58.86, over 3.5 seconds ahead of second-place teammate Abby Hopper '13 (11:02.25). Lisa Walker '14 finished fourth in 11:06.74

After an All-American fall of cross country, Lambert enjoyed her first big day of the winter as she posted the nation's fourth-lowest D-III time to date in the 5k at 17:07.04. She wasn't the only Jeff to score in the event, however, as Jessica Kaliski '15 took second in 18:49.85 and Lexi Sinclair '16 was fourth at 19:55.12.

Green enjoyed a strong performance in the 60-meter hurdles, taking third at 10.06 while Mueller impressed in the high jump, winning with a 1.47-meter performance in the finals after a 1.52 showing in seeding. The senior also took second in the triple jump at 10.65 meters. Meanwhile, Bates returned to her winning ways in the long jump, taking sole possession of the program record and dominating the field with a 5.58-meter showing while Summers took second at 4.86 meters.

Two of Amherst's relay teams also had strong days, highlighted by the Distance Medley quartet of Almeida, Foster, Dao and Black who finished first in 13:21.80, well ahead of Trinity's top squad (13:26.35). The 4x400 group of Hensley, Moehl, Alissa Rothman '15 and Lindsay Ewing '15 also enjoyed a solid showing, placing second in 4:30.75.

Amherst will be busy next weekend with a pair of meets, beginning with the Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday, Feb. 8.