Bates Leads Jeffs at New England Championships


Contact: Ben Badua

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Naomi Bates '14 set new program records in the 60-meter dash and long jump to help lead the Amherst women's track and field team to a fourth-place finish amongst 28 programs at the New England Division III Championships hosted by Springfield College.

Placing second in the 60m dash, Bates clocked in at 7.80. The eighth fastest time in the nation in 2013-14, she bested the previous Amherst record set in 2000 by Nicole Campbell '00 (7.81). After winning the 200m event with a time of 25.70, the senior broke another school benchmark, this time surpassing her own record in the long jump with a leap of 5.89m. So far this year, Bates' jump is the best in DIII.

Also competing in the sprint events, Karen Blake '17 placed second and third in the 200m (25.86) and 60m (7.83) dashes, respectively, while Victoria Hensley '16 came in ninth in the 400m with a time of 1:00.22. 

Putting forth a strong showing in the pentathlon, Kiana Herold '17 broke her own school record with 3,132 points, good for sixth. The first-year standout enjoyed personal collegiate-bests in the 60m hurdles (9.91), high jump (1.66m), shot put (8.18m) and 800m run (2:33.38) during the event.

Leading the Jeffs in the 800m run, Hannah Herrera '17 came in eighth with a time of 2:21.58. A pair of Amherst runners finished in the top seven of the 1000m, led by Kelli Ellingson '15 in sixth (3:06.20). Closely following her teammate, Cat Lowdon '17 crossed the finish line in eighth (3:07.78). 

In the 5000-meter run, Lizzy Briskin '15 placed seventh (18:06.55) in a field of 23, while Amy Dao '14 was eighth overall in the mile run (5:10.71).

Williams stood atop the leaderboard after the day's final event with 150 points, followed by MIT (119), Tufts (94), Amherst (67) and Bowdoin (51) in the top five. Southern Maine (45) placed sixth, while Wheaton (28), Middlebury (25), Colby (24.5) and Wesleyan (24) rounded out the top-10.

The Jeffs return to action on Feb. 28-Mar.1 at the NEICAAA Championships hosted by Boston University.