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BOSTON, Mass. – The Amherst women's indoor track and field team won its first-ever ECAC Championships by placing first in the 62-team field Saturday on the Reggie Lewis Track.
In 21 scored events, the Jeffs finished atop the rankings of the 62-team Division III field with 38 points. Amherst edged out MIT who finished second with 36.50 points followed by St. Lawrence in third with 36. Rounding out the top-five was Rowan (35) and NYU (33).
Highlighting the day for Amherst was Naomi Bates '14. The senior won the long jump and set an ECAC meet record held since 1985. She leaped to 5.85 meters, surpassing the previous 5.84 mark.
Highlightin the track events for Amherst was the 4x800 meter relay team consisting of Amy Dao '14, Olivia Tarantino '15, Kelli Ellingson '15 and Hannah Herrera '17. The quartet finished second overall to earn eight points with a time of 9:34.96.
Dao, Ellingson and Herrera also grabbed individual top-10 finishes. Dao finished 10th in the one mile run in 5:09.05 to pace the Jeffs. Elizabeth Briskin '15 and Sarah Foster '16 also competed in the event and finished 12th (5:10.65) and 18th (5:16.00), respectively. Ellingson excelled in the 1,000 meter run and took sixth overall with a time of 3:04.69 while Catherine Lowdon '17 took 12th in the same event and crossed the finish line in 3:07.88. Herrera placed 10th overall in the 800 meter run with a mark of 2:18.15.
In other track events, Karen Blake '17 recorded the highest individual finish. The Michigan native has excelled during her first year in Purple & White and continued her impressive campaign Saturday with a third-place showing in the 60 meter dash (7.81), edging Bates who finished fourth in 7.81. Blake also set a program record in the event during the semifinals, finishing with a 7.75 mark.
Two more Jeffs shined in field events as well. Leading the way with a third-place finish in the high jump was Kiana Herold '17. The first-year leaped 1.69 meters and continues her impressive 2013-14 season. In the long jump, Taylor Summers '16 took fourth overall with a mark of 4.96 meters.
Amherst heads to the NCAA Division III Championships in Lincoln, Neb. beginning Friday, Mar. 14.