Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Naomi Bates '14 won the 200 meter dash to lead the Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team to an eighth-place finish at the UMass Invitational Saturday.
Amherst, the lone Division III school in the meet, finished eighth in the 11-team field, which featured eight Division I schools and two Division II programs. Boston College won the invitational with 157 points followed by UMass Amherst in second (151.66) and Northeastern in third (114.50). Rounding out the top five were Holy Cross with 102.50 points and UConn with 56.50. The Jeffs finished with 36 points, ahead of two Division I programs.
Bates paced the field in the 200 meter dash to earn first place. The senior crossed the finish line ahead of 42 Division I and II athletes with a school record mark of 24.54, which currently ranks fourth in Division III. She also took home another top-five finish and school record in the 100 meter dash. The dynamic duo of Bates and Karen Blake '17 took third and fourth, respectively, in the event. Bates was nearly edged by Brianna Tabin '15 from Holy Cross (12.16) as she finished with a time of 12.17 seconds, currently ranked sixth in the country. Crossing the finish line shortly after was her teammate, as Blake placed with a mark of 12.34 seconds.
Other top-10 track finishes on the day included a fifth, sixth and ninth place mark in the 5,000 meter run. Leading the pack was Betsy Black '16 with a time of 18:42.51, edging teammate Jessie Kaliski '15 who finished in 18:44.45. Lisa Walker '14 grabbed ninth with a time of 18:54.47 while three other Jeffs finished within in the top-15. Jasia Kaulbach '14 finished 11th (19:15.49) followed by Cara Lembo '17 in 13th (19:45.06) and Kathryn McHenry '17 in 14th (20:02.18).
The 4x400 meter relay team of Kelli Ellingson '15, Victoria Hensley '16, Amy Dao '14 and Hannah Herrera '17 took ninth overall with a time of 4:11.47.
In other track events, Dao claimed 13th in the 1,500 meter with a time of 4:44.57 and Sarah Whelan '17 finished 14th in 1:01.78.
Amherst also earned two top-10 finishes in field events. Highlighting the group was first-year Kiana Herold. Herold finished fourth overall with a leap of 1.61 meters, setting a freshman school record that stood for 31 years and now ranks second all-time in program history. Taylor Summers '16 also placed within the top-10 and finished ninth in the long jump with a distance of 5.12 meters.
The Jeffs return to the track next Saturday, Apr. 19 to host the Little III Championships.