WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Karen Blake '17 won the 200-meter dash and Lexi Sinclair '16 won the 10,000-meter run at the 2015 NESCAC Championship to help lead the Amherst College outdoor track & field team to a fifth-place finish at the conference meet hosted by Williams College Saturday.
The fifth-place ranking is the Jeffs' best since the 2008 since, in which they took fourth that year. With two individual titles, the Purple & White earned 66 points. Williams won the championship with 170, followed by Tufts and Middlebury in second (148) and third (98), respectively. Bates rounded out the top-five with 77 points to take fourth.
Blake claimed the 200m with a time of 24.61 seconds, and Sinclair paced the field in the 10,000m with a mark of 36:33.70. She finished ahead of teammates Lizzy Briskin '15 and Jessie Kaliski '15. Briskin finished third overall in 36:40.43 and Kaliski took ninth with a time of 38:39.59.
Blake also finished second overall in the 100-meter dash. The 2014 champion surprassed her time from a year ago (12.30), but was edged by Alexis Harrison of Tufts as she crossed the finish line in 12.07. She finished ahead of Taylor Summers '16 who placed fifth overall in 12.61.
Amherst received another top-five finish in track events from its 4x100-meter relay team consisting of Gabby Bishop '18, Kiana Herold '17, Summers and Blake. The quartet placed third overall in 49.03. In other relay events, the 4x800 squad finished sixth overall in 9:42.33. The team featured Kelli Ellingson '15, Keelin Moehl '16, Leonie Rauls '18 and Hannah Herrera '17.
Rounding out the top track performances on the day were Herrera and Victoria Hensley '16 with eighth-place finishes in their respective events. Hensley took eighth in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 1:00.77, while Herrera finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:52.99.
In field events, Kiana Herold '17 and Becki Golia '18 finished second and third in the high jump, respectively. Herold looked to defend her crown from a year ago, and fell short despite posting a better mark. She finished second with a leap of 1.63 meters, while Golia finished third with a mark of 1.58 meters.
Summers took ninth in the long jump with a distance of 4.90 meters, and Abbey Asare-Bediako '18 and Danielle Griffin '18 took home two more top-10 finishes in the triple jump. Asare-Bediako placed seventh with a leap of 10.73 meters and Griffin earned eighth with a jump of 10.44 meters.
Amherst returns to the track next weekend for the two-day Division III New England meet.