Ella Rossa Sets New Program Record in 60m Hurdles at the Upstate Challenge

Ella Rossa Sets New Program Record in 60m Hurdles at the Upstate Challenge

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior Ella Rossa broke her own school record in the 60m hurdles to establish a new program benchmark of 8.88 seconds as the Amherst College women's track & field team used the Upstate Challenge at Cornell University to set eight new personal bests Friday and Saturday.

  • Taking to the starting line in the 60m dash for the second-ever time while donning the Purple & White, both Amerley Lokko '23 and Sam Tichelaar '22 both set new personal bests to finish inside the top-15.
  • Each earning top-four finishes, three runners posted DIII New England qualifying marks in the 400m - with Anna Madden '22 and Katie Lingen '22 missing their PR's by less than a second to place second and third, respectively.
  • Grace Haase '21 and Ava Tillman '23 had strong performances in their 500m debut, finishing back-to-back in under 1:23.24.
  • Junior Rachel Ruderman hit the DII NE qualifying benchmark with a personal best in the 800m, crossing the finish line in 2:23.40 to place fourth overall.
  • Running alongside three first-years who were making their collegiate debuts in the event, Sarah Gayer '21 (5:05.89), Maggie Drew '22 (5:30.54) and Eline Laurent '22 (5:40.20) each registered new collegiate bests, with Gayer and Drew's marks being NEICAAA and DIINE qualifiers.
  • A personal best of 10:50.24 by Kristin Ratliff '20 in the 3000m was good for first overall in the event, while Olivia Polischeck placed third (10:56.10).
  • Rossa proved the best is yet to come in the 60m hurdles, with the junior besting her own mark of 8.95 to set a new program record of 8.88 seconds.
  • The 4x400 and 4x800 relay groups notched new Amherst season best times in the events, with Isabelle Lobo '22, Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman '21, Ava Tillman '23 and Katie Lingen '22 combining for a mark of 4:06.74 in the 4x400 relay and Haase, Drew, Ruderman and Sopia Wolmer '23 logging a time of 10:06.39 in the 4x800.
  • Competing in her first-ever pentathlon, Rossa tallied just under 3000 points to take third and qualify for New England's, while Annelise Romero '22 recorded a new personal best in the event (2823).

The Mammoths return to action next weekend, Friday, Jan. 31 when they head to Tufts University and the Reggie Lewis Center for the NEICAAA Indoor Championships and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational.