Ephs demolish Jeffs, Wesleyan; win Little Three

The women’s track team made Amherst and Wesleyan feel like the “Little Two” as Williams decimated the field winning 10 of the 17 events to claim their 14th consecutive Little Three title.

The meet was held at the Amherst ’s Pratt Field, and the final team scores were Williams 163, Amherst 120, and Wesleyan 87.

The day truly belonged to the throwers as they laid claim to first and second place in all four throwing events. Powerhouse Rebecca Brooks ’00 claimed the shot put (42’2”) and the hammer (127’3”) titles. First-year star Diane Williams ’02 won the discus (132’6”) and took second in the shot (38’4.25”) and fourth in the hammer (107’4”). Shannon Mark ’00 also had a solid day taking second in both the discus (115’) and the hammer (121’5”) and fourth in the shot (36’2.75”). Jen Hahn ’01 and Melissa Murphy ’00 took care of the javelin, winning first (75’3.5”) and second (69’8”) respectively.

On the track, the day once again began with the distance runners in the 5K. The race marked the 5K debut of Lauren Krisko ’00, who is typically a 1500m and 3000m runner. Despite a quick first lap run at 1500m pace, Krisko remained composed, continuing her fast pace, and crossed the line first in an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 17:58.25. Coming through in third and fourth were the comeback duo of Amy MacDonald ’99 (19:02.84) and Aimee Vasse ’00 (19:03.64).

Next on the track, the 4 x 100 relay team of Maggie Clark ’02, Jill Metzger ’99, Leigh Olmstead ’99, and Melissa Purdy ’02 came away with a win in 52.46. Capping off a full day, Clark came back to take third in the 100 (13.69) and fourth in the 200 (28.69).

Joining Clark in the 200 to take third (28.09) was classmate Katie Worth ’02. Worth has already automatically qualified for NCAAs in the 800m with a time of 2:13 run at Florida Relays over spring break. Despite being typically an 800m runner, Worth won the 400m in 60.17. Right on her heel was tri-captain Courtney O’Connor ’99 coming through for third (61.88).

Taking care of the 800 was Janna Rearick ’02, Terri O’Brien ’02, and Hahn. They came through in third (2:21.5), fourth (2:25.02), and sixth (2:25.9) respectively.

The hurdlers also had a strong day as Jill Metzger ’99 took second in the 400m hurdles (66.05), followed by teammates Murphy and Carolyn Shank ’02 in third (69.10) and fourth (69.5) respectively. Shank also took third in the 100m hurdles (16.94).

Later in the meet, the distance women once again put on a show. In the 1500m, the ever-incredibly improving Rebecca Atkinson ’00 showed that nothing is going to stop her this season as she led from start to finish, blowing away the field with a blistering 4:46.96. Coming through in second was Katie Sharff ’02 (4:50). Tri-captain Meg Randall ’99, a powerhouse at 5K-10K distances, showed that she is capable of speed as well as endurance with her fourth place finish (4:52).

Determined to leave the best for last, perennial star Tara Crowley ’00 took the 3K out at a swift pace of 5:26 for the first mile, broke from the pack at the midway point, and continued to get faster with each lap. Easily winning, she came through at the line in an incredible NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 10:07.87. Her time established a new Little Three meet record and was also the second fastest ever run by a Williams woman. Crowley has provisionally qualified for NCAAs in the 800m and the 1500m.

Putting an exclamation point on the team victory was the winning performance of the 4 x 400m team of Rearick, O’Connor, Sharff and Metzger (4:05.98).

“I think that this team gets stronger and more confident with each meet. That will hopefully play to our advantage as we take on the tough competition at NESCACs next weekend,” said Randall.

Next weekend, both the women and the men head to Connecticut College for the NESCAC Championships.