Track and field teams come

On Saturday, the women’s track-and-field team beat the hosting Tufts Jumbos 204-175.5 to win the 2003 Tufts Invitational, which attracted athletes from 14 colleges to the Gantcher Center in Medford, Mass. Amherst brought up third with 89 points. The men’s team finished second (95) behind Tufts (168), leaving Worcester Polytechnic fourth with 79 points.

The Ephs’ totals steadily gathered steam throughout the day. While the women’s numbers bumped up ten points at a time along a string of first-place finishes, the men lacked a bulk of points in any one event. Tufts officials chose to score the meet eight places deep, leaving plenty of slack for back-of-the-pack finishers to reel in.

On the oval, Katie Fulton ’06 and captain Colleen Doody ’03 burned through the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes together. Fulton won the 55 in 7:55 and Doody leaned for sixth in 7.75. Doody also took second in the 200 in 26.82 to Fulton’s fifth-place 27.17.

Enyi Koene ’05 appeared in the 400-meter open to clock out third in 62.90, bringing in Afton Johnson ’05 at 63.47 for fourth.

In the 55-meter hurdles, however, the Ephs set their blocks in three of the eight lanes in the event final. Kristin Moss ’06 beat the field with 9.09, with Johnson staking out fifth in 9.70 and Carolyn Robbs ’04 eighth in 10.10.

Men’s captain Mike Sheehan ’03 won the open 400 meters in 51.41, and the middle-distance trio of Chuck Jakobsche ’04, Tommy Hall ’06 and Brian Lowe ’06 hammered the 600 meters to pick up second, third and ninth in 1:23.44, 1:23.78, and 1:26.37, respectively.

Jeff Delaney ’05 collected the Ephs’ only points in the 800 meters with his eighth-place 2:05.96, but Eric Engler ’04 (10th, 2:06.48), Jeff Garland ’03 (15th, 2:09.74) and Jamie Kingsbery ’06 (18th, 2:11.06) contributed, as well. Jeff Ossinger ’05 made the finals in the 55-meter hurdles and crashed the lanes for sixth in 8.45.

True to their fall form, Williams women dominated the distance department. Jenn Campbell ’05 won both the 1000 and 1500 meters, powering to the tape in 2:59.91 and 4:39.70. Kali Moody ’05 paced to fifth in the 1000 in 3:09.51, and Ann Schorling ’03 won her heat in 3:09.99, landing ninth overall. Katie Marsh ’05 trailed Campbell in the 1,500 for fifth in 4:50.08. Caroline Cretti ’06 set a new field-house – and Williams – record in the 5,000 meters with her solo cruise of 17:05.92.

For the men, George Rodriguez ’06 nabbed third in the 1,000 meters, clocking 2:41.13 and leading in Thomas Brennan ’06 at 2:43.61 for sixth. In the 1,500 meters, Matt Winkler ’04 took the inside rail within a few strides after the starter’s gun and never relinquished his position, gapping the field and blazing alone to a 3:58.38.

In an earlier heat, Colin Bruzewicz ’05 and Adrian Martinez ’06 recorded times of 4:20.38 and 4:23.21, which sorted them out to 16th and 21st overall. Neal Holtschulte ’06 wowed the crowd with his flying finish in the 3,000 meters, closing his final 200 meters in under 28 seconds.

Eli Lazarus ’04 grabbed one eighth-place point in the 5,000 meters with his 16:31.12.

In the field, women’s captain Healy Thompson ’03 wreaked havoc in the weight throw and shot put. Thompson’s weight mark of 15.26 meters stretched 1.46 meters beyond the second-place length, and her 13.97-meter put in the shot sent her nearly a meter ahead of the runner-up.

Melissa Daly ’03, Torrey Baldwin ’04 and Audrey Lumley-Sapanski ’04 lined up third-fourth-fifth in the triple jump, bounding out 10.09, 10.03 and 9.62 meters, respectively.

Rachel Horowitz ’03 and Sarah Iams ’04 rose to first and second in the pole vault, passing the bar at 2.77 and 2.44 meters.

Kyle McDermott ’05 and Markus Burns ’06 paired off for the second consecutive week in the high and long jumps. Burns tied for second in the high jump at 1.87 meters, while McDermott landed fourth at 1.82 meters.

Dean Carvalho ’04 arced 3.95 meters for sixth in the pole vault. Caleb Bliss ’05 and Aaron Wilson ’04 put for third and seventh in the shot, heaving 13.63 and 11.93 meters, respectively.

The women’s contingents won both the 4×200-meter (1:48.75) and the 4×400-meter relays (9:55.5), but slipped to Tufts in the 4×400 in 4:11.18. The men’s 4×800-meter relay scored the Ephs’ last points of the day, rallying for third in 8:26.11.

Williams will travel to the raucous den of the Engineers next week to take on Div. III New England rival MIT.

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