Track, field women take 1st, men 2nd at New Englands

Men’s and women’s indoor track and field made strong showings at the first post-season meet this winter, the Div. III New England Championships held this past weekend. The championships were held at Bowdoin College for the women’s meet and MIT for the men, who finished first and second, respectively. The Ephwomen continued to breeze through the 2003 indoor season, with a final team score of 174.5 points, well above second placeTufts which tallied 101 points. Colby was third with 60.5 points.

On the track, Katie Fulton ’06 finished second in the 55-meter dash at 7.37 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash with 25.99. In the 600- meters, first place went to captain Colleen Doody ’03, who clocked in at 1:35.99.

Kali Moody ’05 won the 800 meters with an outstanding time of 2:16.81. Jenn Campbell ’05 did her usual damage, doubling in the 1000- meters (2:56.45) and 1500-meters (4:35.48), finishing first and second, respectively. Campbell’s 1500-meter time was once again NCAA auto-qualifying. Katie Marsh ’05 finished seventh in the 1000 meters, crossing the line at 3:06.46. Ann Schorling ’03 raced to seventh in the 1500-meters with a 4:44.70.

In the 3000-meters, Maya Kessler ’04 finished second, clocking in at 10:20.35. Caroline Cretti ’06 won the 5,000 meters in 17:06.98, just missing her personal record. Captain Julia Bensen ’03 was not far behind, coming in third with a 17:23.33.

Fulton joined teammates Carolyn Robbs ’04, Claire Samuel ’04 and Afton Johnson ’05 in the 4×200-meter relay to complete her third event of the day. Williams won the relay in 1:47.28. In other relay action, the Ephs finished seventh in the 4×400-meters (4:12.91), third in the distance medley relay (12:24.81) and third in the 4×800-meters (9:37.95).

In the pole vault, Meredith Jones ’04 cleared 10’11.75″ for second place. Captain Healy Thompson ’03 was second in the shot put, throwing 49’1″, and first in the weight throw with a toss of 54’11.5″. Joyia Chadwick ’05 was second in the pentathlon.

The Ephmen went into the meet expecting MIT to deliver a tough blow, but were able to hold their ground better than expected, coming out with 88 points to MIT’s 120. The real surprise came in a tight race for points with Tufts, which came down to the last event, and resulted in Williams coming out on top by a single point.

Captain Trey Wright ’03 tossed 53’2″ to claim second in the shot put. Dean Carvalho ’04 cleared 13’7″ in the pole vault, claiming fifth place. Marcus Burns ’06 finished sixth in the high jump with the bar set at 6’4 1/4″. John Symanski ’06 doubled in the 55- and 200-meter dashes, finishing second (6.56s) and third (22.91s), respectively. In the 400-meters, Chuck Jakobsche ’04 sprinted to third in 50.53.

Captain Chris Garvin ’03, in only his second meet of the season, snatched fourth place in the 800-meters with a 1:56.08. Matt Winkler ’04 came through with several stellar performances, finishing third in the 1500- meters (3:53.19), fifth in the 1000-meters (2:31.68), and later anchoring the men’s 4×800-meter relay team. The fast heat of the 1500 meters proved to be nothing short of thrilling, with Trinity’s Ryan Bak and Keene State College’s Mark Miller dueling out in front and MIT’s Brian Anderson trailing Winkler. Just as he did the last time they met earlier this season, Anderson made a move on Winkler with less than 400-meters remaining. And just as he did the last time, Winkler met his challenge, passing him on the final stretch.

On the distance side of things, Karl Remsen ’03 cruised to victory in the 3000-meters with a time of 8:38.04. Rookie standout Neal Holtschulte ’06 drafted on the lead pack for most of the 5000-meter to finish with a strong second place, clocking in at 15:07.78.

Things began to heat up going into the relays, as Williams held just a narrow margin over Tufts in points. The Ephs finished fourth in the 4×400-meter relay with a 3:27.47 to Tufts’ first place finish in 3:22.96. In the distance medley relay, anchor Remsen passed University of Rhode Island’s runner in the final leg to help Williams pull out a first to Tufts’ third place. Entering the final relay, Williams led Tufts by two points. However, the Ephmen were stuck in the slow heat, while Tufts was in the fast heat. Williams clocked in at 8:12.55. Tufts finished eighth in the fast heat, scoring only one point. Williams remained on top by one point.