past few weeks, women’s track and field competed in several meets including the Gordon Kelly Invitational at MIT last Saturday and the Boston University Valentine Invitational last Friday.
Last Saturday, the team traveled to MIT for the Gordon Kelley Invitational. The women had many strong performances and six first-place finishes, including Laura Lee ’17, who won the 400 meter in 63.29 seconds, and Kendall Leet-Otley ’17, who beat out the competition in the 800 meter with a time of 2:26.98. Another top finish came from Maggie Peard ’17, who led the 1000 meter with a time of 3:06.69. Co-captain Amina Avril ’14 had the most outstanding performance of the meet in the weight throw. Avril won the event and set both a personal and school record with her throw of 60’ 8.75”.
On Friday, the team sent distance runners to compete in the 3000 meter and 5000 meter at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. The group competed well, with several of the women setting personal records. Lacey Serletti ’16 dropped an impressive 11 seconds from her 3000 meter time, finishing in 10:00.89. Shayna Barbash ’14 also ran her best race of the season in the 5000 meter with a time of 17:29.28.
On Feb. 1, the women competed against nine other teams at the Springfield Invitational, winning the meet with a score of 195 points, well ahead of Amherst with 95 and Wheaton with 79.5. The Ephs took home nine wins and 17 personal records.
On Jan. 24, the women faced strong Div. I competition at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston, Mass. Despite the meet falling during a period of heavy training, the women still executed several impressive performances. Co-captain Jenna Adams ’14 had the only first-place finish of the meet, setting a new school record of 12’ 5.5” in the pole vault.
“The team is looking really great headed into one of our biggest meets of the season, Div. III New England Championships, in two weeks,” co-captain Brianne Mirecki ’14 said. “People have been very focused both at practice and in competition, and the hard work has been paying off with lots of personal records and even a few school records. I cannot wait to see the team come together and perform at Div. III New England Championships next weekend!”
This Saturday, some of the women will compete at the Cupid Challenge at Springfield College for a last chance to qualify for the Div. III New England Championships on Feb. 21 to 22, which will also be hosted at Springfield.