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Women's Track & Field | Theiss vaults to school-record heights at BU

The women's track team produced several excellent individual performances at the Open New England Championship at Boston University this past weekend, continuing to improve with two weeks left before nationals. The Jumbos placed 16th in a competitive field comprised of teams from all three athletic divisions, though they were more focused on hitting individual marks and working toward qualifying for the national meet.






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Women's Track and Field | Strong weekend showcases Jumbos' potential

In the only meet before Winter break, the women's track team set some great baselines at the Jay Carisella Invitational this Saturday. Hosted by Northeastern, the event served as an opportunity for athletes to compete and burn all the energy that has built up over the course of the fall season. The best way to see how the work put in during the offseason paid off was to test it in competition, and the Jumbos started off the season with outstanding energy.








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Women's Track and Field | Tufts places third at Bowdoin in preparation for home meet

With the roster split this weekend between Saturday's Bowdoin Invitational and Friday's Terrier Classic at Boston University (BU), the Tufts women's track and field team turned in a solid performance across the board, placing third at Bowdoin with 112.5 points, just behind Div. III rivals MIT (210.5) and Bowdoin (159), while also posting many solid individual performances at BU.' 'It was a really positive weekend overall for us,' senior co-captain Kerry Virgien said. 'There were a lot of Div. I schools [at BU], so some of us got to see really goodWith the Div. III Championships taking place in three weeks, the Jumbos have been methodically working to hit their stride during the latter half of the season. Over the last few weeks, they have gotten to see a lot of the schools that they will be competing against in late February and early March, testing their times and scores against some of the area's best.'Our big goal is to win [nationals],' Virgien said. 'Some people say that a lot of these meets leading up to the championships are like 'pre-wars.' They are like a show of what Div. IIIs will be like, but there is also strategy involved in the events leading up to them. During the pre-championships meets, we are simply working to improve people's times and marks and trying to feel out who is best competing where.' The weekend was marked by a number of Jumbos setting personal records, with the squad enjoying particular success in the field events. Senior Julia Feltus won the weight throw with a toss of 13.21 meters and was runner-up in the shot put. Additionally, freshman Kelly Allen won the shot put with a distance of 11.95 meters and came in second behind Feltus in the weight throw at 12.18 meters. Sophomore Nakeisha Jones posted a mark of 11.63 meters in the triple jump at BU, beating her season best of 11.60 meters set last week at the Wheaton Invitational. At Bowdoin, Jones came in second place in the high jump after putting up a mark of 1.52 meters.The Jumbos will be hosting other Div. III competitors this weekend at the Tufts Pentathlon on Friday and the Tufts Invitational on Saturday. 'It will be fun doing the pentathlon,' said Virgien, who will compete in the event on Friday. 'We are really looking forward to it. We love the 'multi.' It's really a treat when we get to do a lot of different things. It's also hectic because we have to practice so many different events. We are all running around trying to get to everything.' The entire team will compete in more specialized events in the invitational on Saturday, the Jumbos' second and final meet of the season at home. At the first Tufts Invitational on Jan. 16, the Jumbos finished first out of seven competing schools.'It helps being at home because we are familiar here,' senior co-captain Andrea Ferri said. 'We are used to the long jump runway and the track. I guess we are just comfortable at home where we practice all the time. I think it is also very nice logistically because we don't have to travel or worry about food, which makes it easier for us to be comfortable and compete our best.'But whether or not home will bring another victory for the Jumbos, the squad is more focused on individual athletes qualifying for the championship season. 'The goal is [nationals],' Virgien said. 'We have three more meets before [the NCAA Championships]. That means three more chances for more people to qualify.'




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Women's Track and Field | Tufts edges Middlebury for second in NESCAC

The women's track team posted a strong showing at the NESCAC Championships in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday, finishing in second place overall. Like last season, the meet came down to three teams: Williams, Tufts and Middlebury. The Ephs pulled away from the pack, amassing 160.50 points for their eighth consecutive conference crown, while the Jumbos narrowly edged the Panthers, taking the battle for second 120-119.50.