Three members of the indoor season's Distance Medley Relay team were up to their usual antics this weekend, stealing the spotlight once again for the Jumbo squad, this time on the outdoor track at UMass-Lowell's Davis Invitational.
Track And Field
To say that Tufts was dominant at Saturday's Coast Guard Invitational in New London, Conn. would be an understatement.
The Jumbos took the outdoor track for the first time this spring, hosting Saturday's Snowflake Classic. While the team just finished a largely successful indoor season, moving outside has brought an entirely new group of challenges.
Injuries could prove to be a serious thorn in the side of the women's track team as the Jumbos gear up for Saturday's Snowflake Classic, the first meet of the outdoor season.
Despite outrunning both the Div. III season's best time and the meet record, a mark of 11:35.54 was not enough to secure a national championship for the women's distance medley relay team Friday at the 2007 NCAA Div. III Indoor Championships, held at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
The women's track and field team has not seen as much success at Nationals in recent years as it may have liked, but senior tri-captain Sarah Crispin and juniors Cat Beck, Katy O'Brien and Kaleigh Fitzpatrick are hoping to change that at this weekend's 2007 NCAA Div. III Indoor Championships, held at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Jumbos' relay teams, which have played a major role in the team's success this season, grabbed the spotlight again at this weekend's ECAC Championships at Wesleyan.
The women's 4x400 relay team may be getting a sense of d?©j? vu as it heads into competition at this weekend's ECAC Championships, held at Wesleyan University.
With a record-breaking and NCAA-qualifying performance in the distance medley relay on Friday night, the Jumbo runners kick-started their successful campaign right from the opening whistle of the Open New England Championships held Friday and Saturday at Boston University.
The Jumbos could not seem to catch a break at the New England Div. III Indoor Championships, held at Southern Maine on Saturday. For the fifth-consecutive year, Tufts finished second behind Williams, this time by a score of 151-109.
Tufts may boast one of the best track programs in the region, but the team just can't manage to catch the Williams Ephs.
For the second week in a row, a mile runner stole the spotlight for the Jumbos.
Led by junior Catherine Beck, whose 4:53.45 mile broke her own Tufts record and launched her into the country's top spot in the event, the Jumbos placed third in their last home invitational of the season with a final score of 106.50. The squad finished just behind second-place UMass-Lowell, who scored 111.166. But it was Williams College that ran away with the Stampede, compiling a score of 210.
Junior Catherine Beck stole the show for the Jumbo runners this weekend at the BU Terrier Classic, taking seventh place in the 5000-meter run, and anchoring the distance medley relay team with a 4:59 mile, the fastest DMR time in the country this season, and the second fastest in Tufts history.
The women's track and field team took first place in part two of the Tufts Invitational this Saturday at the Gantcher Center, placing ahead of 15 other teams with a score of 142 points.
The Husky Winter Carnival on Saturday was a day for the Tufts women's track and field to discover just what type of team it can expect this year. Held at the Reggie Lewis Center at Northeastern, the field featured a competitive sampling of New England teams, including Boston University, UMass Lowell, Bryant, and host Northeastern. The meet was not scored but served as a good benchmark for the remainder of the season.
The women's track and field team appears to be in good shape in the field events, as the return of juniors from abroad and a strong influx of freshmen will supplement a group that helped the team to a second place finish at the Div. III New England Championships last year.
Coming off of a second place finish to Williams at Div. III New Englands for the fourth year in a row, the women's track and field team has its work cut out for it.
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In track and field, every event is important for a team to win a meet. The winning hammer throw earns just as many points as the winner of the 10,000 meters or the 110 high hurdles.
All-New Englands are tough enough for the Jumbos, as they battle the best competition in New England from Div. I, II, and III.