Three school records fell on Saturday as the Jumbos brought home second place at the NESCAC Championships for the fifth straight year.
Track And Field
The Jumbos hit the Ivy League on Saturday for their last regular season meet of the year. The team headed north to the Dartmouth Invitational and turned in solid times against some Div. I athletes as the postseason approaches.
The women's track team finally got a taste of spring weather on Saturday, and the improved conditions showed in the performances at the George Davis Invitational at UMass-Lowell.
While most Tufts students were indoors during the unseasonably cold weather last Saturday, the women's track team was heating up at the Tufts Hillsides Relays.
The Snowflake Classic is traditionally a low-key affair for the track team, allowing runners to ease back into the competitive season and shake the rust off in their season opener.
In the face of the worst nightmare of any athlete, senior tri-captain Megan Sears has made remarkable strides.
It's hard to look at this women's indoor season as anything but a success. While Nationals may have left the girls with a bad a taste in their mouths, the overall improvement across the board was overwhelming.
The focus of the women's track and field team during the last two weeks has been on getting to Nationals and running well. Lost in the jumble of seed times and relay lineups was the success enjoyed by many Jumbos other than the eight that made the trip last weekend to Minnesota.
The women's track team spent the entire season establishing its right to race with the best competition in the country at the NCAA Championships. But when the time finally came this weekend, the Jumbos came up short.
For much of the season, the focus of the women's track and field team has been on hitting seed times and improving personal bests in hopes of a good performance at the NCAA Championships. Nationals was always far in the future, only a speculative consideration rather than something to be logistically discussed.
The members of the women's 4x400 meter relay team went into Friday's Trinity College Last Chance Meet at Yale with their backs to the wall. They had one more opportunity to get a competitive qualifying time for the NCAA Championships and it was an uphill battle.
Last-minute heroics by the 4x400 relay team of senior tri-captain Rachel Bloom, sophomores Kaleigh Fitzpatrick and Joyce Uang and freshman Jackie Ferry mean the Jumbos will be sending eight athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend at St. Olaf's College in Northfield, Minn.
Tufts will be represented at the women's track and field NCAA Championships. But there's one problem: the team still doesn't know which of its members will be making the Mar. 10-11 trip to the tournament at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
They call her PR Paula. No, the freshman shot-putter from Brockton, Mass., isn't pursuing a career as a media spin doctor. The nickname comes from the seemingly limitless potential of Paula Dormon, who has set personal records every single week this season.
While some last-minute kinks threw a wrench in the Jumbos' stride, the numbers kept coming down at the All-New England Championships, held this weekend at Boston University.
The Jumbos broke records, hit national qualifying times and had one of their strongest team performances in years on Saturday at the Div. III New England Regional Championships at the Gantcher Center.
For much of the season, track athletes have tunnel vision.
For the second straight season, Valentine's Day was good to the women's track and field team.
The Gantcher Center was in constant motion on Saturday, teeming with over 700 athletes in a variety of school colors competing at the third and final Tufts Invitational of the season.
Times at the Bowdoin Invitational were so fast on Saturday that they set off the fire alarm at the Farley Field House. Actually, it was a squirrel that set off the fire alarm and caused a three-hour delay at the meet.