Recap | Results
Allen and Hieber Power Tufts Women’s Track & Field to Second at NESCAC Championships
|First-year Christina Harvey won the 100-meter dash for Tufts
LEWISTON, ME - With six victories and five top-three finishes, the Tufts women's track & field team placed second of 11 teams at the NESCAC Championship at Bates on Saturday.
Williams was the class of the field with 180 points. The Jumbos' 159 points was good enough for the runner-up spot. Middlebury placed third with 157 points, while Bowdoin and Colby rounded out the top five with 99.5 and 58 points, respectively.
Cold and windy conditions served as an additional obstacle for all competitors. Nonetheless, several Tufts athletes came away with impressive performances.
Junior Kelly Allen (Norton, MA) scored 33 points for the Jumbos in the throwing events. She won the discus with a heave of 158'3" (48.24m), a meet record, school record and the third-best distance in Division III this season. She was also first in the shot put with a toss of 41'4 1/2" (12.61m). She was backed in that event by senior Ronke Oyekunle (Harvard, MA), who placed third with a throw of 40'1 1/2" (12.23m).
Allen recorded a runner-up finish in the hammer with a heave of 158'10" (48.42m). Sophomore Robin Armstrong (North Attleboro, MA) also performed well in a throwing event. She placed second in the javelin with a throw of 114'1" (34.78m).
The Jumbos notched two victories in the jumping events. Senior Nakeisha Jones (Boston, MA) claimed victory in the triple jump with a leap of 39'1 1/4" (11.92m). In the long jump, sophomore Jana Hieber (Goffstown, NH) earned the win with her mark of 18'1" (5.51m). She also won the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:02.83, and recorded a time of 15.25 in the 100 hurdles to place fifth. Her efforts scored 24 points for Tufts.
Competing inside due to high winds, senior Heather Theiss (Hewlett, NY) placed second in the pole vault with her clearance of 11'9 3/4" (3.60m).
On the track, first-year Christina Harvey (Middletown, CT) scored 15 points for the Jumbos. She won the 100 meters in 12.32 and placed fourth in the 200 with her time of 25.91. Harvey was the only first-year champion in the NESCAC women's meet, and anchored the 4x100-meter relay that was third (50.13 seconds). Senior Anya Price (Natick, MA) scored six third-place points in the steeplechase with a time of 11:03.14.
Coach Kristen Morwick's team improved one place from last year's third-place showing despite losing two All-Americans to graduation.
Allen now has five NESCAC titles in her career, including three straight in the discus and a javelin in 2010. Hieber has won three, including back-to-back 400 hurdles crowns.
Next weekend, the Jumbos will look to keep the momentum rolling as they compete in the Division III New England Championship at MIT.