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Women's Track and Field Hosts Springfield College Season Opener

Springfield, Mass. - December 1, 2018 - Highlighted by four individual victories, the Springfield College women's track and field team opened the 2018-19 season in the Field House on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride hosted the College of Staten Island, Westfield State and Rhode Island College.

Senior Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.) won the one mile race, while Katherine Strain (Longmeadow, Mass.) took the high jump, followed by a first-place finish for Emma Radler (North Ferrisburgh, Vt.) in the pole vault, and another win for Emory Fairchild (New Milford, Conn.) in the 3000 meter race.

Senior Abby Tantorski (North Haven, Conn.) had the Pride's best time in the 60 meter dash prelims, as she advanced to the finals with a mark of 8.38 seconds, before turning in a time of 8.39 seconds to finish seventh overall, before taking fifth place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.49 seconds. Sophomore Abigail Murdock (Westerly, R.I.) and Olivia Turk (Danbury, Conn.) had back-to-back finishes in the 1000 meter run, as Murdock's time of 3:18.29 just edged Turk's mark of 3:24.64.

Madeia won the one mile race with a time of 5:25.72, while Fairchild claimed the 3000 meter run with a time of 11:26.38. Sophomore Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) produced a third-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, as her time of 10.03 seconds just beat Strain, who was fourth with a time of 10.04 seconds. 

The Pride's 4x400 relay team of Tantorski, Tiffany Tenney (Orange, Mass.), Katie Evans (Holyoke, Mass.) and Ashley Consolini (Southwick, Mass.) was second with a time of 4:26.27. 

In the field events, Strain won the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters, while Taylor Nogiec (Berlin, Conn.) was second, also with a mark of 1.60 meters. In her first collegiate competition, Radler cleared 2.60 meters to win the pole vault competition, while in the shot put, Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) was second with a heave of 11.77 meters, which just beat Christi Johnson (Bozrah, Conn.), who produced a mark of 10.78 meters. LoPriore also took fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 13.19 meters.

Springfield College will resume competition on Saturday, January 12 when it travels to Medford, Mass. for the Tufts Invitational.