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Women's Track and Field Claims First Overall at Smith College Invitational

Women's Track and Field Claims First Overall at Smith College Invitational

Northampton, Mass. - January 19, 2019 - The Springfield College women's track and field team emerged victorious at the Smith College Invitational on Saturday, as the Pride produced a winning score of 100.75 points, defeating 15 teams at a meet hosted in the Smith College Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

Rhode Island College followed the Pride with 100 points, as Westfield State was third with 63 points on the afternoon. Wrapping up the top five was Wesleyan with 57 points and Southern New Hampshire with 54.

Springfield College had three event victories on the afternoon, including Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.), who won the 800 meter run, Chloe Dewhurst (Lancaster, Mass.) once again won the high jump and the Pride's 4x400 relay team came out on top.

Sophomore Rachel Wentnick (Metuchen, N.J.) scored the Pride points in the women's 5k with a time of 19:19.18, while Madeia produced a winning time of 1:39.05 in the 600 meter run, finishing five spots ahead of Abigail Murdock (Westerly, R.I.), who posted a time of 1:44.40.

The 4x200 meter relay team was third place overall, while the 4x400 relay team won the event with a time of 4:14.14, more than six seconds faster than the second-place team. 

Junior Katherine Strain (Longmeadow, Mass.) finished second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.65 seconds after also placing second in the prelims with a time of 9.66. Abby Tantorski (North Haven, Conn.) was fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.01 seconds.

In the field events, Emma Radler (North Ferrisburgh, Vt.) tied for third in the pole vault, clearing 2.90 meters, or 9 feet, 6.25 inches, before Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) took fifth in the women's weight throw with a heave of 14.38 meters (47 feet, 2.25 inches). LoPriore would go on to take third in the shot put, producing a mark of 12.00 meters (39 feet, 4.5 inches).

Springfield College had four of the top five placers in the high jump, as Dewhurst won the event for the second time in as many weekend, this time clearing 1.65 meters (5 feet, 5 inches), while Mia Facchini (Chicopee, Mass.) was second, clearing 1.60 meters (5 feet, 3 inches). In fourth was Strain, clearing 1.60 meters as well, while Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) was fifth with a mark of 1.55 meters (5 feet, 1 inches).

Springfield College will resume competition on Friday, January 25 when the Pride travels to the John Thomas Terrier Classic, hosted at Boston University, before heading home on January 26 for the Massasoit Classic, hosted in the Field House beginning at 10:30 a.m.