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Three Women's Track and Field Student-Athletes Win ECAC Titles; Hitchcock and Moyher Win at MIT Final Qualifier

Three Women's Track and Field Student-Athletes Win ECAC Titles; Hitchcock and Moyher Win at MIT Final Qualifier

New Haven, Conn. - May 16, 2019 - The Springfield College women's track and field team was well represented at a pair of meets on Wednesday and Thursday, as three individuals earned titles at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship, while others competed at the MIT Final Qualifier on Thursday. 

Sophomore Emily LaPlante (Troy, N.Y.) had a great start to the heptathlon at the ECAC Division III Championships on Wednesday as she had personal-best times in the 100 meter hurdles (15.72 seconds) and the 200 meter dash (28.02 seconds) to position herself in third with 2464 points thus far. Also competing in the high jump, LaPlante took second as she cleared 1.48 meters, and was also third in the shot put with a heave of 9.35 meters.

In the women's javelin throw, Sam Liberty (Pascoag, R.I.) produced the meet's top mark, as she threw 39.46 meters to claim an ECAC title, while Emma Radler (North Ferrisburgh, Vt.) also earned All-ECAC honors with a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 2.60 meters.

LaPlante continued her impressive ECAC Championship on Thursday, as she produced a personal-best time of 2:35.36 in the 800 meter run to conclude the competition with 4029 points, good for third overall. 

In the field events, junior Mia Facchini (Chicopee, Mass.) won an ECAC Championship in the high jump, clearing 1.64 meters, while Tiffany Tenney (Orange, Mass.) claimed an ECAC title in the 400 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 57.69 seconds. 

At the MIT Final Qualifier on Thursday evening, Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) won the women's high jump, as she cleared 1.70 meters, or 5 feet 7 inches, which was just 0.25 inches shy of the Springfield College women's track and field program record, set by Cathy Loiselle in 1980. With her mark of 1.70 meters, Hitchcock jumped up into a tie for seventh in all of Division III women's track and field in the event.

Freshman Chloe Dewhurst (Lancaster, Mass.) was fifth in the women's high jump, clearing 1.58 meters, while in the javelin throw, Carley Moyher (Killingworth, Conn.), who came into the meet ranked No. 8 in all of Division III, was first with a distance of 40.15 meters.

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