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Strain and Dewhurst Lead Women's Track and Field at Massasoit Classic

Strain and Dewhurst Lead Women's Track and Field at Massasoit Classic

Springfield, Mass. - January 26, 2019 - Junior Katherine Strain (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Chloe Dewhurst (Lancaster, Mass.) both picked up individual victories for the Springfield College women's track and field team on Saturday to lead the Pride at the Massasoit Classic, hosted in the Field House.

Strain won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.78 seconds, while Dewhurst won the high jump for the third-consecutive weekend, clearing 1.65 meters or 5 feet, 5 inches.

Senior Abby Tantorski (North Haven, Conn.) took sixth overall in the 60 meter dash to lead off the track portion of the day for Springfield College, before Strain took home the 60 meter high hurdles with a time of 9.78 seconds, just beating teammate Ashley Consolini (Southwick, Mass.), who took fifth with a time of 9.93 seconds.

Tantorski would come back in the 200 meter dash and produce a time of 27.07 seconds, good for fourth overall, while Katie Evans (Holyoke, Mass.) was seventh in the event with a mark of 27.85 seconds. Tess Chilcott (Pembroke, Mass.) led the Pride in the 1000 meter run with a time of 3:29.55, just outlasting teammates Deanna Carlone (Canastota, N.Y.), who clocked in at 3:29.80, and Sophia Andrew (Newtown, Conn.), who notched a time of 3:29.88. 

In the field events, Dewhurst continued her impressive freshman season as she won the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters or 5 feet, 5 inches, finishing ahead of Mia Facchini (Chicopee, Mass.), who took second clearing 1.55 meters, or 5 feet, 1 inches. Strain and Emily LaPlante (Troy, N.Y.) tied for third, each clearing 1.55 meters as well.

Freshman Emma Radler (North Ferrisburgh, Vt.) took second in the pole vault, clearing 2.90 meters or 9 feet, 6.25 inches, while in the long jump, Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) was the Pride's leader with a mark of 4.56 meters, or 14 feet, 11.5 inches to take seventh overall. Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) turned in a pair of third-place performances on the afternoon as she produced a heave of 11.67 meters or 38 feet, 3.5 inches in the shot put, before posting a mark of 13.69 meters or 44 feet, 11 inches in the weight throw.

On Friday evening, the Pride also had student-athletes compete in the John Thomas Terrier Classic, hosted at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center. Senior Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.) and sophomore Abby Murdock (Westerly, R.I.) both competed in the 800 meter run, as Madeia clocked in at 2:17.82, while Murdock trailed with a mark of 2:25.72. Senior Tiffany Tenney (Orange, Mass.) raced to a time of 59.71 seconds in the 400 meter dash, while Emory Fairchild (New Milford, Conn.) and Aly Coyle (Pembroke, Mass.) both ran in the mile race, with Fairchild finishing at 5:29.36, just ahead of Coyle's time of 5:31.88. Sophomore Rachel Wentnick (Metuchen, N.J.) finished off the day in the women's 3k, as she posted a time of 11:15.28.

Springfield College will now gear up for the All New England Championships, which will be hosted at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2.