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Women's Track and Field Places Second at NEWMAC Championships; Records Best Team Finish Since 2011

Women's Track and Field Places Second at NEWMAC Championships; Records Best Team Finish Since 2011

Springfield, Mass. - April 27, 2019 - The Springfield College women's track and field team produced 152.16 points at the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, hosted at Blake Track on Saturday. The Pride's runner-up finish marked its best performance as a team at the conference championship meet since the 2011 season, when it also took second overall.

The maroon and white's performance was highlighted by three individual victories and nine All-Conference honors, as Chloe Dewhurst (Lancaster, Mass.) won the high jump, Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) repeated as the shot put champion, and Sam Liberty (Pascoag, R.I.) was victorious in the javelin throw.

Starting off the day, Rachel Wentnick (Metuchen, N.J.) finished seventh in the women's 10k with a time of 40:24.85, before the 4x100 relay team of Abby Tantorski (North Haven, Conn.), Katie Evans (Holyoke, Mass.), Emma Donohue (East Hampton, Conn.) and Sydney Fackrell (Hamburg, N.J.) combined for a second-place time of 49.68 seconds. 

In the 110 meter hurdles finals, Elizabeth Herlihy (Shelton, Conn.) was second with a time of 15.34 seconds, just beating out teammates Katherine Strain (Longmeadow, Mass.), who was fourth with a time of 15.45 seconds, and Emily LaPlante (Troy, N.Y.), who was fifth with a time of 15.95 seconds. 

Senior Tiffany Tenney (Orange, Mass.) was third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.98 seconds, while in the 100 meter dash finals, Fackrell was fourth with a time of 12.79 seconds. Tantorski also was sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.87 seconds, as she placed second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.32 seconds. Tenney scored in the 200 meter dash with a fifth-place time of 26.52 seconds. 

Senior Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.) was third in the 800 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 2:20.44, while Ashley Consolini (Southwick, Mass.) was fifth in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in 1:09.48. The combination of Madeia, Abigail Murdock (Westerly, R.I.), Consolini and Tenney were fourth in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:10.91.

In the field events, LoPriore won her second-straight conference title in the shot put with a heave of 12.51 meters, as she was followed by Emily Lacasse (West Hartford, Conn.), who put up a mark of 11.34 meters, and Christi Johnson (Bozrah, Conn.), who produced a mark of 11.24 meters.

Liberty won the javelin throw with a toss of 41.06 meters, which slid her up into the top 20 of Division III in the event, while in the high jump, Dewhurst won the event as she was the lone competitor to clear 1.65 meters, as Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) and Taylor Nogiec (Berlin, Conn.) tied for second with a clearance of 1.60 meters.

Freshman Emma Radler (North Ferrisburgh, Vt.) was eighth in the pole vault, clearing 2.95 meters, while in the long jump, LaPlante led the way for the maroon and white with a distance of 5.26 meters.

Up next, Springfield College will get ready for the Division III New England Championships, which will begin on Thursday, May 2 at Williams College.

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