Feb. 27, 2005
Cambridge, MA-- The women's track and field team headed north this weekend to compete in the Heptagonal Championships. The team finished fourth overall, one point ahead of the University of Pennsylvania and only four points behind Columbia. Emotions were running high at this year's league championship, and there was quite a bit of jockeying for position during many of the races. A great team effort was put forth. There were contributions from every event group, as well as from each class. A spirited crowd gathered to watch the proceedings, and different teams' cheers could be heard throughout the day during nearly every race.
In the 60m dash, senior Jaylon White (Minneapolis, MN) took fifth with a time of 7.84. In the 60mH, senior Fara Kitton (Bellmore, NY) placed third overall with a time of 8.84. Sophomore Brooke Wolfe (Perkasie, PA) placed seventh.
In the mile relay, sophomore Natasha Barrett (Miami, FL), Kitton, freshman Akilah King (Medford, MA), and sophomore Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed fourth with a time of 3:52.46, nipped by Columbia by only .24. The two-mile relay placed second with a time of 8:58.98, despite a nasty fall during the handoff between the second and third legs. The 4x800m team was made up of juniors Annie Hatch (Tacoma, WA), Kelly Powell (East Patchogue, NY), Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME), and Ferjan.
Ferjan went into Heps with the leading 800m time in the league. She qualified for the finals of the 800m with a heat-winning time of 2:11.36 in the trials, but a collision on the track during the finals caused her to fall. She was unable to recover the amount of ground necessary to get back into the competitive race.
Sophomore Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA) ran tough in the 5000m and finished sixth overall (17:12.89). Monaghan's time was a new personal record for her. She came back on Sunday to compete in the 3000m, as well.
On the field, junior Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) won the triple jump with a leap of 12.63m (41'5.25"), more than two feet ahead of the second place competitor. Senior Ashley Wall (Ellicott City, MD) placed second in the long jump (5.77m/18'11.25") and third in the high jump (1.65m/5'5"). In the throws, senior co-captain Jill Lynch (Racine, WI) placed second in the shot put (13.78m/45'2.5"). Senior Jennifer Donahue (Winter Park, FL) placed third in the weight throw (16.20m/53'1.75"). Finally, multi-talented sophomore Brooke Wolfe took fifth in the pentathlon with 3424 points.
The Bears return to action at ECACs on March 5 in Boston.