MEDFORD, Mass. — The Endicott women's track and field team posted several noteworthy performances to begin its inaugural season on Saturday at the Snowflake Classic, hosted by Tufts University.
Aleah MacKay (Bedford, N.H.) highlighted the Gulls' efforts as the freshman distance runner qualified for both the New England Division III and All-New England Championships with a time of 40:11.88 in the 10,000-meter run (11th place overall/18 runners). Her time easily surpassed the N.E. D3 qualifying standard of 41:20.00 and also eclipsed the All-New England's standard of 40:24.24. MacKay's time also sits at No. 42 on the NCAA Division III national qualifying list.
Additionally, MacKay bested several other student-athletes in the race from well-established Division III New England programs including conference foe Salve Regina (40:13.79), WPI, Westfield State, Keene State, and Connecticut College.
Meanwhile, Endicott's trio of 400-meter runners consisting of Julia Jankowski (Methuen, Mass.), Amanda Recupero (Ipswich, Mass.), and Olivia Folkes (Amston, Conn.) all placed inside the top-25 of the event. Jankowski led the pack with a time of 1:04.35, while Recupero crossed the finish line in 1:04.78 and Folkes followed closely behind at 1:04.82.
Kiera Malone (Woburn, Mass.) also registered a top-25 finish in the 5,000-meter run with a personal best time of 19:27.89, good enough for 20th overall out of 39 competitors.
Rounding out the list of noteworthy performances was the 4x400-meter relay team of Sierra Villemaire (Richmond, Vt.), Folkes, Recupero, and Jankowski who registered a combined time of 4:28.20 for an eighth place finish in the event.
"We had a great debut at Tufts today," said Endicott women's track and field head coach Spencer Lange. "Today's meet was all about getting valuable experiences with the understanding that there is still a lot of work to do. The women fought hard and competed with a lot of heart. We're all very excited for Aleah [MacKay] as she hit the 10 NCAA Regional qualifying standard."
OTHER ENDICOTT WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
- Miranda Scorsome (Colchester, Vt.) and Taylor Papa (Tolland, Conn.) finished 50th (14.79) and 57th (15.16) overall in the 100-meter dash.
- Julianne Sullivan (Wrentham, Mass.) ranked 50th overall out of 94 competitors in the 200-meter dash (29.33), while teammates Danielle Boucher (Hampton, N.H.), Hevyn Pray (Rehoboth, Mass.), and Lauren Vickery (New Boston, N.H.) ran times of 29.95, 30.05, and 30.80, respectively.
- Laura Pomeroy (Windham, N.H.) led a group of five student-athletes in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:27.40 (54th overall). Sarah Matys (Holden, Mass.) posted a time of 5:37.19, while Haley Marek (Westhampton, Mass.) clocked in at 5:48.26. Annie Frame (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Elise Regnier (Wrentham, Mass.) roundabout the group with times of 6:13.14 and 6:13.18.
- Jamie Budge (Old Tappan, N.J.) was 23rd overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.08, while Sabrina Moul (North Attleboro, Mass.) came in 37th overall (19.94).
- Hannah Buckley (Milford, Conn.) registered a distance of 19-feet and 2.75-inches in the shot put for 39th place overall.
- Endicott's 4x100-meter relay team of Boucher, Papa, Pray, and Sullivan notched a time of 55.43.
The Endicott women's track and field team will compete in the Regis Spring Classic, hosted by Regis College, on Friday, April 6 at 2:30 PM at Regis Stadium (Weston, Mass.).
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)