Women's Track & Field Earns Postseason Nods at Tufts

Photo by Jason Choi
Photo by Jason Choi

MEDFORD, Mass. - Three Lyons earn nods to postseason competition after concluding action for the Wheaton College women's track & field team at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Sunday.

Senior Emily Gustavson crushed it for Wheaton in the 200-meter dash with a strong second place finish at 25.40 to earn her a New England Division III Championships and Open New England Championships qualifying times. First-year Briana Gausland was right behind her with a sixth place showing of 27.04.

Wheaton went on to place two teams in the top five of the 4x100-meter relay, first with the A team claiming second place with a final time of 49.90 with senior Kalah Thomas, Gustavson, junior Raevyn Fontaine and Gausland. Wheaton's B team consisting of senior Kelly Ludew, junior Elizabeth Akindolie, senior Jessica Barros and junior Abby Epplett earned a fourth place spot at 51.54.

Fontaine continued Wheaton's strong push when she sealed a New England Division III Championships qualifying time of 15.60 in the 100-meter hurdles while first-year Gina Pardi guided the Lyons in distance during the 1,500-meter run.

With another top five performance, the 4x400-meter relay team of Epplett, sophomore Emily Hammond, first-year Abby LeBlanc and first-year Katie LeBlanc registered fourth place when they timed in at 4:18.55.

In field events, sophomore Cathryn MacGregor earned a New England Division III Championships nod after a stellar performance in the javelin when she captured sixth place at 37.17m. Sophomore Tara Rochefort was the top competitor for the Lyons in the hammer throew when she recorded fifth place with a final mark of 39.42m.

The Lyons compete next on Saturday in the Amherst Invitational hosted at Amherst College.

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