Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Beavers Selected to Finish Fourth In Pre-Championship Poll

Beavers Selected to Finish Fourth In Pre-Championship Poll

UMaine-Farmington finished fourth last season at the conference championship. Due to the weather conditions and meets being canceled, the Beavers have seen their season as a mixed bag of performances, never really going full throttle except with a few great performances. UMF took third at the Fitchburg Invite out of 15 teams, competing as a full squad, while the rest of the year has been tough with injuries. Laura Pulito has had a great year so far, qualifying for NE in two events 800m and 1500m, while Olivia Riley has qualified in the 5000m with a time of 18:38. Katie Leblanc is running strong in the 5K and 1500m along with Chloe Kenyon for the steeplechase, while Jessica Brink is making a breakthrough in the discus.

In preparation for the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Track & Field Championship, a poll was conducted among the league's head coaches predicting how the teams would finish.

 

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

1.

Colby-Sawyer

47 (5)

2.

Husson

44 (2)

3.

Castleton

34

4.

UMaine-Farmington

29

5.

Lyndon

17

6.

Johnson

15

7.

UMaine-Presque Isle

10

The Colby-Sawyer women were selected to repeat as the champions after receiving five first-place votes for a total of 47 points, while Husson, the 2017 runner-up, garnered the remaining two first-place votes for 44 points to claim second and Castleton took third with 34 points.

UMaine-Farmington was tabbed fourth just five points behind the Spartans with 29 points, while Lyndon was fifth (17 points), Johnson took sixth (15 points) and UMaine-Presque Isle placed seventh (10 points).

2018 Championship Information

Colby-Sawyer will welcome six other varsity programs to compete at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field facility (No. 21 on campus map) and Mercer Field (No. 22 on campus map) with a tentatively scheduled start of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. **Click HERE for a campus map and HERE for spectator information.

Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, UMaine-Farmington, Husson, Johnson, Lyndon and UMaine-Presque Isle will all be competing as teams, while student-athletes from SUNY Delhi will be participating as individuals at the 2018 championship.

The female athletes will compete in a total of 19 events (38 total with the men).

Event Scoring
Event management (scoring and timing) will be provided by Lancer Timing Services  - www.lancertiming.com
Final Results will be made available after the championships.

NAC Women's Performance Results this Season - click HERE
NAC Men's Championship Meet Records
 - click HERE

Team Information

Colby-Sawyer finished first at the 2017 NAC Championship. The team has seen positive results this season, finishing 14th/22 at Tufts, third/15 at Fitchburg and third/13 at Mount Holyoke. Emmani Robinson (ranked 16th in the NCAA, shot put) and Amanda Martin (NE qualifier in triple jump) lead the way for the team. Robinson has earned NAC Field Athlete of the Week twice, while Martin claimed an honor as well. The team will also be led by Shari Rainville (ranked first in the 100m hurdles and pole vault) and Nia Fraser (last year's long jump winner, ranked third this year).

Husson finished second at the 2017 championship, finishing just half a point behind Colby-Sawyer. The Eagles have not yet run a meet as a full unit, opening in California with 12 athletes and splitting their squad between SNHU and Thomas. Husson took second at Thomas out of six schools and eighth out of 15 at SNHU, while the full squad would have potentially had higher finishes together. Sophomore Leah Desjardins, the 2017 Rookie of the Year and 100m, 200m and 4x100 champ is still tops for Husson and currently ranks first in the 100m and 200m in conference scoring. Freshman Allison Kondracki is making an immediate impact as she currently ranks second for scorers in the 400m hurdlers, first in the long jump and third for scorers in the triple jump. Both Adreona Daniels and Arianna McKinnon lead the 400m crew ranking in the top-five. Maddie Page, a soccer player competing as a first-year in track and field, is making noise in the 800m and the pole vault. Morgan Clifford and Lindsey Joliat are continuing to hold down the distance events, both ranking, Clifford in the steeplechase and Joliat in the 5K. Three Husson pole vaulters are currently in the top-five in the conference including the 2016 NAC Champion, Jaclyn MacDonald and the 2017 NAC Champion, Jessie Dessert. The throwers will be anchored by senior Faith Burnett who leads the conference in the hammer, while freshman Issy Capozzi is having an impact in the shot put and hammer as is Megan Bataran in throws.

Castleton placed third at last year's NAC championship. The Spartans are led by a veteran throwing corps, and a strong core of newcomers has meshed well with the squad this season. Brianna Hake eclipsed the New England regional mark in the javelin and ranks second in the NAC with a top distance of 34.59 meters. Ally Stearns sits second in the conference in the hammer throw with a season-best heave of 39.73 meters, while Carley Patch is second in the discus with a mark of 33.05 meters. Lydia Maier (800m Run), Carlie Reen (400m Dash), and Haley Kennedy (100m Hurdles) are spartan athletes to watch on the track at this year's championship.

Lyndon finished fifth last year at the NAC Championship. This year, the team's best finish was eighth at the Mount Holyoke Spring Fling. Top performances this season include Jessica Hillman in the 100m (13.91), 200m (29.24), 100m hurdles (19.02), and the long jump (4.71m), while Abby Salvadore has done well in the shot put (9.66m), discus (30.78m), and javelin (38.97m). Salvadore and Hillman will look to improve their performances at the conference championship as they currently rank in the top of the NAC. Salvadore is ranked first among NAC athletes in the javelin and third in the discus, while Hillman is ranked in or near the top six in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles and the long jump.

Johnson finished sixth at last year's NAC Championship. The Badgers hope that an increase in numbers will help the young and inexperienced group surpass the 12 points scored last year. Johnson finished eighth at the Fitchburg Invitational to start the season, scoring 20 points. Freshman Ellery Kiefer has impressed in her first two collegiate meets, breaking the program record in the shot put at both events with her longest throw coming in at 9.60m. Kiefer, along with Sala Sarr in the long jump and Jaden Gray in the 800m will be the Badgers to watch at the 2018 NAC Championship.

UMaine-Presque Isle, as a first year program, has had limited participation this season, but have seen success out of the squad as the year progressed. The Owls have looked to improve upon their institutional marks each week. Chenoa Jackson has run better than she has in high school and continues to progress.

NCAA Division III Qualifying Lists

2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Qualifying List - click HERE
DIII New England Outdoor Performance List - click HERE

ECAC Qualifying Standards - 2018 ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Qualifying Standards - click HERE

2017 Championship Results

Colby-Sawyer College won its second-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship on a cold and rainy Sunday at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field on April 30, 2017.

Picked as the preseason favorite, the Chargers edged second place Husson by just one half of a point. Colby-Sawyer avenged a half of a point loss to the Eagles in 2015 by winning today's championship with 206 points to Husson's 205.5 points. Castleton placed third (79), followed by UMaine-Farmington (62), Lyndon (14.5) and Johnson (12).

For complete results, click HERE.