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DeShields, Thayer Set School Records in Long Jump Camel Women Win Three Relays at MIT

Alex DeShields ´12
Alex DeShields ´12
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Connecticut College track and field teams were competing on both sides of the Charles River this weekend. Members of the team visited Boston University for the Valentine´s Day Invitational while most of the rest of the team competed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Invitational. Eight Camels qualified for the New England Division III Championship and two school records were shattered along the way. At MIT, sophomore Alex DeShields (Melrose, Mass.) set a school record in the long jump, covering a distance of 21 feet, two inches in the victory. In the women´s long jump, Margaret Thayer (Littleton, Colo.) place third with a record setting leap of 16 feet, five inches. Tess Peckler (Olympia, Wash.) matched her previous program record in the high jump with a fourth place scoring, covering a distance of five feet and one inch. In the 55 meter hurdles, Merry Byrne (Brookside, N.J.) reached the finish line in 9.18 seconds to place sixth for Connecticut College. At Boston University, sophomore standout Doug Wright (Darien, Conn.) and Tim Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) qualified in the 3000 meters with respective times of 8:42.59 and 8:55.09. In the 800 meters, Andrew Duarte (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Tristan Cole (St. Helen, Calif.) had their tickets stamped for the New England Division III Championship with times of 1:58.71 and 1:59.21. The Camel women enjoyed their share of success in the relay events at MIT. In the 4x400 meter relay, Hayley O´Neil (Bedford Hills, N.Y.), Haley Goodwill (Marlborough, Conn.), Michelle Wesley (Millwood, N.Y.) and Merry Byrne ran a season best time of 4:18.76 in a win for the Camels. Kelsey Taylor (East Hampton, Conn.), Ally Bonito (Guilford, Conn.), Molly Pistrang (Princeton, Mass.) and Kerry Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) cruised to victory in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 9:57.48. In the distance medley relay, the Camel foursome comprised of Libby Maret (Sandy Hook, Conn.), Emily Wilde (Potomac, Md.), Maura Hallisey (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Hanna Wagner (Sudbury, Mass.) triumphed in a time of 14:40.42. In addition to their three wins, the Camels placed fourth in the 4x200 meter relay, running their best race of the season. Sophomore Cara Hass (Franklin, Mass.), Joann O´Brien (Plymouth, Mass.), Tess Peckler and Ali Holland (Watertown, Mass.) posted a time of 1:55.93 for Connecticut College in the 4x200 meter relay.

February 13, 2010

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