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Women's Outdoor Track Tops Seven-Team Field at Navy Invitational

Sophomore Lauren Allam

March 24, 2012

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's track and field team (6-0) opened its 2012 outdoor season on a high note in sub-par weather conditions by topping a seven-team field at Ingram Field Saturday. The Mids took first place with 241 points, besting Delaware (128), Maryland-Eastern Shore (123.5), Towson (111), Howard (76.5), Rowan (66) and American (7).

Navy won eight events on the day, including all four of the distance events 1,500m and longer and sophomore Lauren Allam posted Navy's first ECAC-qualifying mark of the season.

"Considering it was torrential rain and poor conditions, the team really rose to the occasion and we sent our seniors out on a great note in their last home meet," head coach Carla Criste said. "The whole team did a great job bonding together and the energy at the meet was very positive."

Allam won the discus with a mark of 142-7 (43.47m), which is over the ECAC-qualifying standard. Teronda Brown was second at 137-2 (41.82m) and Maressa Guynn was third (133-8, 40.75m).

Senior outdoor captain Amanda Phelps won the hammer throw, making a mark of 166-10 (50.86m), in her last track meet on the grounds of the Naval Academy.

Phelps was also third in the shot put with a mark of 41-1½ (12.53m) and Allam was fourth (40-10½, 12.46m).

Freshman Annie-Norah Beveridge took first place in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:43.13 and classmate Shannon Cuthbert was fourth at 4:45.68.

Junior Brigid Byrne won the 5,000m run, coming in at 17:25.07, finishing more than 35 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Navy's Emily Jensen (18:00.15).

Senior Katie Taylor finished first in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:08.14 and freshman Christina Blair was third at 11:19.34.

Junior Jacqueline Blackburn took first in the 10,000m run, clocking a 41:00.51.

Junior Kristin Smith won the high jump, clearing 5-5 (1.65m) and teammates Veronica Ffrench and Melanie Sluzewicz tied for second at 5-3 (1.60m).

Freshman Sarah Barnum took first in the long jump with a leap of 17-8 (5.38m) and Sluzewicz was second at 17-7 (5.36m).

Senior Ashley Aitken was second in the 100m hurdles (14.69).

Navy's 4x100m relay team of Colleen McFadden, Veronica Ffrench, Kristin Smith and Mansfield Murph placed second with a time of 48.83. The 4x400m team of McFadden, Natasha Druggan, Murph and Ffrench also placed second at 3:58.76.

The Mids will compete at Maryland's Terrapin Invitational next Saturday.



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