Women's Track and Field Begins Campaign With Springfield College Season Opener

Springfield, Mass. - December 2, 2017 - The Springfield College women's track and field team began its indoor season with the Springfield College Season Opener, hosted in the Field House on Saturday. The four-team meet featured the Pride, Williams College, Westfield State and Stevens.

Beginning the day in the 60 meter dash, Courtney Luscier (Pittsfield, Mass.) took second overall with a time of 7.97 seconds, before the senior notched a time of 46.44 in the 300 meter dash, good for sixth overall. Also in the 300 meter dash, Emily Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) took eighth with a time of 48.23 seconds. Sophomore Katie Rowe (Mansfield, Mass.) took third in the 500 meter run with a time of 1:24.20, clocking in just before classmate Katie Evans (Holyoke, Mass.), who crossed the finish line in 1:28.97, good for fourth.

Juniors Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.) and Macayla LaChance (Peabody, Mass.) took first and second in the 800, as Madeia posted a time of 2:23.26, finishing just ahead of Lachance, who registered a time of 2:34.79. Abigail Murdock (Westerly, R.I.) took second in the mile with a time of 5:46.77, while in the 3000 meter run, Hannah Wunderlich (Methuen, Mass.) and Laura Volan (Scarborough, Maine) finished second and third, respectively, as Wunderlich notched a time of 11:23.72 and was followed by Volan's 11:30.52.

Sophomore Katherine Strain (Longmeadow, Mass.) took second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.90, while in the 4x400 relay, the team of Evans, Ashley Consolini (Southwick, Mass.), Rowe and Abigail Tantorski (North Haven, Conn.) took third with a combined time of 4:22.17.

Strain took third in the high jump, as she cleared 5 feet, 2.5 inches, while in the long jump, Jaime Jax (Brooklyn, Conn.) finished fifth, jumping 16 feet, 8.5 inches. Alexandra Pratt (Pawcatuck, Conn.) took fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 11.75 inches, while Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) posted a runner-up finish in the shot put with a heave of 35 feet, 2.5 inches, and in the weight throw, after registering a distance of 40 feet, 11 inches. 

Next, Springfield College will compete at the Tufts Invitational in Medford, Mass. on Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. 

Division III New England Qualifiers

Courtney Luscier - 60 meter dash
Kristen Madeia - 800 meter run
Katherine Strain - 60 meter hurdles, High Jump
Taylor Nogiec - High Jump
Jaime Jax - Long Jump