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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 2, 2009
MEDFORD, Mass. --- After dominating the hammer throw in the past month in conference, Colby College’s Brianna Kondrat can now say she is the best thrower in New England Division III. Danielle Sheppard and Emma Linhard have bragging rights as well after winning championships.
Kondrat had a toss of 162-04 to win the hammer throw at the New England Division III Women’s Track and Field Championships at Tufts University. She won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title last Saturday with a school record toss of 167-01.
Kondrat won the NESCAC title by nearly 20 feet, but had competition this week at the New England meet. Springfield College’s Kelsey Bishop was second with a throw of 159-09, while Elizabeth Vantiel Duncan of Bates College was third with a 154-06. Kondrat has been the NESCAC Field Performer of the Week in three of the last four weeks. Kondrat also placed second in the discus throw at 129-06 and teammate Kelly Foster was ninth with a 117-04.
Sheppard, the NESCAC high jump champion as well, may have had the closest competition of any event in the meet. Sheppard and three others all tied at 5-4.25, but she had the fewest missed jumps to win the event.
Linhard finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:36.75 to win Colby’s other championship. Middlebury’s Erin Toner was second with a 4:38.98. Linhard also anchored the 3,200 relay team of Amanda Burgess, Devan FitzPatrick, and Heather MacDonald to a seventh-place finish in 9:38.24.
Bethany Bartley was sixth overall in the heptathlon with 2,078 points. She was second in shot put (31-9.5) and tied for second in the high jump (4-9.5). Jordan Schoonover placed 10th with 1,894 points.
Katrina Gravel led three Colby runners in taking seventh in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 39:28.99. Mandy Ivey was right behind her in eighth place with a 39:31.06 clocking.
The Mules also received sevenths from Erin Beasley in the 100 dash (13.12) and Greta Wells in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:36.13). FitzPatrick took eighth in the 5,000 meters (18:11.46) and Alyssa Marquez placed ninth in the pole vault (9-8).
The Colby women placed eighth out of 26 scoring teams with 51 points.