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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 11, 2013
EASTON, Mass. --- The 1,600-meter relay team of Emily Doyle, Frances Onyilagha, Emily Tolman, and Brittney Bell finished in fourth place and broke the school record for the event for the third straight week for Colby College at the Open New England Women's Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Stonehill College.
The foursome had a time of 3:49.98 to become the first Colby 1,600 relay to break 3:50.0. The Mules won the 1,600 at the New England Division III Championships in a time of 3:51.75 at Colby last weekend and had set a NESCAC meet record and school record with a 3:51.97 at the league championships two weeks ago.
Colby finished second among Division III schools to Rhode Island College (3:49.52), which finished third at the New England Division III meet last week. University of Massachusetts at Lowell won the relay in 3:44.29 and University of New Haven was second in 3:45.49.
Colby's 3,200 relay team of Laura Duff, Ginny Keesler, Alanna McDonough, and Morgan Lingar also broke a school record with a time of 9:20.43 in taking ninth place in the event. The Mules were third among Division III schools. The old Colby record was 9:22.19 set back in 2006.
Bell also had a seventh in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.73 to break her own school record set last week at the New England Division III meet (1:03.15). Bell and and teammate Alanna McDonough had both broken a 27-year-old school record of Heather Frasier, who had a 1:04.99 in 1986. McDonough set the record first and Bell broke her mark moments later in another heat.
Brittany Reardon finished in eighth place and earned a point with her leap of 11-5.75 in the pole vault.
Alanna McDonough finished in 24th place in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.76. Colby's 400 relay team of Bell, Reardon, Doyle, and Onyilagha took 15th place in 48.53.
The Colby women tied for 27th in the team standings with a score of eight points.