McClure, Matthews help Colby women to fine start

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 3, 2013
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Catherine McClure (photo @ Kevin Morris)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Catherine McClure finished in fourth place in the 10,000-meter run and Abbott Matthews took fifth in the hammer throw for the Colby College women in a solid first day for the Mules at the New England Division III Track and Field Championships at Colby's Harold Alfond Stadium on Friday.

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Colby has 13 points and stands in fourth place in the meet heading into the final day of competition Saturday.

McClure finished in a time of 36 minutes, 56.78 seconds in her first New England Division III meet. Matthews threw 166-11 in her finish, while teammate Kate MacNamee took seventh place with a throw of 153-08. Leigh Fryxwell also had a seventh for Colby in the javelin throw (121-07).

Colby's Alison Grover earned 2,130 points and is 11th in the heptathlon after the opening four events.

The Tufts University women did not have an individual champion Friday, but had 23 points on the day for the lead. 

Amherst College's Sarah Daly broke a 21-year-old facility record in taking the women's 10,000 meters in 35:39.04. The old record of 35:49.06 was set at the NCAA Division III Championships at Colby in 1992. Bridgewater State's Molly Rouillard took second in 35:49.99.

Worcester State's Amanda Caldarone won the long jump (17-7) after taking ninth place a year ago in the event. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth's Krista Chauvin was the other women's champion Friday in taking the hammer throw at 188-10. She took third place a year ago. Amina Avril of Williams was second at 183-11.

Jaclyn Konopka of MIT has the first day lead in the heptathlon with 2,776 points. Eastern Connecticut's Lauren Hultzman is second with 2,479.

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