Colby's 1,600 relay wins New England D3 title

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 4, 2013
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Brittney Bell (Ann McClure photo)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College's 1,600-meter relay team of Emily Doyle, Frances Onyilagha, Emily Tolman, and Brittney Bell are New England  champions after taking the title at the 

New England Division III Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Colby's Harold Alfond Stadium.
A week after finishing a strong third at the NESCAC Championships, the Colby women did even better this Saturday by finishing third overall in a field of 25 scoring teams. The Mules had 78 points and finished behind only champion MIT (126.50) and Tufts University (93).

The 1,600 relay team clocked a 3:51.75, with Tolman coming up big on the third leg. She started out behind Rhode Island College's Natasha Miller on the hand-off, was able to pass her on the second turn, and gave anchor leg Brittney Bell a sizable lead. Bell ran a strong final leg to help the Mules beat runner-up Williams by more than two seconds.

Colby's 400 relay team of Bell, Tolman, Emily Doyle, and Frances Onyilagha took second place in 48.08. Bell and Alanna McDonough both broke a 27-year-old Colby school record in the 400 hurdles. McDonough, running in an earlier heat, had a time of 1:03.92 to break the record of Heather Frazier (1986) to finish fifth overall. Just minutes later, Bell broke McDonough's record with a 1:03.15 clocking to take fourth place.

Emily Doyle broke Bell's school record of last year in the 400 meters with a time of 56.45. Tolman finished in fourth place in 57.63.

Brittany Reardon finished fourth for Colby in the 100 hurdles (15.13) and fifth in the pole vault (11-7.75). Kate Connolly added a sixth in the 5,000 meters (18:11.40) and Berol Dewdney was sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:26.08).

The MIT women moved up one spot in the teams standings from second a year ago to first this season with 126.50 points.

MIT's Jaclyn Konopka helped her team to the title by winning the heptathlon with 4,420 points. MIT also received wins from Brooke Johnson in the 5,000 meters (17:31.05) and the 1,500 meters (4:33.05, facility record), and Lauren Kuntz in the pole vault (12-7.5).

Tufts received wins from Kelly Allen in the discus (162-06), Marilyn Allen in the 100 hurdles (14.90), and the 400 relay team (48.01) of Christina Harvey, Samantha Bissonnette, Anya Kaufmann, and Alexis Harrison. 

Other women's winners Saturday included Tanasia Hoffler of Williams in the triple jump (38-6.75), WPI's Laura Pumphrey in the high jump (5-6), Westfield State's Naloti Palma-Kaluma in the shot put (44-10.25), Amherst's Sarah Daly in the 10,000 meters (35:39.04, facility record), Mount Holyoke's Camille Coklow in the 100 dash (12.47), Brianne Mirecki of Williams in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:47.98), Rhode Island College's Jaimee Dorsey in the 400 dash (55.25, meet record) and 200 meters (25.35), Middlebury's Juliet Ryan-Davis in the 800 meters (2:07.73), and Kirsten Silfvenius in the 400 hurdles (1:01.94).

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