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By Robert Gillespie
Connie Beal '03's best shot put throw of the year came at the right moment. Her heave of 43' 5 3/4" earned seventh place and All-America honors in the finals of the NCAA Division III National Championships held at the end of May in Decatur, Ill. Beal and Michelle Keady '03 also competed in the hammer throw at the meet on the strength of their 13th and 10th national rankings.
With only three seniors on the women's track and field team and a number of juniors abroad, "I thought it would be a rebuilding season, but I was wrong. We really had a pretty amazing spring," said coach Debra Aitken.
Aitken's charges won the Aloha Relay Meet at Bowdoin College, essentially the women's state meet--with 188 1/2 points to the host's 182 1/2. Mt. Holyoke, Southern Maine and Bates followed. Co-captain Jacqueline Johnson '01 won the 100-meter dash (13.26), Tiffany Frazar '01 took the 5,000-meter run (18.41.82), and Chyann Oliver '04 won the 100-meter hurdles (16.56). The Mules ran off wins in both the 4x100 and 4x800 relays with times of 51.37 and 9:59.84.
Beal snared all four Aloha throwing events,discus, hammer, javelin and shot put. Going into the NESCAC Championships at Wesleyan University, Beal's best hammer throw was 157' 8", her school-record discus toss stood at 139' 11" and she'd reached 42' 11" in the shot put, a school sophomore record. She came away from the NESCAC meet with second-place finishes in the shot put (41' 1/2"), discus (127') and javelin (her throw of 123' 2" was a personal best) and a third in the hammer with a throw of 146' 7".
The team finished on the heels of second-place Middlebury in the New England Division III Championships, although Aitken said "we were surprised" not to perform better. Beal took fourth in the shot put and fifth in the javelin and won the hammer throw while Keady, holder of the school hammer throw record at 161' 3", took fifth. Liz Frederick '03, school record-holder in the pole vault with a leap of 10' 8", tied for third at 10 feet. Karima Ummah '04 was second in the high jump and won the triple jump at 36' 7 1/2", a new school outdoor record.
Men's track and field co-captains LeAndrew Rankin '03 and Jared Beers '01 led the way in the men's spring season. Beers, who set the school 400-meter run record as a sophomore with a time of 48.72, turned in a 48.97 in earning a victory in the state championship meet held at Colby. A week later his 49.24 won the NESCAC Championships at Wesleyan University. Including trials in both the 200 and 400, Beers ran five races on the day, finishing fourth in the 200 and running legs on both the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay.
Rankin took second in the hammer throw at the NESCAC meet with a toss of 177' 8". The following week his 176' 8" at the New England Division III meet at Connecticut College earned Rankin another second place. He finished sixth at the New England Division I Championships at the University of Connecticut with a toss of 172' 5".
"Pretty good for a sophomore," said coach Jim Wescott. "At that level of competition he fared very well."
With a hammer throw best of 180' 5" and an 11th ranking in the nation, Rankin also competed in the NCAA National Championships in Illinois in May.
Nat Brown '04, who ran in the national cross-country meet last fall, finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the state meet but zeroed in on the steeplechase after finishing third at the state meet and fifth in the NESCAC Championships. A week later in the New England Division III Championships at Connecticut College, Brown dropped his steeplechase time to 9:32.95, only seconds from the provisional NCAA standard and the sixth-fastest Colby time ever in the event.
With three years ahead of him, Brown chose to pass up the New England Division I Championships, but Wescott believes "he could've placed. He's a natural at it. He has great competitive instincts."
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