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Freshman Record Highlights Weekend for W&M Women's Track and Field
Updated: Wednesday 03/31/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary women's track and field team spent the weekend at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational, coming away with three ECAC-qualifying performances and a new all-time mark in the freshman pole vault.

Pole Vault
Friday night, the Tribe went 1-2 in the women's pole vault with a pair of ECAC qualifications.  Freshman Elizabeth Crafford (Darien, Conn.) won the competition with a freshman-record height of 3.80 meters (12-5.5), just a centimeter behind her lifetime-best set indoors this winter.  Crafford's clearance now ranks her fourth all-time in school history.  Sophomore Nicole Dory (Fort Worth, Texas) was second on Friday night, and fifth all-time at W&M, with her ECAC-qualifying height of 3.70m (12-1.5).  Also just one centimeter behind her lifetime-best, Dory's jump was more than eight inches higher than her previous outdoor-best.  Freshman Nina Ullom (Chantilly, Va.) was sixth in the competition at a height of 3.40m (11-1.75), and now ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history.

W&M also got an ECAC qualifier in the discus, where junior Natalie Baird (Sterling, Va.) won the event with a throw of 46.24m (151-8).  It ranks as the seventh-longest throw in school history, and the best for Baird since she threw 46.25m (151-9) at the 2010 ECAC Championships.

800m Run
The Tribe's third victory of the weekend came Saturday afternoon in the 800m run, courtesy of junior Michelle Britto (Woodbridge, Va.).  Britto ran 2:14.07 for the win, more than three seconds better than she had ever run before, and came in just ahead of classmate Katie Buenaga (Greenville, Del.).  Buenaga's silver-medal 2:14.70 was also a lifetime-best, .2 seconds faster than she ran indoors this winter and more than two seconds faster than her previous outdoor-best.

3,000m Run
In the 3,000m, freshman Jess Cygan (Bethlehem, Pa.) took second overall in 10:02.85, just six seconds behind the ECAC standard.  Lauren Strapp (Raleigh, N.C.) was third in 10:03.73, a career-best in the 3,000m by more than 11 seconds.

William and Mary returns home next weekend to host the 47th Annual Colonial Relays, Thursday-Saturday April 5-7.  The Tribe will welcome more than 30 schools and numerous current and former national champions, All-Americans, and Olympic hopefuls to the Colonial Relays this year, beginning Thursday afternoon with the women's hammer throw.

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