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W&M Women's Track Wraps Up Outstanding Weekend
Updated: Sunday 04/21/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary women's track and field team wrapped up a terrific weekend of action at three different meets on Saturday, totaling five ECAC qualifications and two Olympic Trials "B" marks since Thursday night.  There were also nine new entries on the Tribe record books, as W&M athletes and coaches competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, and the New Captain's Classic at Christopher Newport.  Unless otherwise noted, all performances were at CNU.

10,000m Run
As noted earlier this week, on Thursday night sophomore Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.) qualified provisionally for the U.S. Olympic Trials in her first-ever 10,000m.  She ran 33:56.26, the second-fastest time ever at W&M, to take sixth in the elite race at the Mt. SAC Relays, and blasted by the ECAC qualifying standard as well by nearly four minutes.

Pole Vault
The Tribe's second provisional Trials qualification also came at Mt. SAC, as volunteer assistant Janice Keppler took fourth in the elite pole vault Saturday.  Keppler cleared the bar at 4.30 meters (14-1.25), her best so far this spring.

Also in the pole vault, this time at CNU on Saturday, sophomore Nicole Dory (Fort Worth, Texas) matched her lifetime-best and re-qualified for the ECAC Championships with her winning vault of 3.70m (12-1.5).  Dory ranks fifth in school history outdoors in the pole vault.  Freshman Nina Ullom (Chantilly, Va.) was fourth in the event, clearing a height of 3.46m (11-4.25).

Triple Jump
Dory was also part of a record-setting afternoon in the triple jump, as all three of the Tribe's competitors set lifetime-bests.  Dory led the way with her winning leap of 11.98m (39-3.75), more than two feet past her previous best outdoors.  It was also the second-longest ever at W&M, behind only Jennifer Walker's '98 12.08m (39-7.75) at the 1998 CAA Championships.

Sophomore Grace Elizabeth Oxley (Silver Spring, Md.) was second on the day, jumping out three times to a distance of 11.60m (38-0.75), nearly a full foot past her previous best from last week.  It was the 10th-longest jump in school history outdoors, and Oxley now ranks fifth all-time at W&M.  Senior Lynnie Bresnahan (Orange, Va.) completed the Tribe sweep of the top three spots, touching the ground at 11.36m (37-3.25) to improve to eighth all-time in school history.

In the throws, junior Natalie Baird (Sterling, Va.) earned a pair of ECAC qualifications and a pair of record-book entries.  First, in the discus, she won with a toss of 45.84m (150-5) which was the ninth-longest throw ever at W&M.  Baird now has every entry on the Tribe's all-time top-16 list.

Shot Put
In the shot, Baird took second overall with a lifetime-best put of 13.69m (44-11).  In addition to qualifying her for the ECAC Championships in a second event, Baird now ranks seventh in school history in the shot put outdoors.

5,000m Run
The Tribe's final ECAC qualification came on Friday night at Princeton.  Freshman Jess Cygan (Bethlehem, Pa.) ran the 5,000m for the first time at W&M, and came away with a time of 17:10.67.

Saturday at CNU, the Tribe had several more athletes run the 5,000m, led by senior Kristen Dietz (Springfield, Va.).  Dietz won the race in 18:19.62, well ahead of the pack.  Leah Fitchett (Blacksburg, Va.) was second in 19:07.62, and Melissa DiVecchia (Centreville, Va.) rounded out the top three in 19:12.72.

Hammer Throw
W&M also got another record-book entry in the hammer throw.  Natalie Baird was third with a throw of 46.28m (151-10), and sophomore Erin Challis (Toano, Va.) threw nearly nine feet past her previous best to take sixth at 41.63m (136-7).  Challis now ranks 12th in school history in the event.

400m Dash
The Tribe's last entry in the record books came in the 400m dash.  Freshman Sarah Katz (Manakin-Sabot, Va.) motored around the track in 58.40 seconds for second place, her best time outdoors this spring.  She now ranks 15th all-time at W&M outdoors.

800m Run
W&M had three more victories Saturday at CNU, including in the 800m run.  Freshman Maggie Gutierrez (Purcellville, Va.) ran a personal-best 2:19.23 for the win.

4x400m Relay
In the 4x400m relay, Katz and Gutierrez led-off and anchored the Tribe, respecitvely, to a winning time of 3:57.65.  In between the two were classmates Mary Beth Berg (Grays Lake, Ill.) and Brittany Biagi (Mullica Hill, N.J.).

1,500m Run
The final win of the day came in the 1,500m, where sophomore Clarissa Schick (Richmond, Va.) put metaphorical miles of daylight between her and the field to win in 4:46.01.

Long Jump
In the long jump, Lynnie Bresnahan took a second bronze medal of the day after leaping 5.15m (16-10.75) for third place.

Javelin Throw
Sophomore Anna Rose Gellert (Providence, N.J.) also earned bronze on Saturday, throwing 30.57m (100-3) for third in the javelin.  Classmate Kayla Trantham (Poquoson, Va.) was fifth in the event, chucking her spear a distance of 30.24m (99-2).

William and Mary returns to action next weekend, with select athletes traveling to the world-reknowned Penn Relays.

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