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Historic 3,000m Leads W&M Women's T&F at CNU
Updated: Sunday 12/09/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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(photo by Tim O'Dowd)

Led by the deepest 3,000m run in school history, the William and Mary women's track and field team had a very successful outing Saturday at the CNU Holiday Open.  Five women in that event alone qualified for the ECAC Championships, along with one more in the pole vault, and six new entries were inked into the College record books.

Complete Results

3,000m Run
Freshman Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) ran a freshman-record 9:34.31 to win the 3,000m, leading a Tribe sweep of the first nine places in the race.  Stites' time, in addition to being an ECAC-qualifying mark, was also the 16th-fastest ever run at the College, and ranks her eighth among athletes in school history.  Junior Elaina Balouris (Allison Park, Pa.), whose record Stites broke, was right behind her in 9:34.49 to improve to ninth all-time at W&M.  Sophomore Dylan Hassett (Alpharetta, Ga.) was third in 9:45.67, and now ranks 16th among athletes at the College.  In addition to those three women, freshman Meghan McGovern (North Wales, Pa.), in 9:53.29, and junior Lanie Smith (Reston, Va.), in 9:54.32, also qualified for the ECAC Championships.

All five women rank in the top-10 in the nation so far this season, and it is by far the deepest race in school history with five women running 9:54.32 or faster.  The only race that comes anywhere close would have been the 1993 ECAC Championships, where the Tribe's three runners all ran under 9:44.79, and it is the most number of ECAC qualifiers in one race ever at the College.

Pole Vault
In the pole vault, sophomore Elizabeth Crafford (Darien, Conn.) was runner-up with an ECAC-qualifying clearance of 3.60 meters (11-9.75) for the second meet in a row.  She tied for the best height in the normal course of jumps at 3.50m (11-5.75), and then took second at 3.60m in the jump-off.  Classmate Nina Ullom (Chantilly, Va.) was fifth overall, clearing the bar at 3.35m (10-11.75).

Weight Throw
In the 20-lbs weight throw, redshirt-senior Natalie Baird (Sterling, Va.) was third overall with a toss of 15.16m (49-9).  Freshman Rochelle Evans (Christiansburg, Va.), making her first attempt at the event, was sixth overall in 12.71m (41-8.5).  Evans now ranks 11th all-time in school history.

Shot Put
Baird and Evans were back in action in the shot put, with Baird once again taking third with a put of 12.40m (40-8.25).  Evans was fourth in the event, with another personal-best of 12.27m (40-3.25) that improved her to 12th all-time at the College.

400m Dash
In the quarter-mile, freshman Claire Tito (Richmond, Va.) was 11th overall in 1:00.04, and now ranks 14th in school history indoors.

Mile Run
Redshirt-freshman Casey Lardner (Burke, Va.) won the mile for her first collegiate victory, running the eight laps in 5:17.46 to secure the win.  Freshman Juliana Marcucci (Riverhead, N.Y.) was close behind for second place, crossing the line in 5:18.30.

William and Mary now has six weeks off for exams and winter break.  The Tribe's next competition will come on Sunday, January 20, at the CNU Captain's Invitational.

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