Sutschek earns All-NEWMAC accolades, Bears record 7th place finish
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Sophomore Kyle Sutschek earned all-conference accolades by winning the discus and also placed fourth in the shot put in leading the Coast Guard women's track and field team to a seventh place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships, hosted by Springfield College.
Sutschek threw a meet best 129 feet, 11 inches en route to winning the discus event while her throw of 37 feet 1 ¾ inches in the shot put was good for fourth in the field; both throws were personal bests.
Juniors Hannah Seeland and Elizabeth Flint and freshman Katie Nielson each recorded top-five finishes as well for the Bears. Flint logged a fifth place result in the triple jump with a top distance and season best of 34 feet, 2 ¼ inches while Nielson finished fifth in the shot with a best throw of 37 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Meanwhile, Seeland threw her way to a fourth place finished in the hammer throw with a distance of 137 feet, 11 inches and nabbed sixth with a throw of 36 feet, 4 ¼ inches in the shot put.
The Bears logged a myriad of sixth place finishes on the afternoon as freshmen Madison Ahlers, Rachel Hill, and Monet Masters took sixth in the 400 meter, 800 meter, and pole vault, respectively. Ahlers ran a time of 1:01.24 in the 400 while Hill clocked in at personal best 2:19.42 in the 800 (good enough to qualify for the ECAC meet) and Masters vaulted 10 feet even. Junior Jessica Mulroy also recorded a sixth place finish with a personal best time of 12:30.47 in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Sophomores Beth Gollin (1500; 4:46.77) and Jamie Waterman (Discus, 108 feet, 4 inches) and junior Abigail Bishop (Long Jump; 15 feet, 6 ¾ inches) all recorded top-ten results on the day as each earned a ninth place finish in their respective events.
As a team, Coast Guard finished the day with 45 points, just six behind sixth place Wellesley. MIT won the overall team title with a staggering 228.50 points, ahead of second place Wheaton (153) and third place Springfield (102.50).
Next up for the Bears is a trip to the Division III New England Championships next weekend, May 2nd through 4th. Colby College will host the meet.