Piker, Jenkins Earn First Place Finishes at Springfield

Caitlin Piker
Caitlin Piker

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior Caitlin Piker and sophomore Caroline Jenkins each earned first place finishes as the women's track & field team competed at the Springfield College Classic.

Piker won the javelin with a throw of 126-08. She currently sits fifth in New England in the javelin with a distance of 130'11" set earlier this month at a tri-meet with Springfield and WPI. She also is the school record holder in the event (135-07) and was 12th at the NCAA Championship. Piker was also third in the discus (113-06).

Jenkins ran 1:07.81 to win the 400 hurdles. She was also third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.61. Her time is the her best this season and moves her into the top 20 in division III New England. Jenkins is also 30th in D III New England in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.27 from earlier this season.

Sophomore Gabrielle Troise had three top ten finishes on the day take fourth in the hammer (156-03), second in the shot put (33-04.75), fourth in the discus (113-03) and seventh in the javelin (96-07). Troise continue to shine this season as she is sixth in D III New England in the shot put (39-11.25), sixth in the hammer (156-03) and 10th in the discus (124-07).

Other top performances in the throwing events was junior Alexia Troise in the discus (115-10, second place), hammer (136-01, eighth place) and the shot put (33-4.75, 10th place), sophomore Karen Hovey (136-03, seventh place) and freshman Vanessa Huber in the javelin (89-01, 10th place).

On the track freshman Adora Lawrence ran a season best time in the 800 in 2:17.78 for a third place finish, nearly breaking the school record of 2:17.62 set by Ashlee Johnson last season. With her time, Lawrence will move into the top 15 of D III New England. Sophomore Morgan Garrett also competed in the 800 finishing in 10th place in a time of 2:25.09.

Joining Jenkins in the hurdle events was freshman Mary Sims in finishing in seventh place in the 100 hurdles (17.77) while junior Alexandra Cobb (1:11.77, fifth place) and sophomore Molly Yuan (1:12.18, sixth place) had top ten finishes in the 400 hurdles. Sims was also 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 29-2.5.

Senior Bonny Turnage also earned a top finish in the 5K crossing the line in fourth place in a time of 18:41.61. Junior Rachel Burchill was right behind her in sixth place finishing in 18:44.66. 

In the 400 senior Sarah Cummings was the Bears top finisher in fifth place (1:00.58) followed by sophomore Madeline Colwell in seventh place (1:01.28). 

Senior Jennifer Haley was the final top ten finisher on the day for Coast Guard in the 1500 with a time of 5:04.60 (ninth place).

The Bears are back in action next Saturday, April 29th at the NEWMAC Championship hosted by MIT.

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