SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Sophomore Monet Masters was victorious in the pole vault, leading the Coast Guard women's track and field to 50 points a sixth place finish at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Masters won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches as she was one of three Coast Guard athletes to place in the top three on the day. Junior Beth Gollin was second in the 3000 meter steeplechase finishing in 11:10.55 while freshman Caitlin Piker was third in the javelin with a best mark of 117 feet, 5 inches.
Junior Kendall Auth and sophomore Carolyn Smith placed fourth and fifth in the first 10,000 meter race of their respective collegiate careers. Auth finished in 40:13.17 and Smith crossed the line in 40:14.91. The finishing times are good enough for both runners to qualify for the Division III New England Championships.
Freshman Gretchen Krause was another top finisher for the Bears, placing sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24.20. Senior Hannah Seeland recorded a pair of top ten finishes, claiming fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 141 feet, 2 inches and placing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 4.75 inches.
Vermont won the team portion of the event with 177.5 points, more than double the total of second place Tufts. Host AIC was third with 57 points narrowly edging out fourth and fifth place finishers New Haven (55.5) and Central Connecticut (52). As mentioned above, Coast Guard was sixth with a total of 50 points on the afternoon.
Coast Guard will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th when they host WPI and Springfield at the annual CGA Tri-Meet.