CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman Adora Lawrence was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) co-rookie of the year as she broke the school record in the 800 and was also a member of the school record 4x400 team as the women's track and field team finished in fifth place at conference championship hosted by MIT.
The Bears finished in fifth place with 69 points while MIT won with 270 points. WPI was second with 116.5 while Wheaton was third (114 points) and Springfield fourth (76).
Lawrence was second in the 800 running 2:15.08 breaking the school record of 2:17.62 set by Ashlee Johnson last season. Her career best time moves her into the top ten in Division III New England at ninth place. She then teamed up with senior Sarah Cummings, freshmen Madeline Colwell and Anna Beck to become the first team in school history to break four in the 4x400 (3:59.55) for a second place finish. It is the eighth fastest time in Division III New England this season.
Junior Gabrielle Troise set two school records on the day as she was second in the shot (41-5) and fourth in the hammer (164-6). Both the record Troise broke were hers that she has set in her first two years at the Academy. She is now fifth in the shot put and sixth in the hammer in Division III New England.
Also in the throwing events junior Alexia Troise was third in the discus (116-9.5) while junior Caitlin Piker was fourth (114.4.25). Piker also threw a season best mark in the Javelin with a distance of 134-3.25 for a second place finish and moving her into fifth place in Division III New England and 16th in all of Division III. Sophomore Karen Hovey was the only other thrower to score for the Bears finishing in seventh place in the discus (109-4.5).
In the jumps sophomore Kristina Bynum took home a fifth place finish (16-5.75) in the long jump in her first season competing for the women's track and field team.
On the track Beck was also Coast Guard's top individual finisher outside of Lawrence as she finished in 59.23 in the 400 for a fourth place finish. Colwell also scored in the 400 finishing in seventh place (1:00.60).
In her final NEWMAC championship, Jennifer Haley ran to a seventh place finish in the 1500 (5:02.80) while sophomore Caroline Jenkins wrapped up the individual scoring on the track crossing the line in sixth place (1:08.15) in the 400 hurdles.
The 4x100 also managed to place as they earned a seventh place finish in 51.48.
The Bears are back in action next Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th, when they compete at the Division III New England Track and Field Championship hosted by Williams.