Burchill, Beck Lead Bears to Fourth Place Finish at NEWMAC Championship

Sr. Rachel Burchill & So. Anna Beck
Sr. Rachel Burchill & So. Anna Beck

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -  Senior Rachel Burchill and sophomore Anna Beck both won individual NEWMAC Championships as Coast Guard finished in fourth place at the NEWMAC Conference Championship Saturday afternoon.

The Bears finished with 107.5 points for fourth place while MIT took the top spot with 213 points.

Burchill took the 10K championship by more than 35 seconds running 39:25.67 for her first individual NEWMAC Championship in her career.

Beck led a 1-2 sweep in the 400 as she crossed the line in 57.93 just missing her school record of 57.82. Classmate Adora Lawrence ran a personal best (58.11) and the second fastest time in program history for second place.

Beck did set a school record in the 200 with a fifth place finish in 25.94 breaking the school record by four one hundredths of a second. 

Freshman Kaitlyn Mooney scored in two events for the Bears taking second place in the 1500 (4:32.54) and seventh place in the 800 (2:18.35).

Other top individuals on the track were sophomore Olivia Suski (4th– 11:45.02) and junior Nina Ragle (6th– 12:04.24) in the 3K steeplechase, junior Caroline Jenkins (5th– 15.89) and sophomore Hollis Roush (7th– 16.20) in the 100 hurdles, Jenkins in the 400 hurdles (4th– 1:08.59) and freshman Emma Sims (5th– 19:01.63) in the 5K.

Coast Guard came in second in the 4x400 as Beck, freshman Maeve Roach, sophomore Madeline Colwell and Lawrence took second place in 4:01.90 with the third fastest time in program history.

In the field events, the Bears combined for 30 points led by senior Gabbie Troise who scored 14 points on her own with a second place finish in the hammer (158-9) and sixth in the discus (114-11) and shot put (35.7.75). In her NEWMAC debut, freshman Leilani Salang matched Troise with 14 points of her own as she took second in the discus (128-11) and third in the shot (35-10). Junior Karen Hovey was seventh in the shot put (34-0.75).

Rounding out the scoring for Coast Guard was junior Kristina Bynum who finished tied for sixth in the long jump with a distance of 16-7.25.

Coast Guard is back in action next weekend, May 4th-5th, when they head to MIT for the Division III New England Championship.

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