Mooney Leads Bears to Sixth Place Finish at DIII New England Championship

Kaitlyn Mooney
Kaitlyn Mooney

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The women's track & field team earned their best finish since 1996 tying for sixth place at the Division III New England Championship hosted by Springfield.

The Bears scored 39 points to tie with NESCAC foe Bates. Williams took the team title with 149 points followed by MIT with 127.

Freshman Kaitlyn Mooney won a wild race in the 3000 beating senior Brittany Bowman of Tufts by two-tenths of a second (9:45.69) for the programs first individual champion since Jackie James won the 55 in 2000. Her time beats her school record set earlier this season of 9:46.79 and is currently fifth in all of Division III in the event.

The 4x800 tied for sixth in program history running 9:36.76 for All-New England honors and a third place finish. The quartet was made up of freshman Maeve Roach, junior Anita Green, sophomore Adora Lawrence and senior Ashlee Johnson.

Senior Gabbie Troise earned All-New England honors in two events taking fourth in the shot put (38-04) and fifth in the weight throw (49-11).

Johnson and Lawrence were both All-New England in individual events as well as Johnson was third in the 600 (1:38.16) while Lawrence crossed the line in fifth in the 800 (2:21.10).

The DMR took home All-New England honors as well running the seventh fastest time in school history and finishing in seventh place in 12:53.44. The team was made up of freshman Emma Sims, junior Molly Yuan, freshman Mia Huncharek and Mooney.

The final individual All-New England finisher of the day was sophomore Anna Beck running to a seventh place finish in the 400 (59.68).

Coast Guard finishes their season at two chance qualifier meets on February 24th and March 3rd looking to punch a number of tickets to the NCAA Championship next month.