Last weekend, the Amherst women’s track and field team finished third in a competitive field of 22 teams at the Branwen Smith-King invitational, held at Tufts on Saturday.
The event, while important to the Mammoths’ season, was perhaps most notable for the impressive individual performances, including multiple Amherst athletes who clinched their spots at the DIII New England regional indoor championship meet.
Three Mammoths qualified for the championships in the 400 meter race, led by Juanita Jaramillo ’22, who paced the majority of the field with a time of exactly 1:00.00, more than enough to ensure her sport at the regional championships. Anna Madden ’22 and Sophia Friedman ’21 also qualified, finishing third and fifth respectively.
Additional qualifiers included Katie Lingen ’22, Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman ’21 and Ava Tillman ’23 in the 600 meters, Grace Haase ’21 in the 800 meters and Sarah Gayer ’21 and Sophia Wolmer ’23 in the 3000 meters. Gayer and Wolmer finished second and third in the event, respectively.
Amherst had its greatest success in the 1000 meters, with Jenny Mazzella ’20 and Isabella Landry ’23 finishing in first and fourth.
In the field events, Caroline Ferguson-Dryden ’20 registered new collegiate bests, hitting distances of 10.25 meters in the shot put and 13.38 meters in the weight throw.
The Mammoths return to action next Saturday, when they head back to Tufts to compete in the Cupid Challenge and to give their runners yet another chance to book their spots at the regional championships.