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Women’s Track & Field Places Eighth at Branwen Smith-King Invitational

Meredith Cronin

MEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomore Alicia Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn.) anchored a second-place 4x200-meter relay team by navigating the track in 26.89 seconds to help lead the Connecticut College women's indoor track & field program to an eighth-place finish among 17 schools at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts on Saturday afternoon.

Stonehill won the meet by registering 173.33 points, which was 83.33 points better than runner-up Wesleyan (90). MIT (73), Amherst (77.33), Tufts (73), Assumption (53), Worcester State (34.33), Connecticut College (26), Newbury (23) and Keene State (21) rounded out the top 10 teams in the standings.

Palmer teamed up with junior Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), freshman Sarah Clark (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior Kaitlin Thomas (Orange, Conn.) to make up the relay which punched in a time of 1:50.36. Kennedy ran a split time of 28.31 to set the tone, Clark ran the second leg in 27.11, Thomas circled the track in 27.86, and Palmer concluded the race with the fastest split for a group which registered the second-fastest time in program history.

The Camels also got several strong performances from a group of distance competitors in the 3,000-meter run. Freshman Tarvis Hintlian (Winchester, Mass.) circled the track in 10:55.98, while junior Eva Brydson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was fifth in 10:56.48. Freshman Meredith Cronin (Foxboro, Mass.) and senior Micaela Nee (Hanover, Mass.) placed seventh and eighth with marks of 10:59.90 and 11:01.84, respectively.

In the field, the team was paced by junior Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) in the weight throw. She registered an eighth-place toss that traveled 43-feet, 4.25-inches.

Connecticut College will send competitors back to Tufts for the Cupid Challenge next weekend.

Team Standings

1. Stonehill 173.33; 2. Wesleyan 90; 3. MIT 79; 4. Amherst 77.33; 5. Tufts 73; 6. Assumption 53; 7. Worcester State 34.33; 8. Connecticut College 26; 9. Newbury 23; 10. Keene State 21; 11. Wellesley 20; 12. Fitchburg State 16; 13. Regis 15; 14. Brandeis 12; 15. Plymouth State 6; 16. Wentworth 2.