Competing in the first scored meet of the season, Wesleyan participated in the Stampede Invitational at Tufts Sat., Feb. 2 and had eight top-eight finishes to garner 35 scoring points, good enough for seventh place among 24 scoring teams. Host Tufts amassed 166 points to win the team title while nearby MIT was second with 155.
Alexis Walker '16 (left side photo) accounted for nine team points by placing third in the long jump with a 17-0 effort. She added sixth place in the 60m dash, timed in :07.98. Also involved in two scoring situations for the Cardinals was Lia Monti '13 (right side photo) as she led off Wesleyan's first-place 4x200m relay, which came through with a 1:46.95 clocking. Joining her on the victorious quartet was Idara Foster '15, Hannah Goodman '16 and Geneva Jonathan '15. Monti had a sixth-place effort on her own in the 200m (:26.50). Like Monti, both Kate Cullen '16 and Kimora Brock '15 had a top-eight performance on her own in the 800m as Cullen took sixth (2:26.43) and Brock seventh (2:27.85). Each was part of the 4x800m relay that captured fourth, along with Brynn Hansson '15 and Rebecca Winkler '16. The rest of the Cardinals' point came from Ceili Brennan '13 in the 1000 (6th, 3:05.82).
Up next for the squad was to be the Collegiate Track Championships at Wesleyan Sat, Feb. 9 but Winter Storm Nemo forced the meet to be cancelled. As a result, the next action became the Cupid Challenge at Tufts, a non-scoring meet held Mon., Feb. 11. There Julia Mark '13 won the 5k in a time of 18:08.59 with Hannah Zimmerman '13 second in 18:11.47. On her way to covering all five events of the pentathlon, Sierra Livious '14 took second in the shot put with a toss of 40-2 3/4. Her efforts in the five events would have resulted in a good pentathon score of 2736.
Wesleyan will send a contingent of athletes to Southern Maine Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16 to take part in the annual New England Division III Championships in the team's next action.