Led by the two first-place finshes of Alexis Walker '16 (right side photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com), Wesleyan captured sixth place at the annual NESCAC Championships, this year hosted by Tufts Sat., April 27. Wesleyan also got a top finish from Hannah Zimmerman '13 (photo insert lower left) while Sierra Livious '14 (center photo) joined Walker by setting a Wesleyan field record. In total, Wesleyan accumulated 71 team points. Walker, with four all-NESCAC efforts, was named Rookie Performer of the Meet by the conference coaches.
Walker accounted for 28 individual points and also contributed to a third-place finish in the 4x100m relay as Wesleyan's top gun during the meet. Her first-place leap of 18-5 in the long jump broke her own school record by 1-1/4 inches. She also won the 100m dash with a :12.29 clocking. Her time of :25:53 earned her runner-up status in the 200m. Idara Foster '15 and Lia Monti '13 also added sprint points to the Wesleyan cause as Foster was fourth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m. Monti was eighth in both the 200m and 400m. Both were part of the 4x100m relay along with Melissa Luning '15. Zimmerman won the 10k for a second straight year, improving her time by more than one minute (37:10.63). Nellie Triedman '13 supplied sixth-place points in the 10k. In the 5k, the Cardinals picked up points from Julia Mark '13 (7th). Geneva Jonathan '15 was the eighth-place finisher in both the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles.
In the field, Livious placed fifth in the shot put while eclipsing her own school record by more than half a foot with a toss of 40-5 1/2. She also took seventh in the long jump. Wesleyan's final team points came from the 4x400m relay of Luning, Geneva Jonathan, Monti and Sydney Cogswell '16.
Ahead for the team was the New England Division III Championships, hosted by Colby Thurs.-Sat., May 2-4. No Cardinal placed in the meet with only a handful participating. Tops on the team was Sydney Cogswell '16 with a 15th-place run in the 800m.
Another contingent of Cardinals will travel to Stonehill for the New England Open meet Thurs.-Sat., May 9-11.