By Adam Levine
The Framingham State University women’s track and field team placed fifth out of 17 teams at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational April 8.
Framingham’s Casey McAuliffe said the team competed hard after success just two days prior at the Regis Spring Classic April 6.
Framingham’s Emily Newcomb said, “I thought we performed really well this weekend. It felt like all the puzzle pieces were finally falling into place.”
Newcomb and teammate Alyssa Caputo both earned a spot on the MASCAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Honor Roll April 11.
Newcomb placed third in the women’s 800-meter run at the Regis Spring Classic and first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational.
She said, “I was really proud of my first place finish, as it was my first one of the season. I would like to continue to work on my technique so I can drop some time off before the competitive league meet.”
McAuliffe was among other placewinners for the Rams. She placed first in the women’s 10,000-meter run at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational.
McAuliffe said she felt strong going into the meet. “I came off a good week of training with my other distance girls.”
She led the 10,000-meter run, followed by Framingham’s Camille Carvalho, Liv Poole, and Amanda Bedard, who placed second, third, and fourth respectively.
McAuliffe said, “We show up every week willing to put in the extra miles, lifts, and motivate each other.”
Newcomb said she is proud of teammate Kammarie Pelland’s fourth-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational.
She said, “It was her first time running it. It can be a grueling race, and the fact that she finished in fourth, ahead of veteran steeplechase runners with a MASCAC qualifying time is no small feat.
“Kam is a testament of the hard work and dedication our whole team has been putting in this season,” Newcomb added.
McAuliffe praised her team’s performance. “The FSU community can expect strong performances from distance to throwing.
“Right now everything seems to be falling into place with PRs [personal records] and MASCAC qualifiers.
“I think we will make our mark in the MASCAC Championship,” she added.
The Rams travel to Regis College for the Pre-Conference Meet April 22.