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Tufts National Qualifying Meet

On Saturday March 7th, the Mammoths travelled to Tufts University to compete at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet, a last chance opportunity to qualify for the Indoor Track and Field National Championships.

We brought a smaller, but fierce, group of Mammoths to compete, and we are so proud of all of them for toeing the line this weekend!

Distance Medley Relay

Sophie Wolmer running the 1200 leg of the DMR

The first event on the track was the women's distance medley relay (DMR). The distance medley relay consists of four legs: the 1200, 400, 800 and finally the 1600.

Sophie Wolmer got the Mammoths started with a nice 1200 meter leg, and Sophie did her best to handle some erratic pacing.

Sophia Friedman running the 400 leg of the DMR

Sophie handed off to Sophia Friedman in 5th, not far off the leaders. Sophia competed hard, and handed off to Jenny Mazzella in sixth, not far behind the fifth place team.

Jenny Mazzella running the 800 leg of the DMR

Jenny ran a great 800 leg, holding the Mammoths' position.

Sarah Gayer running the 1600 leg of the DMR

Sarah Gayer ran a nice 1600 leg, fighting for her teammates with each step!

The Mammoths finished in a time of 12:22, a season best for the Mammoths in the relay, but unfortunately outside of Nationals qualification. We are so excited for our future in this event, as we return three of our four legs and they gained valuable experience yesterday!

Billy Massey running the 1200 leg of the DMR

Next on the track was the men's DMR. Billy Massey got the Mammoths started with a great run on the 1200 leg, making great moves for the lead and handed off to Stanley narrowly behind second place!

Stanley Dunwell running the 400 leg of the DMR

Getting the baton in third, Stanley Dunwell ran a great 400 leg, fighting hard in a tight field, to hand off in fourth place, right with the race leaders.

Ryan Prenosil running the 800 leg of the DMR

Ryan Prenosil ran a great 800 leg, staying patient throughout the first two laps and maintaining the Mammoths position in fourth. With two laps to go, he made a move for the lead, and finished well to hand off to Spencer in second place.

Spencer Ferguson-Dryden taking the lead in the 1600 leg of the DMR

Receiving the baton in second place, Spencer Ferguson-Dryden ran a great 1600 leg, patiently waiting for the right moment to strike. With one lap to go, he made his move and held it, helping the Mammoths win the DMR!

The winning DMR, happy after finishing!

Their time of 10:01 is ranked fifth nationally in Division 3, and locks up a Nationals qualification in the event! This is the third consecutive year in which the men's distance medley relay has qualified for the Indoor National Championships in this event!

60 Meter Dash

Nehemiah McGowan (left) and Henry Buren (right) running the 60

Going into the weekend not far off the Nationals qualifying mark in the 60 meter dash, Nehemiah McGowan and Henry Buren aimed to use their experience and consistent success in the event to help them qualify for Nationals.

They started the day in the prelims, where they both competed well, as they both qualified for the final, as Nehemiah and Henry ran times of 6.95 and 6.99 seconds, respectively.

In the final, they both ran well, competing hard until the finish line.

Waiting for results

After crossing the finish line, all there was to do was wait.

Nehemiah happy after a great race!

The results on the board showed Nehemiah running a new personal best and school record time of 6.89 seconds! His great run qualifies him for his first National Championships in his first season of track ever, and we are so proud of him!

Henry placed third in a time of 6.96 seconds, tying his personal best in the event and concluded a great season in which he broke seven seconds five times in the 60 meter dash!

800

Braedon Fiume running the 800

Braedon Fiume was our only Mammoth in the 800, and he ran a great race! He competed well in his heat, and narrowly placed second, not far off his season best in the 800 with a great time of 1:58!

4x400

Sophia Friedman (left) and Anna Madden (right) waiting for the start of the 4x400

In an effort to help the Mammoths qualify for Nationals in the women's 4x400, we entered two women's 4x400 teams, so our "B" team could help push our A team to hopefully a qualifying mark.

Anna Madden leading off the 4x400

Anna Madden led off for the Mammoths as she has all year, and she ran her best lead off leg yet! She used her experience to her advantage, as she ran well to hand off to Katie narrowly behind Bates in second place.

Katie Lingen running the second leg of the 4x400

Getting the baton narrowly behind Bates, Katie Lingen ran a great second leg, maintaining contact with Bates the whole time, and handed off to Sam in a great position.

Sam Tichelaar running the third leg of the 4x400

Sam Tichelaar fought for every, doing her best to maintain contact with Bates. She gave it her all, and handed off to Juanita narrowly behind the race leaders.

Juanita Jaramillo anchoring the 4x400

Juanita received the baton in third, and patiently closed the gap on Bates and Middlebury. With 100 to go, she started to make her move. She put in her all, and crossed the finish line in a time of 3:54.55, a new school record for the Mammoths!

(L-R) Anna Madden, Sam Tichelaar, Katie Lingen and Juanita Jaramillo)

Their school record run was particularly impressive, as they ran faster than they did at Boston University a few weeks ago, which is a banked track.

Unfortunately, the women's 4x400 just missed qualifying for Nationals, but the team of all sophomores is eager to continue to improve, and we are so proud of them for putting their hearts on the line!

Ava Tillman running the second leg of the 4x400
Susannah Auderset running the third leg of the 4x400
Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman anchoring the 4x400

The four members of the women's "B" 4x400, Sophia Friedman, Ava Tillman, Susannah Auderset, and Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman all ran well, and competed hard!

We can't thank them enough for training for an extra week, all to help their teammates, and it speaks volumes about them as people!

Elijah Ngbokoli in the blocks, getting ready for the 4x400

The last event on the track for the Mammoths was the men's 4x400 relay. Elijah Ngbokoli led off, running strong in only his second 400 of the season.

Henry Buren running the second leg of the 4x400

In his third race of the day, Henry ran a nice second leg of the 4x400!

Nehemiah McGowan running the third leg of the 4x400

Also in his third race of the day, Nehemiah ran a nice leg of the 4x400 in his first 400 ever!

Ellis Phillips-Galucci anchoring the 4x400

Ending his firstyear indoor season on a high note, Ellis anchored the 4x400 relay in his best relay split of the year on a flat track in a great display of his strength and development in the event.

The women's 4x400 relays huddling up before the race

We're so proud of all the Mammoths who competed yesterday, and are so proud of them for competing in a high pressure situation. Their poise allowed them to perform well, and their experience from the meet will serve them well going forward.

Many thanks to the family, friends and alumni who came and cheered us on yesterday, we really appreciate it! And a million thanks to Dan Friedman for taking the wonderful photos used for this presentation!

NEXT UP for the Mammoths is the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, held at the JDL Fast Track.

The following athletes will be competing this weekend, and we are so excited for them!

Women's 3k: Sarah Gayer and Sophie Wolmer

Women's 60 Meter Hurdles: Ella Rossa

Men's 60 Meter Dash: Nehemiah McGowan

Men's Heptathlon: Troy Colleran

Men's Distance Medley Relay: Billy Massey, Stanley Dunwell, Ryan Prenosil, Spencer Ferguson-Dryden

Stay tuned to our social media pages throughout the week for updates!