WESTFIELD – Westfield State University hosted UMass Dartmouth in a women’s track and field dual meet on Saturday, April 12.
No teams scores were compiled but there were many fine performances on the sunny, 70-degree day at the Jerry Gravel Track and Field Complex.
The Westfield women were again led by senior Targie Gervais and sophomore Naloti Palma. Gervais sprinted to victories in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in All-New England qualifying times of 12.38 and 25.33 seconds.
Palma placed first in the shot put (40-3 ½) and discus (134-9). Her discus toss was seven inches shy of her school record (135-4).
Senior Amy Auclair also missed re-setting her school record in the pole vault. Auclair did set a facility record by clearing 11-6 ¼, an inch shy of her school record.
Also placing first for the Owls were: freshman Ashley Monahan (800, 2:20.19), sophomore Meg McNamara (100 hurdles, 15.35), junior Olivia Marshall (3,000 steeplechase, 12:25.6), junior Kat Palso (long jump, 16-7 ¼), and the 4 x 400 relay (4:14.44) of Ashley Monahan, Cassidy Noonan, Jaime Lyons and Nicole Lanoie.
Sophomore Julianna Miller finished second in the hammer throw with a personal best of 131-3, edging senior teammate Alex Livingston (130-0).
Marie Gulino placed second in the 400 (1:00.91) and was fourth in the 200 (26.70). Also placing second were Noonan (800), Andrea Domings (1500), McNamara (400 hurdles), Michelle Kelleher (steeplechase), and Michaela McCarthy (high jump).
The Westfield State track and field team returns to action on Saturday, April 19, when it competes in the Springfield College Invitational. The conference championships are being held April 26 at UMass Dartmouth.