Weekend colleges: Florence’s Gabby Thomas wins 5 Ivy League outdoor track titles for Harvard

Published: 5/6/2018 6:47:45 PM

Gabby Thomas ended the Ivy League Championships with a flurry Sunday.

The Harvard sophomore and Florence native chased down Columbia’s Akua Obeng-Akrofi on the final leg of the 4x400-meter relay to steal a win in the event for the Crimson. She ran a 49.44 in her anchor leg, erasing nearly a three second gap after 1,200 meters. Harvard’s final time was 3:36.35.

It was one of five conference titles she won over the weekend.

Thomas, who attended Williston Northampton, won the 100 in 11.27 seconds and the 200 in 22.76. She cleared 21 feet, 8.25 inches to win the long jump. Harvard’s women’s 4x100 relay captured the title in 45.16 seconds. Thomas ran the second leg.

Harvard finished in second as a team with 114 points, while Penn won the title with 177.

Atlantic 10 Championships — Heather MacLean won the 800 in 2:05.61 and the 1,500 in 4:19.87. Jada Harris placed first in the 100 hurdles (14.09). Bridget Deveau triumphed in the heptathlon with 5,044 points. The Minutewomen finished fourth as a team with 93.5 points. VCU won with 159.

NCAA Division III New England Championships — Smith College’s Zoe Rubinstein cleared 12-5.5 to win the pole vault championship. Charleen Theroux of Mount Holyoke was sixth in the 400 (58.51). Amherst’s Leonie Rauls took seventh in the 800 (2:14.39).

Men’s Track & Field

Atlantic 10 Championships — Dawson Bathgate was third in the steeplechase in 9:03.55. Evan Burton threw the discus 157-10 for third. John Long placed third in the javelin after a 201-2 throw.

NCAA Division III New England Championships — Jack Wesley posted Amherst’s best finish, taking eighth in the men’s 10,000 (33:27.69).


UMass 4, Stony Brook 3 — Nolan Kessinger drove in two runs on four hits Saturday. Logan Greene added three hits, including a double. Marcus Fry drove in a run.

Bryant 8, UMass 2 — Eddy Hart had two hits, including a double, and an RBI on Saturday. Marcus Fry also hit an RBI double for the Minutemen (14-23).

Middlebury 7, Amherst 0; Amherst 6, Middlebury 3 — Severino Simeone tallied four hits and two RBIs across doubleheader split Saturday. Harry Roberson and Nick Nadone both drove in runs in the win.

Amherst 8, Middlebury 5 — Max Steinhorn (three hits) and William Murphy (two hits) each drove in two runs Sunday, as the Mammoths (21-12, 8-4 NESCAC) closed the regular season with a win. Sam Ellinwood added four hits, while Joseph Palmo had three. The victory clinched the top seed in the NESCAC tournament.


UMass 6, George Mason 0; UMass 2, George Mason 1 (8) — Meg Colleran struck out four and allowed just four hits in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Saturday. Erin Stacevicz and Amy Smith both had two RBIs. In the second game, Riley Gregoire hit a walk-off single in extra innings to score Amy Smith. Jackie Kelley drove in the other run pinch hitting in the fourth. The Minutewomen (22-25, 20-0 Atlantic 10) finished the conference season unbeaten and will be top seed in the conference tournament starting Thursday in New York.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Tufts 20, Amherst 12 — Colin Minicus (assist), Jack Norton and Matt Solberg (assist) all socred three goals, but the Mammoths lost in the NESCAC semifinals Saturday.

Max Keeley, Trenton Shore (two assists), Broghan Mahon, Zach Schwartz and Dylan Peabody (assist) also found the net.

Chad Simons stopped 11 shots for the Mammoths (14-3).

Amherst received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will host Keene State on Wednesday.

Women’s lacrosse

Bowdoin 11, Amherst 9 — Claire Dunbar tallied three assists with a goal in a NESCAC semifinal loss Saturday. Hannah FOx, Julia Crerend and Katherine Malone scored two goals each, while Isabelle Sennett and Leah Ritterband found the net.

Talia Land saved 10 shots for the Mammoths (15-3).


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