SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – As they did Friday in the 1500 meters, Bentley University seniors Caitlin Fahey (Bridgewater/Coyle-Cassidy HS) and Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills HS) were the first two across the finish line in the 800 meters Saturday during the final day of the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at American International College.
Fahey broke the meet record set last year by Varsell with a 2:11.69, and Varsell finished in a season-best and NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time of 2:12.98.
Three school records were broken over the course of the day, and Fahey and Varsell were involved in one of those, combining with senior Melissa Kimball (Weymouth/Weymouth HS) and freshman Kendal Pratt (Topsfield/Masconomet Reg. HS) for a time of 3:58.80 in the 4x400 relay. That improved on a record that had lasted for 11 years by 1.02 seconds and was good for fifth place in the meet.
Senior Keisha Johnson (Randolph/Randolph HS) erased an even longer lasting record in the triple jump, one that Kim Overy owned for the past 21 years. Johnson finished third with a distance of 36 feet, 11.5 inches, an inch-and-a-half better than the existing mark and 9.5 inches better than her previous career best.
The third school record was achieved by sophomore Tatiana Froehlich (Newton/Newton North HS) with an 11th-place finish in the hammer. Her throw of 104 feet improved on the record she set last month by 3 feet, 8 inches.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Samantha Albanese (Lynnfield/Lynnfield HS) was eighth, with her time of 12:53.69 a PR by seven seconds.
Bentley totaled 69 points in the championships, the most in program history. The Falcons were seventh of 11 overall with UMass-Lowell scoring 189 in its final year in the NE-10 to capture the team title.