SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – In the fourth meet of the outdoor season at the Mount Holyoke College Spring Fling Invitational at the MHC Turf & Track, the Warriors bested eight of the other nine teams in the ten-team field, collecting 49 more points than third-place host Mount Holyoke. With 17 individuals contributing points in individual events, the Warriors piled up 148 points to trail only Smith College (191) in the team standings. Five different individuals chipped in with first-place finishes. Three freshmen topped the team in points: Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ), Annie Coleman (East Haven) and Savannah Johnson (Ledyard). Kriley totaled 17 points in three events, Coleman 16 in three events and Johnson 16 in two.
Individual winners in track events included senior Mariah McPhee (Bristol), juniors Haley Knox (Bristol) and Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI), and sophomore Fanta Faro (New Haven). McPhee (5:05.83) outran a field of 19 in the 1,500; Knox (2:25.28) was first among 14 in the 800; Terenzi (20:26.37) outlasted six other competitors in the 5,000; and Faro (1:01.83) topped a group of eight in the 400.
In large fields, Savannah Johnson and Coleman excelled in the sprints. Johnson was second in both the 100 (13.84) and 200 (28.46) and Coleman third in the 100 (13.84) and fifth in the 200 (29.19). The 200 was comprised of 25 runners, the 100 including 18.
Nine of Kriley's points came in the two hurdles events: she was fourth in the 400 (1:17.76) and fifth in the 100 (18.89).
Led by McPhee, Eastern recorded 20 points by claiming three of the top five spots in the 1,500. Freshmen Samara Johnson (Lebanon) and Rachel Osak (Portland) were third and fifth, respectively in the event. Johnson was timed in 5:16.04 and Osak 5:26.15.
The 4x400 relay (4:35.78) contributed eight points to the team's total with a second-place finish in a field of five. Runners included junior Kassandra Banks (Wethersfield), Knox, freshman Katherine D'Orvilliers (Middlefield) and junior Rachel Berkowsky (Stoughton, MA).
Sophomore Brianna Starkey (Columbia) took the team's only first place in field events with a height of 8-6 1/4 as she totaled ten of the team's 29 points in the field events.
Kriley chipped in eight of her meet-high total of 17 points with a second-place finish in the high jump (4-11 ¾) and Coleman picked up six of her 16 points with third place in the pole vault (8-0 ½).
Eastern hosts its annual invitational Friday at 2 p.m., with this year's field including Bridgewater State University, Franklin Pierce University, Wheelock College, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.