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Women Cruise to First At Home against Vermont, Middlebury

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's track & field team took to the Memorial Field track for the first and only time this season with its lone home meet of 2012 Saturday afternoon.

The women literally ran away with the team score, besting Vermont and Middlebury with 94 team points. The Catamounts took second with 55, while the Panthers were third with 42. In limited action, Brandeis earned three points.

"I think it's good to have days like today where we are familiar with the settings and the kids got to sleep in their own beds the night before they competed," head coach Sandy Ford-Centonze said. "Mentally I think it's a good atmosphere to be at home once in while.

"Vermont and Middlebury are always great to compete against, because they really get up for this meet and never back down, which pushes us. That makes us compete harder against one another as well, and you can see that in several events today that the top spots are all Dartmouth athletes," Ford-Centonze continued.

The top six places in the shot put looked like a Big Green roster sheet as Dartmouth dominated the field. Junior Emmaline Berg led the contingent, besting her five teammates directly behind her in the standings with a 44-10.25/13.67m throw.

Freshman Kristel Estella narrowly edged out Vermont's Michele Langone with a 26.49 (-0.4) in the 200 meters to take first. Estella also claimed victory in the 100 meters, running a 13.20 (-1.3).

Like Estella, sophomore Megan Krumpoch earned a first-place finish, taking the top spot in the 400 meters in 57.17, nearly a second fasert than the next-best competitor.

"I'm happy for Megan. I wanted her to relax today after and I thought she had fun out there today in those races."

Sophomore Arianna Vailas fought back to win the 800 meters as well despite being passed late in the race. She eventually regained the lead and won in 2:11.86 with teammate Kaitlyn D'Orazio taking second in 2:13.86.

"We have a marathon schedule coming up and I think that the student-athletes and the coaches know that we have to be smart in who runs when so that we are fresh for what's ahead of us," Ford-Centonze remarked.

Two meets will start that marathon schedule next weekend as part of the team will head to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut Calif., while other members will go back to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational. The California meet begins Thursday, while those running at Princeton will be competition on Friday.