Track & Field's Asare, Narvaez Break School Records at Tufts Winter Invitational

Abena Asare/Isabella Narvaez
Abena Asare/Isabella Narvaez

MEDFORD, Mass. — Wellesley College track & field first year Abena Asare (Berlin, N.J.) broke a pair of school records to lead the Blue at the 2015 Tufts Winter Invitational on Saturday. 

Asare started her day by breaking her own school record in the high jump. After establishing the Blue's all-time mark of 1.55m at December's UMass Boston Invitational, Asare set the bar higher with a mark of 1.57m, finishing fourth in the event. Asare then went on to win the long-jump competition, setting a new Wellesley school record with her score of 4.96m. 

Asare amassed a total of 15 of the Blue's 48 points on the day, as Wellesley's team finished in seventh place out of 15 in the competition. Division II Stonehill (139.50 points) and UMass Lowell (108) took the top-two spots, followed by host Tufts (74), Conn. College (58), Division II Merrimack (54.50), UMass Dartmouth (51) and the Blue. 

In all, the Blue recorded six top-five scores, while sophomore Isabella Narvaez (Greenwich, Conn.) also entered the Wellesley record book, breaking the 60 meter dash school record in the preliminary rounds of the event. Narvaez finished in the top-10 overall in the 60 meter dash with the ninth fastest time of 8.24.

Narvaez later recorded a top-five time in the 400 meter dash, clocking in at 1:00.92 to earn the Blue five points in the event. She also recorded the Blue's best time in the 200 meter dash, finishing 11th overall with a mark of 27.24. 

In the 800 meter run, junior Sharon Ng (Sunnyvale, Calif.) finished just over a second and a half behind Lowell's Kathryn Loughane, recording the fastest Division III time in the event to take second with a mark of 2:26.08. 

Senior Taylor Bickford (Limington, Maine) and sophomore Mary Keenan (Boerne, Texas) both recorded top-five times in the 3000 meter run. Bickford took third with her mark of 10:30.16 while Keenan finished fifth with a time of 10:34.27.  

The Blue will return to action next Saturday at Smith College's Beynon Invitational. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM in Northampton, Mass.