Bradbury Leads Wellesley Track & Field With PR at NE DIII Indoor Championships

Maya Bradbury set a PR in the 3000m (Frank Poulin).
Maya Bradbury set a PR in the 3000m (Frank Poulin).

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- After collecting qualifying marks throughout the season, eight members of the Wellesley College track & field team represented the Blue on Saturday at the New England Division III Indoor Championships. First year Maya Bradbury (Freeport, Maine) set a PR in the 3000m to lead the Blue.

Bradbury was 11th in the 3000m with a time of 10:28.99, topping her prevous top-time of 10:33.65 set at this year's Tufts Cupid Challenge. 

Sophomore Grace Cowles (Yarmouth, Maine) finished with the top place for the Blue, just missing out on all-region honors with a tenth place finish in the mile. Cowles finished in 5:13.14 to lead the Blue in the event. Junior Eva Paradiso (Burlington, Vt.) followed Cowles in 17th place with a time of 5:24.88. Cowles and Paradiso also represented the Blue in the 4 x 800m relay, teamming with sophomore Ava Shipman (Makawao, Hawaii) and junior Elizabeth Wegman (East Sandwich, Mass.). The Blue team finished 18th overall in 10:11.99. 

In the field, senior Helen Andersen (Madison, N.J.) took 13th in the shot put and 16th in the weight throw. Andersen's top mark in the shot came on her final attempt (11.09). In the weight throw, Andersen's top toss was 13.51m on her first attempt. 

Senior Cathy Chen (Parsippany, N.J.) and first year Ava Yokanovich (Stillwater, Minn.) were the final two competitors for the Blue, taking part in the 60m Hurdles and the 400m, respectively. Chen finished 21st (9.79) in the hurdles and Yokanovich was 19th (1:02.10) in the 400m.

Saturday's meet concludes the outdoor season for the Blue. The team will return to action on March 22-23 at the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.