Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's indoor track and field team will open the 2017-18 season at the Smith College Snowflake Invitational in Northampton, Mass. this Saturday, December 2. Under the direction of Head Coach George Suitor (26th season), Trinity returns a large group of talented veterans that aim to build of the success of last year. The Bantams will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament at its newly-renovated outdoor venue in late April.
"We have had a very good pre-season and should continue to improve as we did a year ago," said Suitor. The commitment in the weigth room has been outstanding and I am excited to see what we can do."
Trinity sophomore Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) returns as one of New England's top sprinters, after earning All-NESCAC and All-New England honors a year ago. Marlow-Benedick is joined by Morgan Hallow (Charlotte, N.C.), a junior who joined the team last January, and sophomore Katie Lazur (East HAnover, N.H.) in the Bantam sprints. The trio was three-fourths of last spring's All-New England 4x100-meter relay team. Senior Molly Ryan (Stratham, N.H.) is back to cap off her solid career in the 400 meters, and first-year Emma Buckley (Hanover, Mass.) should add to even more potential to this group.
In the distance events, Trinity has a deep list of six high-caliber competitors. Seniors Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.) comes off an outstanding final cross country season, and provides leadership along with dependable classmate Hannah Ells (Amesbury, Mass.). Sophomores Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.) both came on strong over the latter half of the 2017 cross country campaign. Two Bantam juniors will have an immediate impact in the distance events, as Lauren Barrett (Peabody, Mass.) makes her academic-year debut this weekend after missing the cross country season with an injury, and Caroline Sullivan (South Hadley, Mass.) should boost the squad when she returns in January from a semester abroad. Sullivan has scored at New Englands in the 10,000 meters and both Barrett and Sullivan teamed with Barnes in an All-New England relay foursome as freshmen.
Junior Abbey Allardi (Reading, Mass.) has shown promise in the multi-events, while sophomore Katherine Bullock (Neddick, Maine) and first-year Samantha March (Glastonbury, Conn.) are both exciting young Bantam jumpers. Trinity is counting on significant points in the spring season when sophomore basketball players Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) and Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) join the squad. Kabari was the NESCAC Championship Runner-Up as a rookie last spring, and Walsh just missed All-NESCAC honors with a fourth-place finish in the conference meet. Sophomore Morgan Carpenter (Scarborough, Maine) has also displayed the potential to finish high in several throwing events.