Rookies Dollins, Piccirillo-Horan lead Brandeis women at Dartmouth Relays

Women's distance runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships
Women's distance runners at the NCAA Cross Country Championships

The women's indoor track and field team started the new year off on the front foot at the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H., yesterday. Four runners cracked the top 10 in the Judges' first meet of 2014, as Brandeis tied for eighth place, third among Division III schools.

Rookie Ashley Piccirillo-Horan (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) placed fifth in the 800-meter race in her first collegiate track meet. Piccirillo-Horan's time of 2:25.86 qualified her for the New England Division III Championships, and was the 18th-fastest time in Division III so far this season.

Fellow rookie Maddie Dollins (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and senior Victoria Sanford (Andover, N.Y./Andover) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3000 meter with times of 10:26.37 and 10:27.09. Dollins and Sanford were the second and third fastest D3 competitors and easily qualified for both the New England and ECAC Championships. They currently rank 10th and 11th in all of Division III.

Sophomore Kelsey Whitaker (Kingston, Mass./Notre Dame Acad.) also cracked the top 10. She placed ninth in the mile with a time of 5:19.95, a New England Championships-qualifying time. Sophomore Molly Paris (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) and rookie Lydia McCaleb (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) finished in 31st and 32nd in the mile, respectively.

Overall, the Judges earned 12 points, eighth best of the 15 schools competing. Dartmouth won the meet with 140.5 points, while Williams was the top Division III school, finishing fourth with 44 points. The Judges' result was especially impressive considering they had just six runners competing in one event each.

The women's team is back in action on Saturday, when they will travel to Harvard for the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational.