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A Winning Track Record

A Winning Track RecordTufts junior Jessica Trombly outpaced the competition to win five events in one day at the New England Division III indoor track and field championships. Brunswick, Maine.

Boston [03.05.03] At the New England Track and Field Championships, Tufts' Jessica Trombly wasn't just sprinting around the track - she was also racing between events. A heptathlete on Tufts' track and field team, the junior runner competed in five different events, winning every one.

"Jessica Trombly of Tufts would have put the Energizer bunny to shame," reported the Boston Globe, which profiled the Tufts track star.

Trombly - a liberal arts student majoring in economics - won the 200-meter, 400-meter, 55-meter hurdles, long jump and was the anchor leg for the victorious 4x400 Jumbo team.

"Just competing in five events during one day is amazing," Kristen Morwick - Tufts women's track and field coach - told the Globe. "Winning all five of them blows my mind."

Trombly isn't just a track star at Tufts. A soccer player, she was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2001 when she was a freshman.

"She came into college with a little of everything," Morwick said of Trombly, who went to high school in Nashua, N.H. "She was a solid sprinter, and we converted her to a heptathlete."

With her strong performance, Trombly helped Tufts take second place at the February 22nd championships - earning 42.5 of the team's 101 points.

She earned some of these points with the help of teammates Emily Bersin, Rachel Bloom, and Sika Henry in the 4x400 relay.

"With 100 meters to go, Jess pulled away to clinch the win," Morwick told the Globe.

Competing in five events left the Tufts athlete racing from one place to another. After taking an unexpected victory in the long jump - with a personal best of 17 feet and 7.5 inches - Trombly rushed to the starting line for the 55-meter hurdles.

"She was still putting on her sprinting spikes when the other girls were getting in the blocks," Morwick told the Globe.

Though the number of events left little time for Trombly to catch her breath, it was all in a day's work for the Tufts athlete.

"Coach was a little frantic," Trombly told the Globe. "But it worked out OK."

 

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