Pair of W&M women's track and field athletes reach NCAAs

Two women's track and field athletes will represent William and Mary in the NCAA championships.

Tribe junior Regan Rome finished third in her heat and 10th overall in the 5,000 meters Saturday in the NCAA Eastern Preliminaries to advance in her second event after clinching a nationals berth in the 10,000 meters. Rome is the first William and Mary athlete to qualify for the national finals in two events since 1982.

William and Mary's Leia Mistowski also made the cut in the hammer throw, putting the Tribe third in the state in national qualifiers behind Virginia Tech's seven.

Rome was 10th in the 5,000 (16:28.40) and third in the 10,000 (33:38.20) while Mistowski's throw of 195 feet, 2 inches put her ninth.

The NCAA championships will be held June 8-10 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Rome will run the 10,000 on Thursday night at 10:08 p.m. and the 5,000 on Saturday at 5:25 p.m. while Mistowski will throw the hammer on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Women's lacrosse

William and Mary lacrosse assistant coach Mike Bedford is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Force, one of four teams in the United Women's Lacrosse League.

Highlighting the Force's roster is fellow William and Mary assistant coach Kara Mupo, who was the UWLX's leading scorer during the league's inaugural season last summer.

Tribe head coach Hillary Fratzke also competes in the UWLX and is currently in her second season as a player with the Long Island Sound.

Bedford recently completed his first year on the Tribe's staff and served as the team's primary goalkeeping coach.

Bedford joined the Tribe staff last summer after serving as an assistant coach at Hofstra during the prior three seasons.

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