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Krystina Choinski '15 leads the Hamilton College women's indoor track & field program into 2013-14. Choinski finished third in the 1,000-meter run at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III championships last season and earned all-conference honors for both of those performances. Pole vaulter Hannah Jaiven '14 will join the indoor roster for the first time. Jaiven holds the Hamilton women's outdoor record in the pole vault at 3.54 meters (11 feet, 7.25 inches). Sarah Ohanesian '14 and Adrian Walsh '16 are fresh off their appearances at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Ohanesian was studying abroad last spring and did not compete. Muriel Schwinn '13, who holds program records in the 55- and 60-meter dash and the long jump, and high jump record-setter Agne Jakubauskaite '13 graduated in May.

Hamilton hosts meets on campus at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The facility received major renovations in the summer of 2010, including a state-of-the-art Mondo FX surface that rivals any program in Division III. The Continentals host invitationals on January 25 and February 15 this year. Student-athletes may qualify for the NYSCTC championships, the ECAC Division III championships and the NCAA Division III championships. The 2014 national meet is at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Hamilton also travels to invitationals at Colgate University, Cornell University, SUNY Brockport and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Emily Heckman '13 was part of a 4x800-meter relay that finished first at the 2012 NYSCTC championships and earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Heckman made the 2012 ECAC all-conference team based on that same relay's performance at the ECAC championships. Schwinn finished second in the long jump at the NYSCTC meet and made the all-conference team. She was selected to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track and Field/Cross Country team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Schwinn enjoyed a remarkable rookie season in 2010 when she set three team records. She was voted the Liberty League's rookie of the year after she finished first in the 55 meters and second in the long jump and helped Hamilton win the 4x200-meter relay at the league championships. She went on to earn NYSCTC all-conference honors for taking third place in the 55 meters and long jump at the championship meet. In 2011, Schwinn finished third in the 55 and 200 meters at the NYSCTC meet.

Long and triple jump standout Akilah Bond '09 earned All-America honors for finishing seventh in the triple jump at the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division III championships. Bond just missed a third All-America award in 2008 when she ended up ninth in the triple jump at the NCAA meet. She holds program records in the triple jump and as part of a 4x200-meter relay with Alexandra Americanos '10, Liz Wahl '10 and Danica Wuelfing '10. Schwinn broke Bond's long jump record in 2010. Bond was voted the Liberty League's rookie of the year in 2006 and was a co-field performer of the year selection in 2007.

Bond is the second All-American in team history. Maggie Hanson '02 was a two-time All-American in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter run. Hanson became the first female national champion in Hamilton College athletics history in 2001 when she won the 5,000 meters at the NCAA championships. She earned All-America honors in 2000 in the 1,500 meters and racked up a total of nine All-America awards between cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. She is simply the best distance runner in program history. Amanda Chase '03 qualified for the 2003 NCAA championships in the 800 meters. Hamilton has scored team points at the NCAA championships four times, and the Continentals won a Liberty League indoor title in 2000.

The program is about more than just athletic performance as academic excellence is also important to head coach Ellen Hull. A total of 13 student-athletes made the 2012-13 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, and the Continentals received USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Track and Field Team honors for the second straight year. In 2013, Schwinn and Jakubauskaite were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Jakubauskaite wrapped up last season by being selected to the 2013 Division III Academic All-America Team for women's track & field/cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).