Women’s track and field had several strong performances at the NEICAAA Championships hosted by Boston University last Saturday. The Ephs were striving for qualifying times and
marks for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
In the field events, co-captain Jenna Adams ’14 was the first Eph to compete in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 11’ 11.75”, which earned her fifth place. Though this performance was not a season best for Adams, she remains sixth on the NCAA Div. III national qualifying list. Candice Dyce ’17 placed 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 37’ 5”. Again, though this was not her best jump of the season, she is still ranked fourth on the national qualifying list.
In the individual events on the track, co-captain Brianne Mirecki ’14 finished fourth in the mile with an impressive time of 4:55.47. Kaleigh Kenny ’14, Lacey Serletti ’16 and Alison Smith ’15 all competed in the 3000 meter. Kenny’s time of 9:43.36 landed her in third place, and Serletti’s performance earned her fifth with a time of 9:49.39. The performances from Mirecki, Kenny and Serletti solidified each of their spots on the national qualifying list.
Some of the most outstanding performances of the meet came from the women in the relays. The team of Mirecki, Serletti, Kenny and Alyza Ngbokoli ’17 set a new school record of 11:46.25 in the distance medley relay, placing fourth in the meet and earning a fourth-place spot on the national qualifying list. In the 4×800, the team of Maggie Peard ’17, Yvonne Bungei ’17, Kathryn McNaughton ’16 and Elise Pitmon ’16 placed seventh with their season best time of 9:19.45. Finally, the women in the 4×400 bettered their time for a fifth-place spot on the national qualifying list. Dianna Mejia ’15, Jessica O’Brien ’16, co-captain Annie Lynch ’14 and co-captain Amanda Murashige ’14 competed extremely well to finish seventh in 3:52.57.
“There are different schedules for many as we head towards Nationals. We’re
sticking with our mantra for the year and taking things one day at a time,” co-captain Amina Avril ’14 said. “We’re all super excited to culminate a great indoor season with Nationals in Nebraska later this month.”
The women’s last chance to qualify for Nationals will be at the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Thursday and the ECAC Championship on Saturday.