Last weekend, women’s track tied for fifth at the NCAA Div. III Championships with 24 points after entering the meet at No. 7 in the nation. Men’s track sent just one runner to Nationals.
On the first day of competition, co-captain Amina Avril ’14 started off the meet for the women with an incredible personal record toss of 20.01 meters in the weight throw. Avril won the event, out-throwing all competition by over a meter and breaking her own school record by 1.50 meters. This victory was Avril’s highest finish at a national meet as well as her seventh All-American performance. Co-captain Jenna Adams ’14 also scored for Williams and earned All-American status for the third time in the pole vault. She placed third overall after clearing 3.85 meters, which was good for both a personal best indoors and a new school record. The final event on the track for the Ephs during the first day of competition was the distance medley relay. The team of co-captain Brianne Mirecki ’14, Alyza Ngbokoli ’17, Lacey Serletti ’16 and Kaleigh Kenny ’14 ran a stellar time of 11:44.82, finishing sixth. The women earned All-American status and broke their own school record.
Todd Ford ’16, the lone runner for men’s track wrapped up his indoor season on the first day, competing in the preliminary races for the mile. Unfortunately, after fighting an illness all week, Ford did not hold his pace with the pack after the first 800 meters, and finished in 4:26 for 14th-place nationally.
During the second day of competition, Mirecki competed again in the mile finals and finished fifth with
a time of 4:56.69. In the 4×400 relay, the team of co-captain Annie Lynch ’14, co-captain Amanda Murashige ’14, Dianna Mejia ’15 and Jessica O’Brien ’16 beat its seedtime, finishing in 3:51.97 to place eighth and earn All-American status. In the 3000, Serletti posted a time of 9:57.15 to finish 12th, and Kenny placed 13th with a time of 10.00.30. Candice Dyce ’17 competed in the triple jump, earning 15th place.
“I was very proud of how the team competed this weekend and throughout indoor season,” Adams said. “We were happy to get fifth place as a team and are looking forward to using a great indoor season to propel us into an even more outstanding outdoor season.”
First-year women’s Head Coach Nate Hoey was named the New England Div. III Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Men’s and women’s track and field look forward to their upcoming outdoor seasons and they will compete in their first meet on March 29 at the University of North Florida.