Women’s track races to Little Three victory

Last Saturday, women’s track and field earned its 29th consecutive Little Three Championship victory, scoring 150 points over Wesleyan’s 119 and Amherst’s 100 after four distance runners performed well at Princeton last Friday. At Little Threes, many underclassmen had a chance to step up and help carry the team to victory. Overall, the women earned an impressive 16 new personal records on the weekend.

In the field events, co-captain Amina Avril ’14 dominated the throws, winning all three of her events. She threw 51.66 meters in the hammer throw, 12.66 meters in the shot put and 44.12 meters in the discus, a new season best for Avril. Alejandra Moran-Olivas ’17 took second in the discus with a throw of 34.38 meters and won the javelin with a convincing throw of 30.87 meters.

In the jumps, co-captain Jenna Adams ’14 cleared 3.65 meters to handily win the pole vault. Grace Weatherall ’16 earned third in the long jump with a leap of 5.32 meters. Candice Dyce ’17 and Chloe Rogers ’17 placed second and third in the triple jump, flying 11.13 and 10.88 meters, respectively, and Rogers earned second in the high jump as well, clearing 1.53 meters.

On the track, the sprinters ran several impressive races. Weatherall finished second in the 100 meter in 12.63 seconds and Kelsey Adamson ’16 took third in the 200 meter in 26.35. Alyza Ngbokoli ’17 ran strong times both in the 400-meter hurdles, winning in a time of 64.31, and in the 100-meter hurdles, taking second in a time of 15.77.

The underclassmen also dominated the competition in the distance and mid-distance events. Kathryn McNaughton ’16 was the Little Three steeplechase champion, winning in a time of 11:33.98. Maggie Peard ’17 finished fourth in the 800 in 2:21.82. In the 5k, the Ephs took first, second and third place. Emma Zehner ’17 was first in a time of 18:12.04, followed by Meg Richardson ’16 in 18:35.65 and Emily Shea ’16 in 18:35.75. In the 1500 meter, Louisa Lee ’14 took fifth with a time of 5:00.62, and co-captain Brianne Mirecki ’14 won the event in 4:48.38.

The women also ran two relays, the 4×100 and 4×400. In the 4×100, the team of Dyce, Ngbokoli, Weatherall and Adamson ran a season’s best time of 50.08, and the 4×400 team of Jessica O’Brien ’16, co-captain Annie Lynch ’14, Ngbokoli and co-captain Amanda Murashige ’14 ran a time of 3:54.60 for first place.

“This was a good team effort,” Head Coach Nate Hoey said. “We faced some challenges throughout the meet, but I am proud to see the selflessness that we exhibited across the board.”

“Saturday’s meet was an opportunity for many of us to get solid marks in before championship season really gets under way,” Avril said. “The team has been training hard all season, so NESCACs will be a great opportunity for us to execute the things we’ve worked on throughout the year.”

Last Friday, four members of the distance group competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, looking to earn qualifying times for championship season. Kaleigh Kenny ’14 and

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Shayna Barbash ’14 competed in the 5k, with Kenny finishing in 17:06.26 and Barbash in 17:16.57. Mirecki and Hannah Cole ’17 both ran impressive times in the steeplechase, with Mirecki finishing in 10:50.15 and Cole in 11:07.75.

The women will compete at the NESCAC Championship this Friday at Colby.