Women’s track triumphs at NESCAC Championships

Last Saturday, women’s track earned a decisive victory at the NESCAC Championship meet hosted at Colby by defeating Tufts, last year’s NESCAC champions, by 53 points. The Ephs competed well in all areas, with the senior class stepping up to lead the team to its win.

Co-captain Amina Avril ’14 led the team in the throws, earning an impressive 30 points for the Ephs and winning each of her three events. She threw a personal best of 13.44 meters in the shot put, and had outstanding throws in the discus, with 39.18 meters, and the hammer throw, with 55.25 meters, as well. Co-captain Jenna Adams ’14 also performed well in her event, the pole vault, taking second place after clearing a height of 3.65 meters. Chloe Rogers ’17 and Candice Dyce ’17 both had strong showings in the jumps. Rogers took third in the high jump, clearing 1.57 meters, and fifth in the triple jump, leaping 10.73 meters. Dyce earned fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 10.87 meters.

The seniors stepped up on the track as well, with several stellar performances by co-captain Annie Lynch ’14 and co-captain Amanda Murashige ’14 in the sprints. Lynch won the 200-meter in a time of 25.29 and placed second in the 100 meter finals in 12.39 after having set a personal record of 12.36 seconds in the prelims. She also competed in two relays, the 4×100 and 4×400. The 4×100 team of Murashige, Lynch, Grace Weatherall ’16 and Jessica O’Brien ’16 ran a time of 48.16 to take second, and the 4×400 team of O’Brien, Murashige, Lynch and Dianna Mejia ’15 dominated the race and took first with a time of 3:54.04. Murashige also won the 400 meter in an impressive time of 57.88.

Several underclassmen ran strong races in the sprints as well, with Alyza Ngbokoli ’17 taking second in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 64.04. Weatherall also set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, earning a third place finish in 15.03. O’Brien took sixth in the 400 meter and seventh in the 200 meter with times of 58.66 and 26.43, respectively.

In the distance events, co-captain Brianne Mirecki ’14 earned an impressive third place finish in the 1500 meter, despite losing a shoe partway through the race, and finished in a time of 4:39.34. She also finished sixth in the 800 meter in 2:16.64. Kaleigh Kenny ’14 competed in the 1500 meter with Mirecki and took sixth in 4:44.56. Shayna Barbash ’14 ran a stellar race in her first-ever 10k, finishing in a time of 34:41.80 and placing second. Both Hannah Cole ’17 and Kathryn McNaughton ’16 ran personal record times in the steeplechase, with Cole finishing second in 10:59.18 and McNaughton finishing sixth in 11:23.96. Lacey Serletti ’16 ran an impressive time of 17:36.97 in the 5k, finishing second, while Emma Zehner ’17 took eighth in a personal record time of 17:55.00. Finally, the 4×800 team of Cole, Meg Richardson ’16, Maggie Peard ’17 and Kenny placed second in 9:31.04.

“We knew exactly what we had to do to come away with the title and we accomplished that by executing what we’d practiced,“ Avril said.

The women next compete on Friday and Saturday at the Div. III New England meet at Springfield.