Women’s track dominates Farley invite

Women’s track enjoyed its first home meet on the new track last weekend, honoring former head coach Dick Farley at the Dick Farley Invitational. Alumni and athletes brought high energy to honor coach Farley and to put on some great athletic performances. track1

The 3000-meter steeplechase was the first running event the Ephs contested. Hannah Cole ’17 led from start to finish and ran 10:54.62. Victoria Kingham ’18 also came out and ran 11:17.84 in her first-ever steeplechase. Emily Sundquist ’18 and Stella Worters ’18 also made their steeplechase debuts and finished in 11:46.14 and 11:58.74, respectively.

In the 1500 meter, Laney Teaford ’17 cruised to a win in 4:44.86. Yvonne Bungei ’17 finished second in 4:51:51. In the 800 meter, co-captain Anna Spiers ’15 ran away from the field to win it in 2:19.32. Ellowyn Pfeiffer ’18 was third overall in 2:22.45.

Alyza Ngbokoli ’17 was also a winner in her event, claiming victory in the 400-meter hurdles in 64.28 seconds.

Lydia Graham ’18 and Ashley Graves ’15 contested the 200 meter for the Ephs. Graham finished in 27.72 seconds, and Graves finished in 27.80 seconds.

The 5000 meter featured co-captain Alison Smith ’15 and Lacey Serletti ’16, setting the tone for the race by running 17:37.46 and 17:39.47, respectiely.

The Ephs also won the 4×400 meter relay. The team consisted of Gancedo, Ngbokoli, Kayley McGonagle ’17 and Teaford, and finished in 4:00.80.

McGonagle won the high jump with a 1.59-meter jump, Helene Hall ’18 took second in 1.54 meters. Stephanie Boulger ’18 won the pole vault with a 2.90-meter vault.

On April 4, the women competed in the UC San Diego Invite, where they finished fourth in a field of nine teams. Only two other teams were competing at the Div. III level.

Ngbokoli and Serletti triumphed in their events for first-place finishes.

Anna Harleen ’18 and Cole took the 1500 meter event by storm, finishing second and third respectively. Harleen ran a 4:39.48. Cole followed closely behind, finishing in 4:40.

At the Point Loma Invitational at Nazarene University on March 28, the Ephs were fourth in a field of 14.

“We got in some quality training and also had plenty of time for relaxation and team bonding activities,” Smith said. “Both meets both presented great opportunities to get qualifying marks for NESCAC’s and other championship meets. ”

Dianna Meija ’15, Grace Weatherall ’16, Jessica O’Brien ’16 and Ngbokoli completed the 4×100 in 49.42. The team of Dyce, Graham, Adamson and Pitmon ran it in 51.33.

Kingham  won the 1500 meter in 4:38.14. Serletti also ran an impressive 4:44.81.

The 800 meter featured stellar performances from both the longer middle distance and the short distance women’s team. Teaford finished second overall in 2:14.6,9 while Harleen took third place in 2:15.19.

The 4×400 relay featured four teams from Williams, the first two coming in second and fifth.

Over in the field events, Pitmon took seventh in the high jump with a 1.57-meter jump. Weatherall took seventh in the long jump with a 5.20-meter jump and was closely followed by Dyce, who took ninth with 5.09 meters.

The women next run at Princeton on Friday and then again on Saturday against Springfield College.