Women’s track takes first at NESCACs

Co-captain Dianna Mejia ’15 took sixth place in the 100 meter with a time of 12.63 last Saturday.
Co-captain Dianna Mejia ’15 took sixth place in the 100 meter with a time of 12.63 last Saturday.

Last Saturday, women’s track claimed the NESCAC outdoor track title, finishing with 170 points, ahead of second place Middlebury who claimed 98 points on the Lee Track. Each and every team member contributed to the victory, especially through an array of top-eight finishes. Starting with the 10k, Emily Sundquist ’18 finished in seventh place with a time of 37:23.31, followed by Emily Shea ’16 in eighth in 38:05.35. Later in the day, Rebecca Delacruz Gunderson ’18 also finished in seventh in the 5k, with her time of 18:15.23. Co-captain Alison Smith ’15 had an especially strong performance in this event, finishing second in an impressive 17:41.34. In the shorter distance events, Anna Harleen ’18 achieved a personal record in the 1500 meter with a time of 4:37.34 to secure her first-place finish. She was followed by Stella Worters ’18, who finished in sixth with a time of 4:45.81. In the 800 meter, Laney Teaford ’17 pulled ahead of the pack in an exciting finish to achieve the victory in 2:13.66. Yvonne Bungei ’17 finished the same race in 2:15.57 for fifth place, followed by co-captain Anna Spiers ’15 who earned sixth place in 2:17.43. Jessica O’Brien ’16 posted a third-place finish for the Ephs in the 400 meter with a time of 59.54. O’Brien came back later in the day to run the 200 meter in 26.07 for a seventh-place finish.

Co-captain Dianna Mejia ’15 also ran this time for an eighth-place finish. Mejia also scored for the Ephs in the 100 meter with her sixth-place finish in a time of 12.63. Williams also had a particularly strong showing in the hurdle events. In the 100-meter hurdles, Grace Weatherall ’16 earned a second-place finish with her time of 14.85, followed by Kate Kennedy ’18 in fourth with a time of 14.99. Later in the day, Kennedy returned to the track to win the 400-meter hurdles in 63.07, followed by Alyza Ngobokoli ’17 in fourth in 64.34 and Kayley McGonagle ’18 in fifth with a time of 1:06.82. Williams dominated in the 3k steeplechase, capturing second, third and fourth places, as Hannah Cole ’17 finished in 10:44.72, Lacey Serletti ’16 crossed the line in 10:49.24 and Elowyn Pfeiffer ’18 recorded a time of 11:18.99.

The team continued to make its presence felt in all the relay races, winning the 4×400 and 4×800 and finishing in second place in the 4×800. The 4×100 team, with Candice Dyce ’17, Kelsey Adamson ’16, Weatherall and Mejia collectively ran 48.93. O’Brien, Teaford, Ngobokoli and Kennedy ran the 4×400 in 3:53.00 for the win, The 4×800 flew to victory with Cole, Bungei, Harleen and Worters earning the well-fought victory in 9:15.23. The jumping events were also integral to the Ephs’ win. Dyce had a strong showing, coming in second in the triple jump with a 11.68-meter jump. She finished fourth in the shot put, throwing 10.69 meters, and fourth in the long jump with a jump of 5.32 meters. Weatherall also scored in the long jump, jumping 5.17 meters for a sixth-place finish. Helene Hall ’18 and McGonagle took fourth and eighth, respectively, in the high jump, with heights of 1.58 meters and 1.53 meters. Stephanie Boulger ’18 soared above the high jump in her event, the pole vault, where she finished in fourth with a jump of 3.2 meters. “I am very proud of each and every member of this team,” Head Coach Nate Hoey said. “They executed and completed at a high level this weekend. It was a tremendous overall team effort.” The Ephs saw a gratifying conclusion to a long season as they came together and strove towards their NESCAC victory. Select members of the team will continue to compete at Div. III New Englands, All New Englands, ECACs and the NCAA Championships in the upcoming weeks. Div. III New Englands will kick off on Friday.

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