Women’s track and field earns silver at Div. III New Englands

In a close meet that came down to the final event, women’s track and field placed second at the Div. III New England Championship on Friday and Saturday.

From the start of the field events to the last lap of the 4×800 meter relay, the women, showing their speed, strength and heart, battled with No. 1 MIT for the team title. MIT scored 149 points to win, the women scored 140 to earn second and Bates, Middlebury and Tufts each scored 62 in a three-way tie for third.

On Friday, two Ephs competed in the pentathlon. Caitlin Ubl ’19 had a personal best in high jump, leaping 1.49 meters. She placed 11th with 2761 points. Summer-Solstice Thomas ’20 continued her successful indoor season and jumped to a personal best of 1.70 meters in high jump en route to a third-place finish. In her second pentathlon ever, she ran a gutsy 800 meter to end the day, earning a personal best of 2:28.06 and 3203 total points.

The next day, Chloe Rogers ’17 and co-captain Candice Dyce ’17 each jumped 5.54 meters to tie for second in the long jump. The duo went on to place first and third in the triple jump with personal bests. Dyce jumped 12.07 meters and Rogers jumped 12.05 meters, each surpassing the 12-meter barrier for the first time. Emma Egan ’20 and Helene Hall ’18 both cleared 1.70 meters and tied for first in the high jump. After a third-place finish in the pentathlon, Thomas jumped 1.61 meters for fifth place in the same event.

In the throwing circle, Alejandra Moran ’17 threw the weight 14.51 meters for eighth place. Katie Loftus ’19 capped off the impressive field event performances with a personal best in the pole vault. She cleared 3.40 meters to finish eighth.

The distance medley relay was the first running event of the day, and the team of Stella Worters ’18, Anna Fitch ’19, Katie Spence ’18 and Maggie Peard ’17 started the women off strong with a third-place finish in a time of 12:25.26. Worters also ran the 1000 meter in a fast and strategic race and crossed the line in 3:06.69 to place eighth. Co-captain Laney Teaford ’17 held off a kicking MIT runner with her ferocious finish, running 2:57.16 for first place.

The sprinting events began with the 60 meter dash. Kennedy Green ’19 ran a personal best of 7.86 seconds for third place, breaking the school record by .08 seconds. Megan Powell ’20 continued the Eph sprinting success. In the 400 meter, Powell ran a personal best of 57.98 seconds for second and continued on to finish sixth in the 200 meter in 26.16 seconds.

Anna Harleen ’18 also scored in two individual events; she ran 5:04.50 for third place in the mile and came back to place fourth in a fast 3000 meter, finishing in 10:13.32.

In the 5000 meter, a trio of Ephs worked together to score a combined 18 points. Emma Zehner ’17 ran 17:47.66 for second place and helped push Emma Herrmann ’20 to a personal best time of 17:52.26. Herrmann pulled away from a surging competitor in the final lap of the 25-lap race with a blistering kick to finish third. Victoria Kingham ’18 ran a gritty race and finished fifth with a time of 17:58.23.

The Ephs lined the final turn of the track to cheer on their teammates in the final two events of the day: the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays. All the competing athletes had already run at least one event earlier in the meet and showed their strength by turning in stellar performances to end the day. Co-captain Alzya Ngbokoli ’17, Sierra Loomis ’20, Powell and Denver Williams ’19 finished second in the 4×400 meter relay with a combined time of 4:00.45. Peard, Anna Passannante ’20, Spence and Teaford ran a time of 9:40.35 in the 4×800 relay to claim sixth.

Although the women came up just short of the win, they competed with tenacity, putting constant pressure on MIT.

“The team competed with tremendous effort from event one to event 21 this weekend,” Head Coach Nate Hoey said. “We supported each other and showed resilience in the face of adversity and fought to the very end. We are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”