Women’s track and field clinches fifth straight NESCAC Championship

On Saturday, No. 3 women’s track and field scored 200 points at the NESCAC Championship to take top honors in the conference.

The Ephs traveled to Hartford, Conn. and competed at Trinity’s Jessee-Miller Field. Under a cloudy sky, Emma Hermann ’20 started the Ephs off with a stellar 1000m, covering the 25-lap distance in 36:40.61. Hermann battled with a competitor from Hamilton through most of the race but clinched the runner-up finish on the final straightaway. Sarah Tully ’21 earned seventh place in her first 1000m, outkicking two competitors in the final 100 meters to score at her first ever conference championship meet. Victoria Kingham ’18 continued the Ephs’ success on the track, running a six-second personal best in the 3000m steeplechase, crossing the line in 10:48.94 to handily win the event. Co-captain Emily Sundquist ’18 made several recoveries to finish in 11:21.73 for fifth, and Emily Harris ’19 finished in a personal best of 11:32.96 for eighth.

For a change of pace, the team of Kennedy Green ’19, Megan Powell ’20, Izabelle Ith ’21 and Ally Isley ’20 took to the track for the 4x100m relay. The quartet crossed the line in a season-best time of 48.23 seconds for third place.

Ith went on to win the long jump with a huge leap of 5.62 meters. She was followed in the long jump by Astia Innis ’20 in fourth at 5.30 and Kelsie Hao ’21, who reached 5.28 for fifth. The Ephs also excelled in the triple jump. Sierra Diaz ’20 had an enormous personal best of 11.48 meters for first place, Kene Odenigbo ’19 leapt 10.94 for fifth, Cailin Stollar ’21 hit a mark of 10.87 for sixth and Ith jumped 10.86 to finish in seventh.

Back on the track, Stella Worters ’18 ran a personal best of 4:36.42 in the 1500m, placing sixth in a highly competitive field. Powell placed second in the 400m with a time of 57.66 and was followed by Davis Collison ’21 in fifth with a time of 58.44. Powell also ran a sixth-place 200m with a personal-best time of 25.31. Green was the first athlete from Williams to cross the line in the 200m, placing fifth with a time of 25.15. Green also took top honors in the 100m, clocking 12.13 to win by over a 10th of a second. Isley ran 12.68 for eighth place. In the finals of the 100m hurdles, Ith led the Ephs with a huge personal best of 14.56 for third. Caitlin Ubl ’19 also hit a personal best with her fourth place finish in 15.02. Kate Kennedy ’18 clocked 15.39 for sixth.

In the 800m, Anna Passannante ’20 ran a season-best time of 2:12.96 for second. Kennedy sprinted to a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles with a speedy 1:01.66. Co-captain Kayley McGonagle ’18 finished third in 1:03.49, and Sierra Loomis ’20 crossed the line in 1:07.00 for fifth.

Meanwhile, in the high jump, co-captain Helene Hall ’18 completed a dramatic comeback, defending her NESCAC title with a leap of 1.69 meters. Emma Egan ’20 was right on her heels with a leap of 1.64 meters in second place. In the pole vault, Hao delivered an incredible performance, clearing 3.70 for the first time. Maggie Murphy ’19 clinched third with a leap of 3.40.

In the throws, Morgan Dauk ’21 impressively heaved the javelin 35.31 meters to earn seventh place. Lauren Crist ’20 threw 34.88 meters in the discus to also place seventh. Audrey Rustad ’20 closed out the individual events with a gutsy 5000m performance, taking the lead with 450 meters to go and eventually finishing third with a time of 17:19.74.

The 4x400m relay of McGonagle, Kennedy, Collison and Powell finished third with a time of 3:55.30. The 4x800m relay took second, bolstered by a solid start from co-captain Anna Harleen ’18, consistently strong legs from Worters and Eliza Matt ’18 and a great finish by Passannante. Their combined time was 9:16.21.

“NESCACs was a great meet with some huge [personal records], season bests  and gritty performances,” Harleen mentioned.

The Ephs ended the day with a sum total of 200 points. This weekend, the women will travel to MIT to compete at the Div. III New England Championship.

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