Women’s track and field claims third Div. III New England title

Cailin Stollar

Emma Egan ’20 won first place in the high jump event at the Div. III New England Championship. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Women’s track and field won its third consecutive Div. III New England Championship last Friday and Saturday, finishing with a total of 159 points. MIT, the women’s biggest rival, came in second place with 96.50 points, while Tufts took third with 88 points.

“An awesome full-team effort,” head coach Nate Hoey said. “In every way the team competed with heart, passion and intensity from event No. 1 through event No. 21.”

Day One began with the 5000m. Sarah Tully ’21 finished third with a time of 17:24 while Eva Borton ’23 finished fourth with a time of 17:34. 

The next event was the distance medley relay. The Eph team comprised  Brianna Bourne ’21, Megan Powell ’20, Abby Scott ’22 and Anna Passannante ’20. The Ephs took first with a time of 11:52.31. In the  4x200m relay, Davis Collison ’21, Scarlet Rusch ’23, Claudia Iannelli ’23 and Ally Isley ’20 set a new school record and won the event.

In the pole vault,  Kelsie Hao ’21 cleared 3.60 meters for second place while Cristina Young ’22 cleared 3.35 meters and took eighth. 

In the final event, Summer-Solstice Thomas ’20 represented the Ephs for the women’s pentathlon. Thomas finished all five events at a steady and consistent pace to secure second place with 3250 points. 

On Day Two, the Ephs continued their momentum with the 60m dash. Kiara Tan ’22 finished in 7.85 seconds for third place. In the 200m,  Powell finished in 25.94 seconds, a new personal best, to secure third place. 

The Ephs’ 4x400m relay team — Collison, Iannelli, Rusch and Ella Dunn ’21 —  won the event with a facility record. In the 400m sprint, Powell crossed the finish line in 57.30 seconds, taking second place while Collison and Dunn came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the 3000m, Bourne  finished first with a facility record and personal best of 9:55. 

In the high jumps, three Ephs finished within the top ten. Emma Egan ’20 tied for first with a height of 1.75 meters. She eventually won the tense jump-off to take first place. Summer-Solstice Thomas ’20 had a personal best height of 1.65 meters to place fifth. 

The Ephs dominated the long jump, sweeping second through sixth place. Izabelle Ith ’21 led the squad at second place and a distance of 5.47 meters. Egan came in third with a jump of 5.42 meters. Tan and Kristen Chou ’23 both had their personal best jumps of 5.40 meters, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Finally, Hao finished in sixth with a jump of 5.38 meters. 

Mazie Alexander ’21 had a strong weight throw with a personal best of 15.92 meters, earning fourth place. 

“They supported each other and brought great energy all weekend,” Hoey said. “I’m proud of how this team has focused on embracing and enjoying the ride and being in the moment.” 

The women’s will next compete at the Tuft’s Last Chance Meet in Boston on Mar. 7 at 10 a.m.  

Cailin Stollar ’21 is a member of the women’s track and field team.