HADLEY, MA -- Colby will host the 2014 NESCAC Track & Field Championships on Saturday, April 26 at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville, Maine. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.
A live webcast of the NESCAC Track & Field Championships can be seen on Northeast Sports Network and by clicking HERE.
The Tufts women will be seeking to retain the title they won a year ago while the Williams College Ephs will be out to win their 21st NESCAC title. Last year the second through fourth place women's teams were separated by less than nine points as Middlebury (117.50) edged Colby (109.50) and Williams (109) for a runner-up finish.
Eph head coach Nate Hoey noted, "Middlebury and Tufts are both very good teams. They have strong upfront scoring power and tremendous depth across all the event groups."
The Eph team also boasts some serious scoring
threats. First-years Candice Dyce
(Cambria Heights, N.Y.) and Chloe Rogers
(Denver, Colo.) are currently ranked second and third in the triple
jump and first-year Alyza
Ngbokoli (Yonkers, N.Y.) is making some noise in the 400m
In the 100m hurdles sophomore Grace Weatherall (Ipswich, Mass.) is seeded third. Senior captain Brianne Mirecki (East Lyme, Conn.) is seeded second and in the steeplechase, while senior Kaleigh Kenny (Glen Rock, N.J.) leads the pack in the 5,000 meters followed by senior teammate Shayna Barbash (Bethesda, Md.).
The Ephs will look to senior captain Amina Avril (Decatur, Ga.) for points in the hammer throw, discuss and shot put. Avril owns the top seeds in both the hammer throw and the discus and is tied with Wesleyan's Sierra Livious for the top shot put effort this spring.
Senior captain Jenna Adams will be looking to three-peat in the pole vault, entering as the top speed and the record holder (3.65m).
"We have a well-rounded team," added Hoey. "Our strength is in our balance across all event areas and our support for each other. In order for us to compete for the team title, we need to continue to focus on what we have been all season, and that is to focus only on what we control…our effort, attitude, and execution. The team has been training consistently all year long. We are excited about the challenge ahead this weekend."