Cambridge, MA— In the midst of finals period, a contingent of Ephs boarded a van to MIT to chase National Championship qualifying marks. The top 22 women in each event will travel to Ohio next week, and going into this meet, many athletes found themselves "on the bubble," just in or outside the top 22. Leaving academic pressures behind on campus, the few athletes wearing the Williams singlet competed with grit and heart, many eking out season bests and qualifying marks.
Megan Powell continued her extraordinarily successful freshman year in the long sprints, running 56.73 seconds for 2nd in the 400 meter dash. Leading the small field and pushing herself to a fast finish, Elowyn Pfeiffer '18 ran the 3000 meter steeplechase in 11:37.57.
A pair of Ephs finished 1-2 in the 400 meter hurdles. Senior Alyza Ngbokoli ran 1:03.12 for 2nd, just missing a personal best. Kayley McGonagle finished 1st in the same event, and her personal best performance by almost half a second came at an opportune time. With a blazing fast 1:02.18, the junior sits in 17th place in the NCAA and has punched her ticket to Ohio. A DMR indoor All-American in 2016, it will be her first time competing individually at Nationals.
Senior Yvonne Bungei had an excellent effort in the 800 meters, continuing her trend of cutting seconds off her personal best with every race. She placed 4th with a stunning 2:11.81 that puts her 20th in the NCAA and secures her a spot at Nationals.
Another senior had a breakout performance under the lights in Cambridge, as Chloe Rogers smashed her personal best in the long jump with a 5.78 meter leap to take 1st in the competition. Rogers is currently ranked 22nd in the NCAA and will also compete at Nationals in the triple jump.
The Ephs will contest their final meet of the season next week at the Spire Institute in Ohio. They will enter the competition ranked 3rd behind Washington University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.