WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- #5 USTFCCCA ranked Williams women's track and field will travel to Springfield College this Friday and Saturday for the DIII New England Championship meet against regional powerhouses like MIT, UMass Boston, Bates, and Middlebury. All season, the Ephs have been chasing qualifying marks to represent their team at the indoor championship competition, the winter equivalent to the NESCAC outdoor championship. MIT, ranked #1 in the latest USTFCCCA Division III standings, will likely be the Ephs' toughest competitor. With two deep and evenly matched teams, the meet could come down to the final event.
Kennedy Green will look to continue her successful junior season in the short sprints, as she faces off against phenom Wadeline Jonathas from UMass Boston, the highest ranked sprinter in the nation. She will be joined by sophomores Ally Isley and Astia Innis in the 60 meter dash and, likely, sophomore Megan Powell and first-year Davis Collison in the 200. The members of the stellar 4x400 relay team should contribute in the open 400 as well, as Powell, Ella Dunn '21, Kate Kennedy '18, and Kayley McGonagle '18 look poised to score some major points in the long sprints.
Anna Passannante '20, Leah Rosenfeld '20, and Erica Barrett '21 will make a mark in the middle distance events, vying for scoring positions in the 600 meter and 800 meter run. And, after their well-run 1000 meter race at Tufts last weekend, Eliza Matt '18 and Stella Worters '18 will also bring their speed to the track in the middle distance events. They will be joined by two standout milers, perennial performer Anna Harleen '18 and breakout sophomore Audrey Rustad '20. Emily Sundquist '18, Emma Herrmann '20, Victoria Kingham '18, and Tyra Wynn '19 will show their strength in the long distance events.
In the horizontal jumps, Innis '20, Emma Egan '20, Sierra Diaz '20, Kene Odenigbo '19, Cailin Stollar '21, Sierra Loomis '20, and Izabelle Ith '21 will all take to the runway. Ith will look to continue her success in long jump, as she is ranked 2nd going in to the weekend and will also look to add points in the triple jump and 60 meter hurdles. Egan will also compete in the high jump, in which she is ranked 1st in New England. She will be joined by teammates Helene Hall '18 and Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 who have been consistently clearing high bars all season. The pole vault duo of Maggie Murphy '19 and Kelsie Hao '21 will face off against a strong vault squad from MIT.
On Friday, Thomas and Caitlin Ubl '19 will compete in the pentathlon, the only event being contested on the first day of competition. They are ranked 1-2 going into the weekend and hope to start the Ephs off strong with substantial day one points.
Head Coach Nate Hoey said, "The Indoor New England championship meet is always a fun and exciting event. New England is arguably the strongest region in the country, so it is a very competitive meet across all event areas. We are really looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to compete against some of the best." The action will commence at Springfield College at 2:15pm.