Women's Track and Field Starts Well at NCAA Championship

Kayley McGonagle '18
Kayley McGonagle '18

The women's track and field team had a great start to the NCAA Championship. The athletes competing today got their jobs done, fighting through the hot and windy conditions on the track.

Caitlin Ubl '19 competed well on day 1 of the heptathlon. In the first event, the 100 meter hurdles, Ubl finished 3rd overall, tying her personal best of 15.01 seconds despite running into a heavy tailwind. In the next event, the high jump, Ubl had a solid 14th place, 1.48m clearing. In the shot put, Ubl put the shot 8.96m, tying for 16th place. In the last event of the day, the 200-meter dish, Ubl ran an impressive 26.73 personal best, again into a heavy tailwind, for 7th place. At the end of day 1, Ubl sits 10th overall, with her best events ahead of her on day 2.

Brianna Bourne '21 ran fearless in her first ever NCAA appearance, fighting through the conditions and a tough field to finish 5th in her 1500 heat and 10th overall with a 4:37.15. Through her efforts, Bourne has qualified for the final on time.

In the 400 hurdles prelims, Kate Kennedy '18 and Kaley McGonagle '18 both competed. McGonagle had a gritty race, having to hurdle a competitor who fell in her lane, but finished in 1:06.91 in 6th in her heat. Kennedy took charge of her heat, running away from the competition by the first hurdle, finishing 1st overall in 1:00.63.

Victoria Kingham competed today in the prelims of the 3000-meter steeplechase. Kingham ran a smooth, measured race, finishing 4th in her heat in a personal best 10:43.44 to automatically qualify for the finals.

In the 4x400 meter prelims, the team of McGonagle, Kennedy, Davis Collison '21 and Megan Powell '20 ran very well. The first three legs each ran very solidly, handing the baton off to Powell in 4th place in the heat. Powell kicked down two runners in front of her for a tremendous 54.79 split to finish 2nd in the heat, automatically qualifying for the final on Saturday.

Head Coach Nate Hoey was pleased with how the day had gone, saying "we started off with great energy today and it kickstarted the momentum which rolled throughout the afternoon.  We need to continue to focus on us and what we can control.  We are looking forward to the next step."

The Ephs will return to competition tomorrow for the second day of three of the NCAA Championship.