BOSTON, MA—Today, a small group of men and women traveled to Tufts University to compete at their last chance meet. Many Ephs who were on the bubble traveled in hopes of bettering their position on the national performance list to secure a spot to NCAA Indoor Nationals next week in North Carolina. All the Ephs put up impressive marks, many hitting the qualifying marks that they needed.
The first event on the track was the mile. The Ephs had two athletes competing: Anna Passannante and Ben Hearon, both class of '20. Passannante had a strong performance, pushing through each lap. She finished with a solid time of 5:13. Right after her race was Hearon, who also did very well. He raced skillfully, finishing with a time of 5:34. The next event for middle distance was the women's 800 meter race. Abby Scott '22 represented Williams, and she had a great race. She ran all four laps evenly, to finish with a time of 2:16.
The 3000 meter race had many runners from Williams on both from both the men's and the women's teams. For the women, Audrey Rustad '20 and Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 raced. In her first race back this season, Rustad had an incredible performance. Looking stronger than ever, she finished the race with a time of 9:57, which places her 11th on the National Performance List. Fraser-Mines also impressed, finishing with a time of 10:43. On the men's side, Nick Gannon '20, Kenneth Marshall '20, and Jake Lange '20 competed in this event. Gannon had a breakout race, finishing with a time of 8:31, a new best for the senior. Marshall had a great race, crossing the finish line in a time of 8:37. Lange competed solidly and finished with a time of 8:53.
In the high jump, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 had many impressive efforts. She jumped cleanly until 1.65 meters, not missing a single bar. 1.65 meters would be her best attempt. In the pole vault, Sam Riley '23 had very solid attempts. Although he missed his first bar, he came back strong and jumped 4.26 meters. This matches his personal best.
After some very impressive marks, and new additions to the squad traveling to Nationals, both teams prepare for the final meet of the indoor season. The women's team will go hoping to defend their title from last year, while the men look to improve their standing from last year's competition. The meet will be hosted at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC. The meet begins at 10AM on Friday, March 13th.