Women's Track and Field Season Outlook

Helene Hall '18
Helene Hall '18

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA— After placing 2nd at Indoor Division III New England's and 4th at the national championship meet last year, the Ephs look forward to another competitive track and field season.

Coming off a stellar cross country season, Victoria Kingham is primed for her last indoor campaign. The hard-working senior attained All-American status in cross-country after an excellent race in Elsah, placing 24th in Division III. Joining her as a fellow All-American is sophomore Audrey Rustad, who placed 37th at the national meet after a breakout season. Kingham and Rustad will make an impact in the middle distance and distance events. 10,000 meter national qualifier Emma Herrmann '20 will also return to the track and will be a major presence in the distance events. Senior captain Emily Sundquist, a DIII New England scorer last year in the 10,000 meter run, will be a key player in her first indoor season since 2015-6.

Senior Stella Worters, who also toed the line at Elsah, will be also be a major player in the 800 meter and 1,000 meter races. Captain Anna Harleen will also lace up her spikes for a final indoor track season. Harleen's time as an Eph has been filled with accolades thus far, a perennial performer at nationals and a consistently high scorer at Division III New England's. She and sophomore Anna Passannante both attained All-American status in the Distance Medley Relay last winter. Passannante's winning combination of endurance and finishing speed will serve her well in distances from the 400 to the 1600 meter runs. 2016-7 Division III New England scorers Anna Fitch '19, Leah Rosenfeld '19, and Katie Spence '20 will add depth to a talented middle distance roster.

While the distance contingent of the team was focusing on cross country season, senior captain Kayley McGonagle led an experienced sprint squad through a grueling fall training block. She, along with sophomores Sierra Loomis and Megan Powell, found great success in the 4x400 meter relay last year and will look forward to continuing their progression in the long sprints. Powell's speed over the 60 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter events garnered more than a hundred team points over the course of last year. Sport-sprinter Kennedy Green '19 will return after a breakout sophomore year and vie for Division III New England honors in the 60 meter dash. Notably, Kate Kennedy '18 returned to Williams this fall after a year at Oxford and will be sure to contribute in the long sprints and hurdles. 

In the field, senior captain Helene Hall will lead a high jump team comprised of three All-American athletes who consistently provided the most powerful 1-2-3 punch in the nation. Reigning outdoor national champion Emma Egan '20 will look to continue her success on the apron, after setting a Division III New England high jump record last indoor season. Summer-Solstice Thomas, an indoor and outdoor All-American, also placed third in the pentathlon at Division III New England's last year and will make a marked impact in the multis this season. Junior Caitlin Ubl, who placed at the Division III New England championships in the heptathlon last spring, will look to contribute to the team score throughout the indoor championship season. After the loss of Candice Dyce and Chloe Rogers, powerful junior Kene Odengibo and springy sophomore Sierra Diaz will step up in the long and triple jumps.

Junior Maggie Murphy and senior Stephanie Boulger will headline a growing pole vault squad which, after lifting heavy and running hard in training this year, look forward to soaring to new heights once the season begins. In the circle, sophomore Lauren Crist aims to lead an underclassmen-heavy group of throwers to success indoors. She will be a strong competitive presence in the shot put and the weight throw. 

Along with the addition of a promising first-year class, the Ephs will vie for Division III New England and National honors this season. Head Coach Nate Hoey remarked, "We are excited for the season ahead. Fall training has been going very well. There is an excitement each day at practice to be present, engaged and work to the best of our ability. The most important thing for us as a team, is to continue to be present each day within each training session. To be present and engaged with our teammates. To positively push each other and support each other on a consistent basis...to enjoy this journey and all that it holds."

The Ephs will begin their season at the Springfield College Season Opener on December 2nd. They will face Westfield State, Stevens, AIC, and Springfield in a rust-buster meet, which will help the Ephs gauge their progress after 7 months of hard training. The action will begin at 10:00AM.