SPRINGFIELD, MA— This morning, the Ephs traveled to Springfield College for an early season invitational in order to test their fitness and hit some preliminary qualifying marks. With many distance runners still resting up from a long and successful cross country season and some sprint-power athletes taking advantage of the weekend to train, only around 20 Ephs competed. Yet those who did achieved highly successful results.
In her first collegiate meet, first-year Izabelle Ith cruised to a first place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, starting off the meet well for the Ephs and qualifying for DIII New England's with a time of 9.37 seconds. Sophomore Summer-Solstice Thomas exceled in the event as well, placing third with a time of 10.07. Junior Kennedy Green continued the Ephs' momentum with her first place finish and lifetime personal best in the 60 meter dash. Her preliminary time of 7.84 qualifies her for DIII New England's and All-New England's. She proved herself a force to be reckoned with in the short sprints, setting a new indoor school record in the first meet of the year. The sophomore class had a major presence in the final of the event, with Astia Innis finishing 4th in 8.07, Ally Isley finishing 6th in 8.16, Emma Egan finishing 7th in 8.28, and Megan Powell finishing 8th in 8.28. Innis, Isley, and Powell also qualified for DIII New England's with their preliminary times.
Davis Collison '21, Sierra Loomis '20, and Rachel Hurst '19 had a strong showing in the 300 meter run with 2nd, 4th, and 5th place finishes. And, the 4x400 meter relay of Powell, Kayley McGonagle '18, Ella Dunn '21, and Kate Kennedy '18 won the event with a time of 4:05.73.
There were some new faces for the Ephs in the circle, as first-year Mazie Alexander finished 5th in both the weight throw and shot put with throws of 8.91 and 9.60 meters. In her first collegiate meet, sophomore Emma Ticknor finished 4th in the shot put with a throw of 9.84 meters, starting off her track career well.
In the jumping events, Williams showed its immense depth by putting at least 3 athletes in the top 5 in every event. In the pole vault, first-year Kelsie Hao led the way with a 3.30 meter jump, good for a 2nd place finish in her first meet for the Ephs. Junior Maggie Murphy finished 3rd with a jump of 3.20 meters, as both she and Hao qualified for DIII New England's. Senior Stephanie Boulger placed 4th with a jump of 2.90 meters.
The Ephs went 1-2-3-4 in the long jump, and all four athletes qualified for DIII New England's. Ith leaped 5.37 meters for another first place finish, and Thomas nearly matched her personal best with a 5.30 meter jump for second. Innis jumped 5.15 meters with Hao close behind with a leap of 5.12 meters. Sophomore Sierra Diaz won the triple jump with an impressive mark of 11.15 meters. Ith leaped 10.87 meters to continue her jumping success with a 2nd place finish. Junior Kene Odenigbo finished 3rd with a mark of 10.77 meters. Emma Egan '20 and Helene Hall '18 finished 1st and 2nd in the high jump, both soaring over 1.67 meters and qualifying for All-New England's . Odenigbo placed 4th, showing her prowess in both the horizontal and vertical jumps, with a leap of 1.59 meters. Egan, Hall, and Odenigbo all qualified for DIII New England's.
Additionally, fresh off cross-country season, three Ephs traveled to Smith College to run the 5000 meters and hit early season qualifying marks. Junior Tyra Wynn won the event in 18:14.06, qualifying for DIII New England's and All-New England's. Senior Eliza Matt finished 2nd with a time of 18:25.65, also qualifying for DIII New England's. Finally, senior Stella Worters ran 18:45.94 for 4th to hit the same qualifying mark.
Head coach Nate Hoey said, "This was a solid opening meet for us with some strong highlights. We learned a lot today and are excited to get back to practice on Monday." The Ephs will not compete again until the Little Three Championship meet at Wesleyan on January 13th.