MIDDLETOWN, CT- After a solid block of training over winter break, the Williams College track and field team traveled to Wesleyan University to compete at the Little Three Championship against conference rivals Amherst and Wesleyan. The Ephs won their 33rd straight title, with 152 points to Amherst's 104 and Wesleyan's 99.
Senior Stella Worters started off the team in stellar fashion, winning the mile with a great early season time of 5:12.04, a qualifying mark for the DIII New England's Championship. Normally specializing in the longer distances, captain Emily Sundquist tried her hand at a shorter event and found success, placing 4th with a time of 5:19.88, which qualifies her for DIII New England's as well. Sophomore Emily Harris was close on her heels in 5th with a time of 5:28.74.
Sophomore Anna Passannante and senior Victoria Kingham battled to 1st and 2nd place finishes in the 1000 meter run with times of 3:04.09 and 3:04.37. These excellent early season times qualify them for both DIII New England's and All-New England's. The distance squad continued to impress in the 800 meter run, with first-year Erica Barrett in 2nd place. Barrett crossed the line in 2:29.26 and was closely followed by senior Katie Spence in 4th with a time of 2:34.81. Sprinters Ella Dunn '21 and Sierra Loomis '20 attempted the 600 meter dash, a slightly longer distance than their usual races. In their inaugural collegiate 600 meter race, they both qualified for DIII New England's with times of 1:42.41 and 1:43.53.
In her first open 400 of the season, captain Kayley McGonagle posted a fast 1:01.12 for 2nd place. First-year Davis Collison crossed the line in 1:01.98 for 3rd. The pair qualified for DIII New England's and hopes to better these times throughout the season. Collison returned for a gutsy 200 meter dash, in which she placed first with a time of 27.00, especially impressive on a flat track. Williams performed dominantly in the 60 meter dash, led by junior Kennedy Green with a blazing fast 7.90, an All-New England's and DIII New England's qualifying mark. She was followed by speedy sophomores Ally Isley and Astia Innis, running DIII New England's qualifying times of 8.05 and and 8.15. In the 60 meter hurdles, Williams took 4 of the 5 top spots, led by junior Caitlin Ubl in 2nd with a DIII New England qualifying time of 9.30 seconds, a personal best by almost a second. First-year Izabelle Ith continued to hurdle well, placing 3rd with a time of 9.37 seconds. Senior Kate Kennedy and sophomore Summer-Solstice Thomas took 4th and 5th places with respective times of 9.70 and 9.84.
In the horizontal jumps, Williams showcased its immense depth, clinching the top 6 places in long jump and the top 4 places in triple jump. Multi-event athlete Ith won the event with a season best, All New England qualifying jump of 5.57 meters. She was followed by Innis, whose personal best jump of 5.30 earned her 2nd place. Sophomore Emma Egan proved she can jump horizontally as well as vertically with a mark of 5.27 meters in her 3rd event of the day. The same can be said for Thomas, who posted a leap of 5.20 meters; she was followed by Isley who jumped 4.99 meters for 5th and Ubl in 6th with a mark of 4.85 meters.
It was a similar story in the triple jump. Junior Kene Odenigbo cracked the 11-meter barrier with a leap of 11.07 meters for 1st place. Sophomore Sierra Diaz was just a centimeter behind in 2nd place with a jump of 11.06 meters. Both qualify the women for DIII New England's and bode well for performances later in the season. First-year Cailin Stollar also qualified for DIII New England's with a leap of 10.50 meters in her first collegiate competition. Fellow first-year Kelsie Hao finished 4th after an excellent performance in the pole vault, leaping 10.32 meters.
Egan, Thomas, and Ubl also competed in the high jump, all setting season best marks and qualifying for DIII New England's. Egan soared over the All-New England qualifying height of 1.69 meters, a mark that would earn her 1st place in the event. Thomas was only a bar behind with a flawless attempt at 1.64 meters. She clinched 2nd place with her performance. Ubl followed in 4th place with a personal best leap of 1.54 meters, breaking the 5-foot barrier for the first time.
In the pole vault, sophomore Maggie Murphy and Hao dueled in a jump-off to conclude the competition. Both performed beyond expectations, placing 1st and 2nd with leaps of 3.30 meters and 3.20 meters. They each had excellent attempts at higher bars and look to continue raising the bar throughout the indoor season. With these performances, they qualified for the DIII New England's Championship.
In the circle, the Williams' throws squad put up some great early season marks. Sophomore Lauren Crist placed 4th in the shot put with a throw of 10.09 meters, and indoor personal best. In her first collegiate shot put competition and 4th event of the day, Ith returned to throw a promising 9.50 meters. Crist also opened her season in the weight throw with a heave of 10.86 meters for another 4th place finish. She was closely followed by first-year Mazie Alexander in 5th place with a throw of 9.22 meters.
Lastly, the team lined the track for the relay events as the meet drew to a close. The Ephs won the 4x800 meter relay by almost half a lap. Barrett, Kingham, Worters, and Passannante all ran smart, smooth legs to accumulate a time of 9:46.27. Kennedy, McGonagle, Dunn, and Loomis also found success in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:06.26. Head Coach Nate Hoey said, "Today was a well-rounded team effort. I'm pleased with how we competed and supported each other. We have work to do moving forward, and I'm excited for what's ahead." The team will compete next at the Middlebury Winterfell meet on Saturday January 20th. The action will commence at 11:00AM.