MIDDLEBURY, VT- The Williams track and field team spent Saturday at Virtue Fieldhouse racing at the Middlebury Winterfell, an invitational attracting talented competition from Albany, McGill, Vermont, Middlebury, Plattsburgh, and Castleton. The Ephs threw down some early season qualifying marks on the oval, led off by sophomore Anna Passannante. She crossed the line in 8th to complete a speedy mile, with a DIII New England's qualifying time of 5:21.08. Senior Stella Worters also showed a blend of speed and endurance with a 7th place 3k finish with a DIII New England qualifying time of 10:29.98.
In the sprints, sophomore Ally Isley ran a breakthrough 60 meter dash, cracking the 8 second barrier for the first time with a DIII New England's qualifying mark of 7.97 seconds. She finished in 4th place and was followed closely by classmate Astia Innis in 8th. Her 8.01 was a collegiate best and a DIII New England's qualifying mark. After her lifetime best in the 60 meter dash, Innis also set a personal record in the long jump, leaping 5.34 meters for the event win. She was followed by Isley, who jumped 5.05 meters for 3rd. The pair hit DIII New England qualifying standards with their performances. Classmate Sierra Diaz finished in 8th with a leap of 4.73 meters.
Senior Kate Kennedy found success in the 60 meter hurdles as well, running 9.63, a season best, for 4th. Senior Megan Powell also ran a season best time of 58.77 seconds in the 400 meters with her 3rd place finish.
Three Ephs placed in the top 8 in the triple jump, led by junior Kene Odenigbo, who leaped 10.78 meters for 2nd. Sophomore Sierra Diaz followed in 3rd place with a jump of 10.73 meters. First-year Cailin Stollar also finished in scoring position with a jump of 10.39 meters in her second collegiate meet. Odenigbo returned to place 2nd in high jump, soaring over the bar at 1.58 meters to hit the DIII New England's qualifying standard. In the pole vault, first-year Kelsie Hao also soared over a season best mark of 3.20 meters for the event win. Impressively, she cleared the final height on her first attempt and only missed one bar throughout the entire competition.
To close out the meet, the Ephs fielded a strong 4x400 meter relay team comprised of Sierra Loomis '20, Ella Dunn, '21, Powell, and Passannante. The four ran a season best time for the Ephs, crossing the line in 4:05.14. With impressive performances across the board, the Ephs will return to Vermont next Friday and Saturday for the Middlebury Invitational.