MIDDLEBURY, VT- On Day 2 of the Middlebury Invitational, the Ephs threw down some fast times and impressive marks at Virtue Field House. With some athletes taking a bye week after a tough training cycle, the Ephs still managed finish first of 12 teams and scored 147 points over the course of the weekend.
In the first distance medley relay of the season, Eliza Matt '18 got the team off to a fast start with a strong close on the 1200 meter leg. Ella Dunn '21 followed with a speedy 400 meter leg and handed off to Leah Rosenfeld '20 who added a solid 800 meter split. Audrey Rustad '20 finished the race, running 1600 meters unchallenged and crossing the line in 12:39.80. The team finished in 1st place in the event.
Rustad clinched another win in the mile, passing 2 Middlebury athletes over the final 400 meters to finish in 5:07.50, easily qualifying her for DIII New England's. Matt also returned to run a fast mile, placing 5th with a DIII New England's qualifying time of 5:15.74. In the 5000 meter run, senior Emily Sundquist and sophomore Emma Herrmann qualified for DIII New England's and All-New England's in their first 5ks of the season. The two worked together throughout the race, and Sundquist finished with a stellar kick to cross the line in 18:06.05. Herrmann, returning from a long hiatus, proved her fitness and strength with a great opener, finishing in 18:13.43.
In the sprinting events, Megan Powell '20 tried her hand at the 200 meter dash and found success with a blazing fast 26.00 and a 2nd place finish. Davis Collison '21 ran a season best with a 26.69 and a 4th place finish. Both Powell and Collison qualified for DIII New England's with ease. In the 400 meter dash, senior Kate Kennedy finished 3rd with a DIII New England's qualifying time of 1:00.88. Sierra Loomis followed in 4th place, running a fast first lap to finish in 1:02.62. In the slightly longer 500 meter race, one of the distances only contested indoors, Katie Spence '18 finished in 1:24.89 for 4th place. In another indoors-only event, Chelsey Jordan '21 blended speed with endurance in the 1000 meter run, finishing in 3:26.28 for 3rd.
Sophomore Ally Isley and junior Kennedy Green both continued their success in the short sprints. After solid preliminary runs, they both earned places in the loaded final of the 60 meter dash. Green crossed the line in 2nd place, leaning through the line in 7.82 seconds. Her excellent performance eclipsed her own school record of 7.84 to set a new fastest mark in Williams College history. Isley ran a fast time of 7.99 seconds, breaking the 8 second barrier for the 2nd time. In an exciting 4x200 meter relay, Green, Powell, Collison, and Astia Innis '20 ran 1:45.24 for an impressive 1st place finish.
Two of Williams' only jumpers competing on the day, junior Maggie Murphy and senior Helene Hall soared over high bars in their respective events, both earning 1st place finishes. In the pole vault, Murphy cleared 3.50 meters, matching her lifetime best. And Hall, in her first meet since December, jumped 1.63 meters, with a clear card until her final bar.
As spring semester begins, the Ephs will continue to gear up for Division III New England's, now just 3 weeks away. On February 2nd and 3rd, select Ephs will run at the Tufts Invitational and All New England's at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA.