MEDFORD, MA- The Ephs headed to Tufts University early this morning for the Cupid Classic, a prime opportunity to hit qualifying marks while competing against competitive teams from MIT, WPI, Tufts, Connecticut College, Wellesley, Middlebury, Haverford, Brandeis, and Amherst. Team scores were not tallied for the meet, but Williams had a strong day across the board, with qualifying marks and season bests from athletes in almost every event.
After a solid preliminary round, Kennedy Green sprinted to a first place finish in the 60 meter dash finals. The junior continued her string of impressive performances with a time of 7.83 seconds and a comfortable win. Teammates Ally Isley '20 and Astia Innis '20 placed 3rd and 4th with times of 8.03 seconds and 8.04 seconds. Green also finished 2nd in the 200 meter dash, her first open race this season at that distance. After a fast start, she leaned across the line in 26.28 seconds. First year Davis Collison closed hard, finishing in 4th in 27.00 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash, Megan Powell '20 led the race from the gun, crossing the line in 1st place with a time of 58.68 seconds. Kate Kennedy '18 clinched 3rd place with a strong second lap to finish in 1:00.24. Senior Kayley McGonagle went out hard to win her heat, finishing 5th overall in 1:00.86.
Meanwhile, on the high jump apron, an exciting jump off ensued between teammates Helene Hall '18 and Emma Egan '20. The friendly competition pushed Hall to a clearance at 1.67 meters and a win on the day. Emma Egan took 2nd place with her jump at 1.64 meters. Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 ran between the 60 meter hurdles, in which she ran a personal best of 9.59 seconds to finish 3rd, and the high jump. She also finished in a 3rd place tie in the high jump, soaring over 1.59 meters and producing strong attempts at 1.64 meters. Kene Odenigbo muscled over 1.59 meters with ease, posting a 5th place performance in her 2nd high jump meet of the year. On the pole vault runway, first-year Kelsie Hao catapulted herself over some high bars as well. She jumped a season best of 3.35 meters for 3rd place. Junior Maggie Murphy placed 4th in the competition with her clearance of 3.20 meters.
Anna Passannante '20 ran a smart 600 meter race, crossing the line in 1:39.81 for 3rd. Hers marked the first of a slew of impressive mid-distance performances. Eliza Matt '18 and Stella Worters '18 worked together to the front of the pack in the 1000 meter run. Worters surged with 300 meters to go, attempting to track down a competitor from MIT. Matt followed the gutsy move and drew even with Worters on the final straight, crossing the line in 2nd with a time of 3:00.41 just ahead of Worters in 3rd with a 3:01.72.
In her return to the track, senior Anna Harleen kept pace with the pack in the mile run, running an admirable opener of 5:16.33. And Victoria Kingham '18, in perhaps the best paced race of the day, won the 3000 meter run in a blazing fast 10:09.40. Much of the field sprinted to the early start behind a fast pacer, but Kingham ran a more consistent first 2600 meters, persistently weaving her way through the pack until she had the leader in her sights. She dug deep to produce a fiery kick over the last quarter mile, sprinting by the leader to cross the line in 1st place.
First-year Izabelle Ith also had standout victories in the long jump and triple jump, leaping to season bests in both events. In the long jump, most of her attempts ranged from the low to mid 5 meter spectrum until her 5th jump, in which she reached an astounding 5.71 meters. Williams had a strong presence in the event, as Innis' powerful spring off the board earned her a season best of 5.40 meters and a 3rd place finish. Coming off her impressive high jump performance, Egan leaped 5.31 meters for 4th place. It was a similar story in the triple jump, as all of Ith's jumps were in the 10 meter range until her 6th attempt in which the clutch first-year hit a massive personal best of 11.54 meters. Odenigbo placed 2nd with a jump of 10.95 meters and a consistent 6-jump series. Springy sophomore Sierra Diaz bounded 10.74 meters for 3rd place, and sprinter Sierra Loomis '20 jumped 10.56 meters in her first triple jump competition of the year for 5th place.
After a long day at the Gantcher Center, the Ephs lined the track to cheer the 4x400 meter relay home. McGonagle began with a steady leadoff leg and handed off to Kennedy, who put some distance between Williams and the 2nd place team. First-year Ella Dunn ran a stellar first lap to put the team in a solid position going into the anchor leg, and Powell closed with a blazing fast anchor leg. The relay's 1st place time of 4:01.53 is the fastest relay of the year for the Ephs.
Head Coach Nate Hoey remarked, "This weekend was a strong all-around meet with qualifying marks, PRs, and SBs all over the place. We competed well and brought good energy from start to finish. The next couple weeks will be important as we continue to move forward." A small contingent of Ephs will compete next Friday at Boston University, but much of the team will set its sights forward to DIII New England's at Springfield College in 2 weeks.