SPRINGFIELD, MA - After Day 1 of the DIII New England's Championships at Springfield College, the Ephs sit in first with 22 points amassed in a single event. Worchester State is currently 2nd with 6 points and Southern Maine is 3rd with 5 points. Williams was the only school from which multiple athletes scored, placing 3 women in the top 5.
In the first event of the day, junior Caitlin Ubl took the early lead with a personal best of 9.08 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. Sophomore Emma Egan followed closely behind in 3rd with a huge lifetime best of 9.43 seconds. Sophomore Summer-Solstice Thomas ran a speedy 9.79 seconds for 9th. The trio had a strong all-around high jump day, with Thomas and Egan tying for first place, both soaring over 1.72 meters (5 feet 8 inches) with ease. Both scored a whopping 879 points in the event. Ubl placed 5th, matching her lifetime best of 1.54 meters on her 3rd attempt to score 666 points.
Egan continued her stellar day with a PR throw by almost a meter in the shot put. She placed 5th in the event, heaving the 4k shot put 9.50 meters. Ubl placed 10th in the event with a throw of 8.67 meters, and Thomas followed in 13th with a heave of 8.55 meters.
Thomas and Egan finished 1-2 again in the long jump, respectively jumping 5.47 meters and 5.30 meters. The two led the field, reaching almost 18 feet into the pit. Ubl finished 11th with a jump of 4.67 meters. The trio geared up for 800 meter run. Thomas led the race for the first 400 meters, leading Ubl, who needed to pick up some places in the final event, to a controlled start. Ubl took control at the 400 meter mark and finished in 1st with a time of 2:24.24. Thomas crossed the line in a close 2nd with a fast time of 2:25.41. Egan had an impressive 3 second personal best in the event, finishing 8th in 2:37.74.
Thomas won the competition with a score of 3,509, close to her season best, and Egan finished in 2nd with an enormous PR of 3,440 points. Ubl placed 5th, also approaching her lifetime best with a score of 3,241.
The competition will commence tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.