SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Williams College women's track team emerged victorious this evening, winning the DIII New England Championship in an impressive all-around effort with 149 points. MIT, ranked first nationally and the Ephs' chief rival, scored 127 points for 2nd and Middlebury finished 3rd with 73 points. Williams entered the met ranked 5th nationally.
Stella Worters '18 started off the day strong for the Ephs, running a fast 1200-meter leg in the distance medley relay. Neck and neck with an athlete from MIT, she handed off to first-year Ella Dunn '21 who sprinted her fastest 400 meters of the season before handing off to Anna Passannate '20. Passannante ran a solid first 800 of the day and passed the baton to Anna Harleen '18, who ran a speedy mile to cross the line in 12:09.99, which was good for a second place finish.
In the 60 meter dash, Kennedy Green '19 continued her breakout season with a blazing fast final, leaning across the line 7.74 seconds. That time placed her 2nd in the race behind phenom sprinter Wadeline Jonathas (UMass Boston) and breaks her own school record. She is currently the 5th fastest 60-meter runner in Division III. Astia Innis '20 placed 5th in the event, also with a huge PR of 7.93 seconds.
Megan Powell '20 completed an impressive 200/400 double, placing 4th in the shorter distance with a time of 26.11 seconds. Green doubled back as well, crossing the line in a season best time of 26.15 seconds for 5th. Powell won the 400 meter dash in an exciting race against a Middlebury athlete, leaning over the line to clinch the win in 57.37 seconds.
Representing Williams well in the distance events, Eliza Matt '18 ran a smart 1000-meter race, finishing in 5th in a time of 3:01.36. Audrey Rustad '20 continued her stellar sophomore season with a 4th place mile finish against a stacked field. Despite a lap counting error, Rustad still finished in a personal best time of 4:57.76. Emma Herrmann '20 and Emily Sundquist '18 worked together to run a tactical 5000 meters, slowly picking off their competitors to cross the line in 3th and 4th. Herrmann pulled slightly ahead to finish in 17:59.68 while Sundquist, despite having to stop to put her shoe back on 150 meters into the race, finished in a season best 18:00.05.
After her pentathlon win yesterday, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 showed grit and level-headedness competing against the best athletes in New England on tired legs. She proceeded to win the high jump, soaring over the bar at 1.70 meters. Her teammates Helene Hall '18 and Emma Egan '20 both cleared 1.65 meters to clinch 2nd and 3rd place. The trio scored 24 points in the event.
And Thomas and Egan were not done. They placed 5th and 7th in the long jump event, jumping 5.40 and 5.32 meters respectively. Izabelle Ith '21 and Innis also scored in the event, placing 4th with a jump of 5.55 meters and 8th with a jump of 5.32 meters. Four of the 8 scorers in the event were Williams athletes, showcasing the Ephs' considerable depth. In contrast, Kene Odenigbo '19 was the sole scorer for Williams in the triple jump, reaching 10.95 meters into the sand to finish 8th. Isabelle Ith raced in the competitive final of the 60-meter hurdles, finishing 6th with a time of 9.06 seconds, a lifetime best in the event. In the pole vault, Maggie Murphy '19 and Kelsie Hao '21 both cleared 3.40 meters to tie for 7th place, just behind a talented MIT squad.
The Ephs had a stellar day in the relays, finishing 1st or 2nd in every event of the day. In the 4x200-meter relay, Innis, Davis Collison '21, Sierra Loomis '20, and Kayley McGonagle '18 crossed the 4 lap distance in 1:46.45, good for second place. McGonagle, Powell, Dunn, and senior Kate Kennedy combined to dip under 4 minutes in the 4x400 meter relay, as Powell leaned across the line in a time of 3:59.58, recording another second place finish. In the last event of the day, Leah Rosenfeld '20, Harleen, Passannate, and Rustad ran a strong 9:31.40 to clinch the DIII New England title for the Ephs with thier first place finish.
With the team conference championship of the season won, the Ephs look forward to the NCAA Championships in just a few short weeks. Individuals on the bubble will continue to chase qualifying marks at last chance meets until early March.