GORHAM, ME- A small contingent of Ephs traveled to Southern Maine University on Friday for the Maine State Open in which they chased NCAA qualifying marks. Sierra Loomis '20, Helene Hall '18, and Caitlin Ubl '19 competed in the pentathlon on Friday night. It was both Loomis and Hall's first multi event competition, and they took on the challenge for different reasons. Loomis looked to capitalize on her talent in the sprints and jumps and Hall, a high jumper by trade, was looking for another chance to better her season best in the hunt for a NCAA title.
Ubl started the day with a 8.69 in the 55 meter hurdles and a 1.50 meter jump in high jump. Neither approached her personal best, and she reset to attempt better marks in the second half of the event. Hall, however, put together an excellent jump at 1.71 meters to hit a NCAA qualifying mark in the high jump.
In Loomis and Hall's first time throwing the shot put, they hit admirable marks of 7.92 and 7.67 meters in the event. Then, the three pentathletes took to the long jump runway. Loomis, having contested the event during her first year of college, had some experience in the event and reached 4.83 meters into the sand. Hall jumped only once, and had an impressive first-time mark of 4.71 meters. Ubl knew she would have to jump a season best to renew her hopes of hitting an NCAA qualifying mark. She jumped 4.69 meters on her first attempt, taking off far back from the board and moved up on her next two events, hoping to hit a fair takeoff and accrue the points she needed. Her next two attempts were beautiful jumps but both were ruled fouls and not measured.
She regrouped, however, to pace a pentathlete from WPI to a fast 800 meters. Loomis took the pack out hard, coming through the 800 meter mark in 67 seconds. Ubl capitalized on the momentum set by her teammate and ran a collegiate PR of 2:21.53 to win the event and end the day. Helene Hall completed the 800 meter distance in 3:00.03.
Overall, Ubl won the pentathlon with a total scored of 3189 points. Hall and Loomis took 7th and 8th with scores of 2255 and 2160. Hall gained an NCAA qualifying mark, and Loomis garnered some valuable experience in the jumping events.
Izabelle Ith '21 started off day 2 for the Ephs. After a strong preliminary race in the 60 meter hurdles, she cruised to victory in a speedy 8.36 finish. That time converts to 8.99 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles and marks the first time the first-year has dipped under 9 seconds in the event. On the runway, Astia Innis '20 put in some solid work in the long jump. The Southern Maine runway had plenty of bounce, and the sophomore propelled herself 5.29 meters into the sand on her last attempt. It was close to her personal best and earned her a 2nd place finish, but Innis looks forward to chasing a further mark next weekend. Next, Ith contested the triple jump, the last event of the day for the Ephs, and turned in a strong 3rd place finish. She reached for every grain of sand she could and came out with a mark of 11.17 meters.
Yet, the Ephs have not finished their weekend. A contingent of sprinters will head to Boston University tomorrow to contest a handful of individual events and the 4x400 meter relay around the banked oval.