Ephs Impress at BU Last Chance; 4x400 Meter Relay Hits #2 Mark in Division III

Kayley McGonagle '18
Kayley McGonagle '18

BOSTON, MA- In a big weekend for the Ephs, another group of competitors headed to Boston University today for the BU Last Chance Meet. Hoping to clock some fast times around the banked oval, the women chased season bests and qualifying marks against high level Division I, II, and III competition. 

Leah Rosenfeld '20 started the day off for the Ephs, with a season best in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.24. She was followed by Davis Collison '21, who competed in the 400 meter dash. In the same heat as assistant coach Marisa Turner (who clocked a blistering 57.30), Collison had a breakout race. The first-year set a season best by over two seconds to cross the line in 58.16.   

Anna Harleen '18 continued the momentum for the Ephs, with a stellar mile. Dropping over 10 seconds from last week's DIII New England Championship, the senior posted a time of 4:54:66 in the 8-lap race. That time places her 9th in the nation for Division III, just ahead of teammate Audrey Rustad '20, who sits in 11th.Emily Sundquist '18 and Emma Herrmann '20 turned in a pair of impressive performances in the distance events. Sundquist ran the 3000 meters in a solid 10:17.42, a season best in the event by 5 seconds. Herrmann dropped her season best by 20 seconds in the 5000 meters, dropping a 17:39.17 and once again proving her grit and perseverance in the face of adversity.

The 4x400 meter relay ran a blazing fast time of 3:50.38, which currently ranks the quartet of Megan Powell '20, Kayley McGonagle '18, Kate Kennedy '18, and Ella Dunn '21 2nd in Division III and the 2nd fastest Williams relay of all time. They sit just 1.17 seconds behind Nebraska Wesleyan, the national leader.

Many Ephs punched their tickets to the Division III National Championship this weekend, but the qualifying window has not closed. Williams will attend the Tufts Last Chance meet in Medford, MA next Saturday in hopes of sending more qualifiers to Birmingham.