BIRMINGHAM, AL- In a two-day battle with UMass Boston, the Ephs scored 37 points to take home silver at NCAA Division III Nationals in the Ephs' best finish since 2007. It was an all-around effort, and the Ephs had 11 athletes contribute to the team score.
The day began with the high jump, an event in which Williams' has been known to excel. The trio of Helene Hall '18, Emma Egan '20, and Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 competed well and scored 19 cumulative points in the event. Thomas jumped well under pressure, making two 3rd attempt clearances at 1.68 meters and 1.71 meters to clinch 4th place. Egan did the same at a slightly higher bar, soaring over 1.74 meters on her third jump to place 3rd. Hall had a clear card up until the 1.74 meter bar, which she missed once. On her second attempt, however, she had such a powerful takeoff that she cleared the bar with ease. She placed 2nd, behind winner Cirrus Robinson, on misses and looks forward to challenging for the national title in the spring.
Passannante, after a season best in yesterday's preliminary round, had a breakout race in the 800 meter run. She dueled with a Bates competitor all the way up to the line and moved up steadily over the final lap to cross the line in 5th. Her phenomenal time of 2:11.51 breaks the previous school record of 2:12.18 set in 2015 by teammate Victoria Kingham. Passannante far outperformed her seed time to stand on the podium, earn All-American honors, and clinch 4 team points for the Ephs.
In the 60 meter dash, Kennedy Green '19 placed 7th for the Ephs, also scoring points, earning All-American honors, and ending her stellar season with a time of 7.76 seconds.
Williams ran in the first heat of the 4x400 meter relay finals in the last event of the night. Kayley McGonagle '18 ran a hard first lap of about 59 seconds and handed off to Kate Kennedy '18, who blazed down the backstretch and positioned the Ephs well going into the 3rd leg, despite some jockeying for position down the final straightaway and into the handoff zone. First-year Ella Dunn took the baton and ran a season best relay split to position Megan Powell '20 right behind a pack of three runners going into the final leg. Powell dropped a ridiculously fast split of 55 seconds to sprint by 2 competitors and secure the Ephs 2nd place in the heat. The total time for the relay was 3:51.10 and placed them 5th overall in the final. McGonagle, Kennedy, Dunn, Powell, and Davis Collison '21, who ran in the preliminary heats yesterday, stood on the podium and earned All-American Honors in the event.
The Ephs finished with 37 points to UMass Boston's 46. They were followed by Ohio Northern in 3rd with 30 points and Washington University of St. Louis in 4th with 27.
It was a tremendous season for the Ephs, with 3 school records broken and numerous lifetime bests set. The team's accomplishments for the season include: National Runner-Up, DIII New England Champion, and Little 3 Champion. Head coach Nate Hoey said, "What a weekend. To see as many PR and SB performances as we had this weekend was outstanding. They competed with heart and intensity. I could not be more proud of this amazing team. They carry a positive, hard working attitude each and every day. It's a privilege to be able to work with them." The Ephs will look forward, excitedly, and hungrily, to outdoor season, which begins in two weeks at the University of California - Riverside.