Williams Produces Strong Performances at Point Loma

Lauren Crist '20
Lauren Crist '20

SAN DIEGO, CA- The rest of the team opened its outdoor season at the Point Loma Invitational. The Ephs were bested narrowly by the host team, 197 to 194 points, and overcame talented squads from Middlebury, Pacific Lutheran, Cal Poly, and Pomona-Pitzer among others. Junior Kennedy Green blazed to a pair of wins in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in 12.25 seconds and 25.38 seconds, both tremendous early-season times. Also in the 200 meter dash, first-year Davis Collison sprinted to a lifetime best of 25.97 seconds for 6th place. She crossed the line 6th again in the 400 meter dash, with a time of 59.79 seconds. Megan Powell '20 won the event in 57.05, approaching her best ever time in the first meet of the season. Eliza Matt '18 pulled off another impressive double in the 1500 meter and 800 meter races. She began her day with a stellar 1500 meter run; the race went out slowly, but the senior took control along with sophomore Anna Passannante, and led the event for the next 800 meters. Passannante crossed the line in 5th with a time of 4:41.50 and Matt followed closely behind in 4:44.59. A few hours later, Matt toed the line for the 800 meter run, and ran a speedy time of 2:19.97 for the two-lap distance.

Stella Worters '18 showed her range in the 5000 meter run, as the middle-distance runner tried her hand at a slightly longer event. She finished in a personal best time of 18:09.85 for 3rd. And Kate Kennedy '18, Kayley McGonagle '18, and Sierra Loomis '20 showed Williams' depth in the 400 meter hurdles. Kennedy led from the gun in her first 400 meter hurdles race after a junior year at Oxford. She blazed down the final straightaway to cross the line in 1:01.65, a lifetime best. Senior Kayley McGonagle finished in a great early-season time of 1:03.00 to take 2nd, and Sierra Loomis '20 ran a collegiate best 1:06.10 for 5th. 

The fast handoffs in the 4x100 meter relay require skill and dexterity and often prove difficult for athletes to master early in the season. The quartet of Green, Powell, Astia Innis '20, and Ally Isley '20 ran a cumulative time of 48.71 to win the event. And Innis took her speed to the runway for the long jump, in which she finished 3rd with a leap of 5.30 meters. She was followed by first-year Kelsie Hao in 4th, who jumped an impressive 5.17 meters. In turn, Hao doubled back for the pole vault, in which she soared over 3.34 meters for 2nd place. Junior Maggie Murphy took 3rd in the event, clearing the same bar.

Also finding success on the runway, Kene Odenigbo '19 and Cailin Stollar '21 finished 3rd and 4th in the triple jump. The junior leaped 10.76 meters, and Stollar jumped 10.71 meters for a collegiate best. In a rather chaotic day of jumping in which the high jump apron and the horizontal jump runways overlapped, Helene Hall '18 was able to finish 4th in the event, clearing 1.57 meter.

Lauren Crist '20 turned in a pair of impressive finishes in the throwing events. In both the hammer throw and the discus she approached her lifetime bests. In the hammer, she threw 33.88 meters for 5th, and she launched the discus 25.06 meters for 6th. To finish out the meet for the Ephs, the 4x400 meter relay of Kayley McGonagle, Kate Kennedy, Davis Collison, and Megan Powell finished 2nd to a strong Point Loma squad with a time of 3:53.96.

Williams will train for another week at the Point Loma facilities and then travel to the University of California-San Diego next Saturday for its final meet in southern California.