AMHERST, MA- Battling unseasonably cold weather and wind, a small contingent of Ephs stayed tough and produced strong early season performances at the Amherst Spring Fling Invitational. Junior Tyra Wynn opened her outdoor season by winning her heat in her first collegiate 1500 meter race by almost 2 seconds. The junior crossed the line in a NESCAC qualifying time of 5:05.02 to finish in 11th overall on the day. First-year Brianna Bourne also impressed in the mid-distance events. She finished the 800 meter run in 2:24.56, earning 5th place. Additionally, Leah Rosenfeld '20, who typically excels in the mid-distance events, tried her hand at the 400 meter hurdles, sprinting to the finish in 1:11.96 for 4th place. Both Bourne and Rosenfeld earned NESCAC qualifiers in their events.
Sarah Tully '21 and Janelle Gowgiel '20 worked together in the 5000 meter run. The first-year and the sophomore crossed the line in 19:05.82 and 19:16.91, finishing in 6th and 7th. Both hit the NESCAC qualifying standard in the event. A duo of pole vaulters also earned NESCAC qualifying bids. Sierra Diaz '20 matched her personal best with a clutch 3rd attempt clearance at 2.90 meters, good enough for 3rd place overall. Senior Stephanie Boulger soared over the bar at 2.75 meters to take 5th place in the event.
In the circle, first-year Morgan Dauk also earned a NESCAC qualifier with her throw of 29.32 meters, staying consistent from her last two competitions despite the adverse conditions. She placed 6th in the event. Sophomore Lauren Crist produced a 7th place finish in the hammer throw, hitting a mark of 33.48 meters, just shy of her personal best,
Next Saturday, the Ephs will be out in full force to host the annual dual meet against MIT. The Farley Meet will commence at 12:00PM on Lee Track.