WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Division III rivalry match-up on Lee Track ended with a MIT victory. Despite some great performances on the day, the final score was 107 points for the Engineers and 92 points for the Ephs. In the 100 meter dash, junior Kennedy Green ran an impressive season best of 12.22 seconds. Megan Powell, a sophomore long sprinter, tested her speed to place 3rd with a speedy time of 12.63. Both returned to run strong races in the 200 meter dash, Powell in 2nd with a time of 25.57 and Green in 4th in a 26.19. First-year Davis Collison came in 3rd in the event with a personal best of 25.86 seconds, after winning the 400 meter dash in a one-on-one duel against an MIT athlete. She crossed the line in an outdoor best of 58.67 seconds.
In the 800 meter dash, sophomore Anna Passannante was the Ephs' sole scoring representative, racing to a 2:17.32 finish for 2nd. First-year Brianna Bourne made a strong more midway through the 1500 meter dash and hung on for 4th in a collegiate best of 4:45.63. On the distance side, Audrey Rustad '20 had a great 1st 5000 meter run, running away with the victory in an astounding 17:26.35. Sophomore Emma Herrmann ran a strong season best of 17:47.19 and was followed by senior co-captain Emily Sundquist with a time of 18:03.40. Pulling out a 4th place finish with an excellent final 600 meters, junior Emily Harris finished in 18:35.67.
In what might be the best comeback story of the outdoor season, senior Victoria Kingham ran an excellent race in the steeplechase, sprinting to a 10:52.44 finish, in a time that will likely qualify her for NCAA nationals. Tyra Wynn '19 ran a strong first ever race in the event, crossing the line in 12:01.17. The steeplechasers' sprinter counterparts also had a successful day, with Izabelle Ith '21 winning the 100 meter hurdles in a quick 15.03 seconds. Customary long-hurdler Kate Kennedy '18 ran a 15.39 and was followed by Caitlin Ubl with with a 15.66 in 4th. In Kennedy's staple event, the 400 meter hurdles, she had some tough luck. By no fault of her own, the 2nd hurdle was missing in Kennedy's lane and her winning performance was disqualified. However, senior Kayley McGonagle '18 also ran a strong race for a 2nd place finish in 1:02.01. Mid-distance runner Leah Rosenfeld '20 jumped in the 400 hurdles and crossed the line in 1:10.06 for 3rd.
In the field, Helene Hall '18 won the high jump with a leap of 1.64 meters. Junior multi-event athlete Ubl followed with a 4th place jump of 1.44 meters and also managed a 4th place personal best finish in the javelin with a heave of 26.10 meters. In the same event, first-year Morgan Dauk threw a lifetime best of 33.99 meters. She also placed 4th in the discus with a season best of 28.70 meters, behind a personal best by her teammate Lauren Crist with a throw of 35.63 meters. Crist came back to throw 36.36 meters in the hammer throw for a 4th place result and clinch a 3rd place mark in the shot put with a throw of 9.81 meters. First-year Mazie Alexander was 4th with a throw of 8.82 meters. On the runway, Kelsie Hao '21 and Maggie Murphy '19 faced off against a strong MIT vault squad and placed 3rd and 4th with jumps of 3.40 meters. Ith proved her prowess in the horizontal jumps with a 5.37 meter long jump and 11.04 meter triple jump. Hao turned in a great horizontal jump in addition to her customary vertical one with a 5.24 meter effort.
Williams showed its strength and depth in the sprinting relays, finishing in 1st in both the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter race. Isley, Green, Powell, and Ith combined their efforts in the 4x1 to lean across the line in 48.65 seconds. And, after a long day, Kennedy, Rosenfeld, Collison, and Powell ended a long day with a race model repetition in the 4x400 meter relay, crossing the line in 4:22.36.
The Ephs will compete next on April 21st, again at Lee Track, for the Williams Invitational against strong Division III competition.