Williamstown, MA - This weekend Williams took to the Lee Track and Field for the second week in a row to compete in yet another home meet. This time around, however, there were four teams competing instead of two. In the Williams Invitational Quad Meet, Williams faced up against Middlebury College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and SUNY Oneata. As the Ephs prepare for the NESCAC Championships coming up next week, this home meet provided some stiff competition and good conditions for the team to post strong performances across the board.
Williams had a significant presence in the jumps and throws. In the pole vault, Maggie Murphy '19 earned 2nd place with a vault of 3.4 meters and was followed by fellow Eph Kelsie Hao '21, who finished in 3rd with a jump of 3.25 meters. Hao's 5.37 meter jump earlier in the day also earned her a 2nd place finish in her other main event, the long jump. She was joined by Sierra Diaz '20, who jumped 5.17 meters for 3rd place. Diaz also competed in the triple jump, this time earning a 1st place finish with an 11.01 meter jump.
In addition to the vertical and horizontal jumps, Williams also performed well in the throwing events and the discus throw, in particular. Lauren Crist '20 topped the leaderboard with a 1st place throw of 35.88. Morgan Dauk '21 finished 3rd in the same event with a throw of 31.89 meters.
On the track, in both sprinting and distance events, the Ephs also performed well. In the 100 meter dash, Williams team members clinched both 1st and 2nd place: Kennedy Green '19 finished in 1st with a time of 12.39, followed by Megan Powell '20 with a 2nd place time of 12.65. Shortly afterwards, heptathlete and high jumper Summer Solstice-Thomas ran the 400m with an impressive 3rd place finish, clocking in at 60.05. Rounding out the day's individual sprinting events, Kate Kennedy '18 finished the 100 meter hurdles in 1st place, crossing the line in 14.98. Finally, William's 4x400 meter team of Caitlin Ubl '19, Anna Harleen '18, Erica Barret '21, and Solstice-Thomas closed out the day's sprinting events with a 2nd place finish, collectively running the 1600 meter distance in 4:07.59. Before taking to the track for her leg of the 4x400, Harleen already ran a 800 meter race in 2:18.6, finishing in 2nd. She was joined by Brianna Bourne '21, who finished in 2:20.15 for 3rd place.
One of the most exciting events on the track today was the 5,000 meter race, where Victoria Kingham '18 finished in 1st with a huge personal record of 17:06.86. Williams also saw two other top finishers in the 5,000 meters: Sarah Tully earned 3rd place with a time of 18:48.79, and Janelle Gowgiel posted a 4th place finish in 19:24.06.
Overall, it was a great day to have a home meet. The sunny and (almost) warm conditions helped the Ephs to hone their performances before the upcoming NESCAC Championships which will be held next Saturday at Trinity College. At the end of the day, Head Coach Nate Hoey reflects, "Today was a strong meet. We executed well and brought good energy all day. We are excited for the week ahead." While the Women's Track and Field team can feel satisfied with their performances today, they are still forward-looking. This coming week, the team plans on continuing to train hard as each individual contines to tweak her event execution before competing in the conference meet next week.