Ephs Clinch 5th Straight NESCAC Championship

2018 NESCAC Champions
2018 NESCAC Champions

W AT C H  Replay of 2018 NESCAC Track& Field Championships 

- The Ephs prevailed at Jesse-Miller Field, competing well from the first to the final event of the day. Williams scored 200 points on the day in collecting their 5th consecutive NESCAC title and 17th in the last 18 years.

Under a cloudy Connecticut sky, Emma Herrmann started the Ephs off with a stellar 10,000 meter run, covering the 25-lap distance in 36:40.61. The sophomore battled with a competitor from Hamilton through most of the race but was able to hold her off in the final straightaway to clinch the runner up finish. First-year Sarah Tully earned 7th place in an impressive first 10k, outkicking two competitors in the final hundred meters to score at her first ever NESCAC championship meet. Victoria Kingham '18 continued the Ephs' success on the track, running a 6-second personal best in the 3000 meter steeplechase, crossing the line in 10:48.94 to handily win the event. Senior Emily Sundquist made several impressive recoveries to finish in 11:21.73 for 5th, and junior Emily Harris finished in a personal best of 11:32.96 for 8th.

For a change of pace, the team of Kennedy Green '19, Megan Powell '20, Izabelle Ith '21, and Ally Isley '20 took to the track for the 4x100 meter relay. The quartet crossed the line in a season best time of 48.23 for 3rd place. This was the start of a big day for Ith, who went on to win the long jump with a huge leap of 5.62 meters. Williams was well represented in the horizontal jumps, as Ith was followed by Astia Innis '20 in 4th with a jump of 5.30 meters and Kelsie Hao '21 reached 5.28 meters into the pit for 5th. The Ephs also took 1-5-6-7 in the triple jump. Led by Sierra Diaz, who had an enormous personal best of 11.48 meters for 1st, Kene Odenigbo '19 leaped 10.94 meters, Cailin Stollar '21 hit a mark of 10.87 meters, and Ith jumped 10.86 meters.

Back on the track, Stella Worters ran a personal best of 4:36.42 in the 1500 meters, placing 6th in a highly competitive field. Powell placed 2nd in the 400 meter dash with a time of 57.66 and was followed by Davis Collison '21 in 5th with a time of 58.44. Powell also ran a 6th place 200 meter dash with a personal best time of 25.31 seconds. Kennedy Green '19 was the first athlete from Williams to cross the line, placing 5th with a time of 25.15 seconds. Green took top honors in the 100 meter dash, clocking 12.13 to win by over a tenth of a second. Ally Isley '20 ran 12.68 for 8th place. In the finals of the 100 meter hurdles, the Ephs placed three athletes in the top three, led by Ith with a huge personal best of 14.56 seconds for 3rd. Caitlin Ubl '19 also hit a personal best with her 4th place finish in 15.02 seconds. Kate Kennedy '18 clocked 15.39 seconds for 6th.

In the 800 meter run, Anna Passannante '20 raced a season best time of 2:12.96 for 2nd. And Kate Kennedy '18 sprinted to a 2nd place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a speedy 1:01.66. Kayley McGonagle '18 finished 3rd in 1:03.49 and Sierra Loomis '20 crossed the line in 1:07.00 for 5th.  Meanwhile, on the high jump apron, Helene Hall '18 completed a triumphant comeback, defending her NESCAC title with a leap of 1.69 meters. Emma Egan '20 was right on her heels with a leap of 1.64 meters in 2nd place. In the pole vault, Hao delivered an incredible performance, clearing 3.70 meters for the first time and her first NESCAC title. Maggie Murphy '19 clinched 3rd with a leap of 3.40 meters.

In the throws, Morgan Dauk '21 heaved the javelin 35.31 meters to earn 7th place. Lauren Crist '20 threw 34.88 meters in the discus to, also, place 7th. As the day began to come to a close, Audrey Rustad '20 closed out the individual events with a gutsy 5k, taking the lead with 450 meters to go and eventually placing 3rd with a time of 17:19.74.

The 4x400 meter relay of Kayley McGonagle '18, Kate Kennedy '18, Davis Collison '21, and Megan Powell '20 finished 3rd with a time of 3:55.30. The 4x800 meter relay finished 2nd, bolstered by a solid start from Anna Harleen '18, consistently strong legs from Worters and Eliza Matt '18, and a great finish by Passannante. Their combined time was 9:16.21.

The Ephs scored 200 combined points over the course of the day, taking top honors in the NESCAC. The Tufts women placed 2nd with 115.5 points and were followed by Tufts with 96.5. Head Coach Nate Hoey said, "This was a great full team effort. We had stellar performances across all event areas. I want to recognize the senior class in their final NESCAC meet. They have done an outstanding job over the course of their careers and have given so much to the team. We are all really happy for them." The team will compete next weekend at DIII New England's at MIT.