Ephs 2nd at Division III New England Championships

Kennedy Green '19
Kennedy Green '19

BOSTON, MA- Following their victory at the NESCAC championship last Saturday, a group of Ephs traveled to MIT to compete at the Division III Championships. Some athletes chose to rest as they looked forward to other championship meets ahead, but others decided to throw down this weekend and hit some season best marks. In the team competition, the Ephs placed 2nd  with 69 points behind rival MIT and ahead of UMass Boston, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, among many others. MIT scored 151.

First-year Kelsie Hao continued her successful campaign in the pole vault, keeping a clean card until her final clearance at 3.55 meters. She placed 3rd in the event and was followed by junior Maggie Murphy, who soared over 3.40 meters for a 6th place finish. Over on the high jump apron, the Ephs continued their success in the vertical jumps. Emma Egan '20 matched her season best of 1.71 meters to take the win with one less attempt at the final height than Helene Hall '18, who also cleared 1.71. This clearance bettered Hall's season best by 2 centimeters and assures her a spot at NCAA Nationals in late May.

On the track, the 4x100 meter relay of Ally Isley '20, Kennedy Green '19, Megan Powell '20, and new addition Davis Collison '21 placed 3rd on the day, getting the baton around the track in 48.59 seconds. Collison, a successful new addition to the relay squads, habitually competes in longer sprints. She placed 7th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.97. Yet, all comers in the event were led by sophomore Megan Powell, who sprinted to a stellar finish in 57.24 seconds. Green, however, is at home in the short sprints, placing 2nd behind the reigning national champion in the 100 meter dash. The junior sprinted to a personal best by one hundredth of a second to better her standing on the national performance list. The junior is currently tied for 15th.

Kate Kennedy is having an excellent senior season. Kennedy has been hovering around 61 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles all spring, and produced another solid performance of 1:01.72 for 3rd place. Her teammate Kayley McGonagle '18 dipped back under 63 seconds in the same event to place 5th with a time of 1:02.98. The Ephs' sole representative in the javelin, Morgan Dauk '21, heaved an enormous personal best throw of 38.09 meters to place 8th overall. This marked a season best by about 20 feet to end the first-year's season on a high note. 

Perhaps the most impressive individual performances happened on the triple jump runway this morning. First-year Cailin Stollar knew she had hit a personal best when she looked back as she rose up from the sand and noticed she was further into the pit than she had ever been of a 32'6 board. That jump measured 11.13 centimeters, a personal best by over 20 centimeters and her first time breaking 11 meters. She placed 9th amongst a competitive field. It was a big day for the Williams horizontal jumpers. Kene Odenigbo '19 extended through her second phase to create a huge 3rd jump, earning a mark of 11.61 meters. The junior has worked hard in the weight room and on the runway all year to get to this point, and that huge leap was the culmination of all of her hard work. The jump marks a season best by almost 50 centimeters, a lifetime best of about 30 centimeters, and puts her in the hunt for a national qualifying bid.

Some Ephs will end their seasons at this point and begin preparing for final exams, but others will continue on to the NEICAAA championships at Dartmouth College next Friday and Saturday.