HANOVER, NH— The Williams College track team scored 31.12 points to come in 7th place at the NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championships. They were the highest scoring Division III team of the day, finishing behind leader Northeastern and runner-up Dartmouth. The aim of the weekend was to put down some solid end-of-season performances and potentially qualify for NCAA Nationals in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
On the 1st day of competition, Emma Herrmann '20 led from the gun in the 10,000 meter run, working together with teammate Sarah Tully '21 to run away from the field. Herrmann crossed the line ahead of all comers, clocking a 36:39.61. In the other distance event of the evening, Victoria Kingham '18 ran an excellent race under the lights. The senior hit a season best by 10 seconds, finishing 16:56.49 for 4th overall. On the shorter distance side, Kennedy Green '19 sprinted to a 6th place finish in the preliminary round of the 100 meter dash. She clocked 12.20 and qualified for the final on Saturday afternoon.
Caitlin Ubl '19 began the heptathlon on Friday, starting off the day with a personal best in the 100 meter hurdles, clocking 15.01 seconds for a 3rd place finish in the events. She stuttered in high jump, clearing a few bars under her best for a mark of 1.47 meters. But, she bounced back in the shot put, throwing a heptathlon personal best of 8.78 meters and sprinting the 200 meters in 26.47 seconds. She opened up day 2 with a leap of 5.25 meters in the long jump and took her momentum to the javelin runway, earning a lifetime best mark of 29.97 meters. Ubl lined up for 800 in 5th, but managed to capitalize on the speed of a Dartmouth competitor to place 2nd in the event and leapfrog into 2nd place overall. The junior finished with a score of 4,578 points, a personal best of 102 points. She currently sits in 8th on the national performers' list and 3rd on the Williams all-time list.
On day 2 of the meet, Green returned for the 100 meter dash finals. She finished in 7th overall with a time of 12.52. Rounding out the individual scorers, Summer-Solstice Thomas made her triumphant return to the high jump circle, soaring over 1.60 meters on her first attempt.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Kayley McGonagle '18, Kate Kennedy '18, Davis Collison '21, and Megan Powell '20 ran a season best time of 3:48.41 for 3rd. McGonagle ran a strong first leg, shooting out of the blocks and circling the track in 58 seconds. Kennedy was next, blazing by some competitors on the homestretch and splitting a mid 56 second leg. Collison took the baton and held her own against the defending 400 meter national champion, Wadeline Jonathas of UMass Boston. She stayed tall and bouncy down the final hundred meters, going stride for stride with Jonathas to the handoff zone. Powell closed for the Ephs, splitting a 55 second leg and pulling the team into 3rd place. The quartet now sits in 6th on the Williams all time list and 3rd on the national performers' list for the relay this year.
Head Coach Nate Hoey said, "We had some outstanding performances this weekend. However, we faced our fair share of challenges and will apply those lessons moving forward. I'm really excited about our next steps." Even after the stellar performances this weekend, the season is far from over. Some competitors will rest in preparation for Nationals, but others will compete at the MIT Last Chance Meet on May 17th.