2nd-Ranked Ephs Travel to La Crosse for NCAA Track & Field Championships, May 24-26

2018 NESCAC Champions
2018 NESCAC Champions

HARTFORD, CT—Thirteen women will represent Williams College at the NCAA Division III National Championship. There will be twelve individual entries and a relay entered for the Ephs. In the team competition, Williams is ranked 2nd nationally behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and just ahead of UMass Boston, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and George Fox. It will be a tight team race.

Caitlin Ubl will start off the weekend for the Ephs, beginning with the 100 meter hurdles in the heptathlon. With a personal best of 4,576 points, the junior is ranked 6th going into the event. After adding 721 points to her score from last year, this will be her first time at NCAA Nationals, and she is excited compete with the best of Division III.

Emma Egan '20, Helene Hall '18, and Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 are ranked 1-3-6 going into Friday's high jump competition. Egan, the defending national champion in the event, will go into the competition ranked 1st with a season best leap of 1.73 meters this spring. Helene Hall, the indoor runner-up in the event, has cleared 1.71 en route to her NESCAC championship in April. And, Thomas, an All-American in the high jump and the heptathlon cleared 1.70 meters last Thursday to qualify for the event. The three look to stand atop the podium and score valuable points for Williams on the high jump apron.

First-year Izabelle Ith was an All-American in the indoor long jump, but returns to the outdoor edition of the championship meet ranked 20th in another event: the 100 meter hurdles. The versatile sprinter-jumper looks forward to improving upon her personal best of 14.56 seconds from the NESCAC championships and hopes to make the final in La Crosse. Kennedy Green will run the same distance without hurdles. The speedy junior placed 7th indoor in the 60 meter dash and hopes to continue climbing up the rankings in a slightly longer sprint. Her seed time of 12.12 ranks her 21st on the list of competitors for this weekend, but Green is known as a gritty competitor and is sure to thrive in the high-energy environment of the national championship meet. Anna Passannante is in a similar boat. No one can match the sophomore's fiery kick and back-half speed in the 800 meter dash. Though the 2:12.32 she ran at the MIT last chance meet ranks her 16th going into the competition, she will battle to make the finals in the event and hopes to contend for her second-straight season of All-American honors.

Mid-distance athlete Brianna Bourne '21 has shown her perseverance already this season, dueling down the final straight at the MIT final qualifier to earn her qualifying time of 4:31.71 With that effort, she is ranked 9th going into the meet and hopes to make the Saturday final. Victoria Kingham will race one last weekend wearing the Ephs' singlet. With a seed of 10:48.94, the senior is part of a pile-up in the mid to high 10:40s and has plenty of room to pick up some spots in the Thursday preliminaries.

Megan Powell '20, Kate Kennedy '18, Kayley McGonagle '18, and Davis Collison '21 garnered All-American honors in the 4x400 meter relay on the indoor national stage and look to repeat, and even contend for the top spot, at the outdoor championship. They will enter the meet ranked 4th with a mark of 3:48.41. 3 of the members of the relay team will run individual events as well. Powell has qualified individually for her second straight time and currently sits in 16th with a season best of 56.62. Add hurdles to that distance, and McGonagle and Kennedy thrive. Kennedy ran a personal best of 1:01.15, closely approaching the 1:01:00 barrier, at the MIT Last Chance Meet. The senior is ranked 6th and hopes to finish her final campaign on a high note. McGonagle looks to do the same, ranked 17th with a qualifying time of 1:02.01. Having traveled for the same individual event last year, this time, McGonagle hopes to make the final.

As one of the biggest contingents in Division III, the Ephs will vie for the national title. Coming of a runner-up finish indoor, they have their eyes set on the top of the podium.