Women's Track and Field 6th after Day Two of NCAA Championship

Caity Ubl '19
Caity Ubl '19

The women's track and field team kept things rolling today on day two of the NCAA Championship. Caitlin Ubl '19 emphatically finished off a great heptathlon, while Izabelle Ith '21, Megan Powell '20, Helene Hall '18, Emma Egan '20, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20, Kennedy Green '19, and Anna Passannante '20 also competed.

After the end of the first day of competition, Ubl was in 10th place in the heptathlon. She had a fantastic start to day two of the event, coming in 2nd in the long jump with an enormous personal best of 5.53m. In the javelin, Ubl threw farther with each attempt, culminating with a 28.23m, 14th place performance. Going into the last event, the 800 meters, Ubl needed a very fast time to secure an All-American placing. And she succeeded, running a personal best of 2:18.14 seconds to vault to 5th overall in the heptathlon, with 4636 points.

Ith competed in the prelims of the 100 hurdles. The first-year finished in 15.37 seconds, into a heavy headwind. Although she did not qualify for the finals, Ith has gained valuable championship experience that will serve her well in the future.

Powell ran in the prelims of the 400 meter dash. The sophomore ran a personal best of 56.50, finishing 13th overall. Powell will compete tomorrow in the finals of the 4x400.

Egan, Hall, and Thomas all competed in the finals of the high jump. Thomas, who had shaken off an injury in order to qualify for this meet, finished in 16th overall, clearing 1.65m. Hall managed to clear 1.68m, good for a tie for 6th overall for the senior. Egan had no misses through 1.71m, which ended up being the highest height she cleared, for 2nd place.

After a rain delay, Green ran in the 100 meter prelims. Competing on a wet track, and running into a heavy headwind, Green finished 2nd in her heat, qualifying for the finals on time with a 12.45 second clocking. Passannante competed right after Green in the prelims of the 800 meter dash. After a very fast early pace, Passannante finished 5th in her heat in a personal best 2:11.44, just missing qualifying for the finals.

Head Coach Nate Hoey was impressed with how the team performed today, saying, "today was a good day with lots of highlights and PRs. I'm proud of how we brought positive supportive energy and competed! I can't wait for tomorrow."

The Ephs will return to competition tomorrow for the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.