Women's Track and Field Finishes 6th at NCAA Championships

Kennedy Green '19
Kennedy Green '19

La Crosse, WI—The women's track and field team concluded the season today on Day Three of the NCAA Championships. The Ephs finished 6th overall, with 31.5 points from many tremendous performances.

Victoria Kingham '18 got things started for the Ephs in the 3000 steeplechase. The senior battled through the hot conditions and a blazing pace to finish 6th in an enormous personal best of 10:32.25, scoring 3 points and earning All-American honors.

Brianna Bourne '21 competed in the finals of the 1500. The first-year had a gritty performance, kicking hard to finish 10th overall in 4:35.19. Her experience at this meet will serve Bourne well over her next three years for the Ephs.

Kennedy Green '19 competed in the finals of the 100. Although Green was the last qualifier into the meet, she made the most of the occasion, finishing 8th in 12.34 into a slight headwind, earning All-America honors for the second straight season, and scoring a point for the Ephs.

In the 400 hurdles, Kate Kennedy '18 had an awesome performance, breaking the school record for the second straight day. The senior finished 2nd overall in 59.88 seconds, scoring 8 points and garnering All-America honors, nearly a one second improvement of the school record of 1:00.63 she ran yesterday.

And Kennedy wasn't done after that 400 hurdles performance. She returned, along with Kayley McGonagle '18, Davis Collison '21, and Megan Powell '20 in the finals of the 4x400. After three great legs from McGonagle, Kennedy, and Collison, Powell brought the Ephs home with a stupendous 54.2 relay split (for reference, although relay splits tend to be a few tenths faster than open results, 54.2 would have finished 2nd in the open 400). Through all the relay members' efforts, the Ephs finished 4th, scoring 5 final points.

Head Coach Nate Hoey was proud of his team, saying, "What a weekend. To see so many PRs and strong performances as we had this weekend was outstanding. I could not be more proud of this amazing team. They carry a positive, hard working attitude each and every day. It's a privilege to be able to work with them."

This meet concludes the 2017-18 season for Williams Track and Field. The Ephs will return to competition as a running program on September 8, at the Little Three Cross Country Championships. The track team will return to competition in December.