MIDDLETOWN, CT—In the first competition back from winter break, the Ephs competed at Wesleyan University against opponents Amherst College and Wesleyan University. The women came out on top, winning their 34th consecutive Little Three title and registering over 15 qualifying marks for DIII New Englands. By the end of the meet, Williams had 143 points, Wesleyan 109, and Amherst 100.
Starting off the meet, Anna Passannante '20 had a strong performance in the mile race. After spending the fall semester abroad, she won the race running a speedy 4.58—a strong start to her season. Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 also competed well, running a 5:34 and coming in 4th place. The distance squad continued to impress in the 1000 meter. Abby Scott '22 amazed the competition by winning her first collegiate race with a time of 3:08. The Williams women blew away the competition in the 3000 meter, with Brianna Bourne '21, Emily Harris '19, and Sarah Tully '21 coming in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.
The Ephs also excelled in the sprinting events. In the 60 meter dash, Williams swept, clinching 6 of the top 7 finishes. Kiara Tan '22 won the event with a 7.89 with Kennedy Green '19 following close behind with a 7.90. Deja Cunningham '22 and Ally Isley '20 tied for 3rd place with 8.08. In the 200 meters, Davis Collison '21 and Deja Cunningham '22 came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with 26.78 and 27.22 seconds. The sprinters continued their successes in the 400 meter race, with Ella Dunn '21 coming in in 2nd place with a time of 60.47 seconds, and Caity Ubl '19 winning the 600 meters with a quick 1:37.22.
In the horizontal and vertical jumping events, the extreme depth of the jumps squad was evident. In long jump, the Ephs finished in the top two positions. Emma Egan '20 won the event, leaping to 5.31 meters with Kelsie Hao '21 close behind jumping 5.17 meters. The incredible jumping performances continued in the triple jump with a 1, 2, 3 finish from Cailin Stollar '21, Isley, and Kene Odenigbo '19, respectively. Stollar finished with a best jump of 10.89 meters, Isley with 10.69 meters, and Odenigbo with 10.66 meters.
In high jump, Egan won with a huge jump of 1.75 meters, just one centimeter below her personal best. Odenigbo came in 2nd with 1.62 meters, a tie with her personal best, and Ubl in 3rd with a personal record of 1.57 meters. In pole vault, Maggie Murphy '19 and Kelsie Hao '21 came in 1st and 2nd, respectively, both jumping 3.50 meters. Murphy, however, edged Hao out of first place by having fewer misses in earlier heights.
Wrapping up the day, the throwers finished off the Ephs with huge performances, securing their win. In shot put, the Ephs finished with 7 of the top 10 finishes. Ubl came in 3rd place with a throw of 9.76 meters, and Egan in 4th with a 9.04 meter throw. In the weight throw, Thandi Steele and Mckenzie Stoker, both class of 2022, had great days. Coming in 2nd and 3rd, both women bested their throws, Steele with 11.53 meters and Stoker with 9.26 meters. Eph head coach Nate Hoey remarked, "It was great to have the whole team together. Little Threes is always a fun meet to kick off the new year. The team competed well. We have areas to improve upon and are looking forward to getting back to work."
The women will compete next on Friday, January 18th at the Joe Donahue Games held in the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA. The meet will begin at 2:30 PM. The NCAA DIII Indoor Championships will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center in March.