BOSTON, MA—Today, the Ephs competed at the Joe Donahue Games at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. In a strong field composed of Northeastern University, University of New Haven, American International College, and Central Connecticut State University, the Ephs proved to be powerful competitors. The Ephs finished with numerous top 5 finishes, and even more qualifying marks.
Starting off the Ephs' success was senior captain Emily Harris in the mile. Harris finished with a PR in a quick 5:15, which earned her 4th place. This marks her first mile PR since high school. Following close behind were sophomores Brianna Bourne and Sarah Tully coming in 6th and 7th, respectively, with a 5:20 and 5:21. In middle distance, junior Anna Passannante impressed in the 800 meter race. Passannante won the event with a 2:15, a time that puts her in a good position this early in the season. Freshman Abby Scott and sophomore Chelsey Jordan also finished well in the 800, coming in with 2:21 and 2:35, which placed them in 3rd and 5th.
The sprinters continued the great performances in the 60 meter dash. Junior Ally Isley sped to the finish line in a time of 8.04, placing her in 5th. The women excelled in the 60 meter hurdles, winning 4 of the top 6 places. The group was led by senior captain Caity Ubl, who won the event in 9.01 seconds. Sophomore Izabelle Ith and juniors Summer-Solstice Thomas and Sierra Loomis followed Ubl, taking 3rd, 5th, and 6th place. They finished in 9.32, 9.86, and 10.13, respectively. In her first collegiate meet, freshman Liz Girvan had a great race in the 400 meter dash. She finished in an impressive 62 seconds, earning her 2nd place.
In the horizontal jumps, the Ephs demonstrated their incredible depth. Starting off with the long jump, the Ephs won 7 of the top 10 places. Ubl won the meet with a huge jump of 5.32 meters, with freshman Kiara Tan coming in 3rd at a jump of 5.25 meters. Ith and freshman Maria Chapman came in 4th and 5th, respectively, with jumps of 5.20 and 5.04 meters. In the triple jump, senior captain Kene Odenigbo was persistent, placing 5th with a strong jump of 10.92 meters. Sophomore Cailin Stollar finished close behind in 6th place with a jump of 10.78 meters.
The women shined in the vertical jumps. In high jump, Odenigbo came in second place with a nice height of 1.55 meters. In pole vault, sophomore Kelsie Hao and senior captain Maggie Murphy both had wonderful jumps at 3.55 meters. They placed in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, due to Hao having fewer misses at earlier bars.
In the throwing circle, freshman Thandi Steele had a successful day. As the lone Ephs thrower competing, she held her own. In the shot put, Steele finished in 10th place with a throw of 7.78 meters. In the weight throw, Steele threw 10.99 meters, which placed her in 8th. Although the team did well, team scores were not calculated for this invitational. On the strong performances, head coach Nate Hoey remarks, "the team brought energy and competed well today. Additionally, we got some good work in. We need to continue to take it one day at a time as we progress forward."
The team looks forward to competing next on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26 at the Middlebury Invitational in Middlebury, VT. This invitational will feature the first multi event of the season for the Ephs. The meet will begin at 2:00PM on Friday, and 11:00AM on Saturday.