Ephs Sweep the Pentathlon in Day 1 of the Middlebury Invitational

Izabelle Ith '21
Izabelle Ith '21


MIDDLEBURY, VT—Today, the 5 multis competed in their first pentathlon of the season at the Middlebury Invitational held at the Virtue Field House. The women performed well in all five events, resulting in many pentathlon and lifetime PRs.

Starting out in the 60 meter hurdles, Caitlin Ubl '19 won the event in a new PR of 8.83 seconds, scoring an amazing 946 points. In second place, Izabelle Ith '21 ran a quick 9.28 which gained her 852 points. Emma Egan and Summer-Solstice Thomas, both '20,came in 3rd and 4th, respectively, in times of 9.57 and 9.61 seconds. These times awarded the women 794 and 787 points. Sierra Loomis '20 had a huge PR in the first even of the day with 9.88 seconds, placing her in 5th. This got her 735 points.

The second event of the day was the high jump. Egan blew away the competition with a huge jump of 1.74 meters, placing her in first. This jump got her 903 points. Thomas also had a great day in the event, coming in second place with a jump of 1.59 meters and 724 points. Ubl and Ith impressed, with Ubl jumping 1.56 meters, a new pentathlon PR, and Ith jumping 1.53 meters, a new PR. They came in 3rd and 4th, winning 689 and 655 points, respectively. Loomis came in sixth place with a jump of 1.41 meters and 523 points.

Thirdly, the women switched to throwing to compete in the shot put. Ubl separated herself from the rest of the competition with a throw of 9.60 meters and 503 points. In second place, Ith threw a strong 9.03 meters to get her 466 points. Egan and Thomas also had solid throws of 8.88 and 8.70 meters, respectively, to get them 3rd and 4th place. Loomis threw a PR of 8.08 meters, awarding her 405 points and sixth place.

After shot put, the Ephs transitioned to the runway, their comfort zone, to compete in the long jump. Ith led the horizontal jump, flying into the pit at a distance of 5.43 meters. The jump got her 680 points. Following closely behind, Egan had a solid jump of 5.35 meters gaining 657 points. Thomas also performed well, coming in 3rd place with a jump of 4.97 meters and 551 points. In fourth place, Loomis did well, jumping 4.78 meters, a jump worth 500 points.

Lastly, the pentathletes approached the event they fear the most. The 800 meter race tests their stamina, something that is not contested in the other four events that compose the pentathlon. Going into the last event, the women knew what they had to run in order to qualify for nationals, DIII New Englands, or both. Thomas and Loomis came out strong, crossing the first 400 meters in a quick 69 seconds. Loomis then sped past Thomas to finish the 800 in a time of 2:30, adding the last 686 points to her final score. Thomas came in 2nd, finishing in 2:34 and earning 632 points. Ith and Egan ran the entire race together. But in the final 50 meters, Ith sprinted ahead to clinch 3rd place in the event with a time of 2:37. Egan finished close behind with a time of 2:38. They received 599 and 596 points, respectively.

All four Ephs who finished the 5 events successfully qualified for DIII New Englands. Egan ended up winning the pentathlon with a high scoring 3406. This places her fourth on the Williams College all-time list and third in national standings. Ith, in second place, bested her previous pentathlon PR by 108 points, finishing with 3252 points. This ranks her fifth on the school's all-time list, and is currently ranked fourth in the nation. Thomas finished with 3139 points, a finish that earned her eighth on the Williams' all-time list and sixth in the nation. Loomis also bested her previous PR by 689 points, finishing with a total of 2849. In her second ever pentathlon, Loomis qualified for the DIII New England Championships.

The multis finished day 1 of the invitational with extremely impressive performances. The Ephs gained 29 points and lead second place St. Lawrence by 25 points. The rest of the Ephs plan to continue the good work of the multis during day 2, beginning tomorrow at 9:00AM.