Big Performances by the Ephs at the Tufts Cupid Challenge

Emily Harris '19
Emily Harris '19


BOSTON, MA—This weekend, the Ephs traveled to Tufts University to compete at their annual Cupid Challenge. This meet was not team scored, but they had impressive competition from many schools including MIT, Tufts, Middlebury, and Trinity. The Ephs ended the meet with countless top 5 finishes and many personal bests.

Starting off, the distance squad had great races. In the 5000 meter race, Emily Harris '19 got a huge PR, breaking her previous time by 40 seconds. She ran the race in 17:45 and came in third place. Sarah Tully '21 also had a tremendous race, breaking her previous best by 50 seconds. She ran 17:58, which placed her in 5th. In the 1000 meter race, Brianna Bourne '21 came in 4th place with a speedy 3:07. Anna Passannante '20 had an incredible 800 meter race. Winning the meet in just 2:11, she also broke the previous meet record for the 800 meters. Abby Scott '22 also had a solid race, coming in 3rd place in 2:21.

The sprinters also had a great day. Izabelle Ith '21 came in second in the 60 meter hurdles race, crossing the finish line in 9.15 seconds. Close behind her, teammate Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 finished in fourth place in 9.56 seconds. For this meet, the 60 meter dash had trials, semis, and finals. Williams represented well in each stage of the event, qualifying four women for semis and three for finals. Separating herself from the rest of the field, Kennedy Green '19 won the event with a season best of 7.83 seconds. Teammate Deja Cunningham '22 came in second with a new personal record of 8.03 seconds. Green and Cunningham continued to bring their speed to the 200 meter dash. Green came in second place, finished in 26.86 seconds. Cunningham finished with another personal best, finishing in 27.15 and fourth place. The longer sprinters did very well in the 400 meters.. Davis Collison '21 ran her race tactfully, coming in second place with a quick 59.08. In her first race of the season, Megan Powell '20 finished in 60 seconds and placed in 5th.

The two relay teams showed just how deep Williams' talent goes. In the 4x400 meter relay, the team, comprised of Collison, Thomas, Sierra Loomis '20, and Ith, came in third place with a time of 4:05. The 4x800 meter relay team won the event, distancing themselves by quite a bit from the other relay teams. Scott, Passannante, Bourne, and Erica Barrett '21 composed the winning team, finishing the race in 9:36.

The jumps squad had a day of many PRs and extreme depth. In the long jump, the Ephs had a 1, 2, 3 sweep. Winning the event was Kelsie Hao '21 who had a huge personal record of 5.46 meters. In second place was Kiara Tan '22. She had a solid best jump of 5.18 meters. In third place, Ith leaped to a distance of 5.16 meters. In the triple jump, after waiting nearly 6 hours at the meet, Cailin Stollar '21 and Kene Odenigbo '19 had impressive jumps. Coming in 4th place, Stollar jumped 10.81 meters. Odenigbo finished closely behind, jumping 10.77 meters and coming in 5th place.

In vertical jumps, the women executed their jumps extremely well. In the high jump, Odenigbo came in second place with a height of 1.60 meters. Thomas, jumping the same height, came in third place due to missing more earlier heights than Odenigbo. In the pole vault, both women had enormous jumps. Hao won the event, jumping 3.70 meters and beating her previous indoor personal best. Maggie Murphy '19 came in second place also jumping 3.70 meters. This marks a new lifetime best for Murphy.

In the throwing circle, Mazie Alexander '21 got a new personal best in the weight throw. She threw a strong 13.80 meters, placing her in 4th. On the success of today's meet, head coach Nate Hoey remarks, "Today was fun. It was full of waves and we never gave up, we competed well and we continue to learn and grow with every experience. We are looking forward to a good week of training ahead and the opportunities before us."

The Ephs continue to anticipate the long awaited DIII New England Championships, just three weeks away. The women return to Boston next Friday (February 8th) to compete in the Boston University Valentine Invite. The action will begin at 1:30PM.