Ephs Seek to Defend Title at DIII New England Championships This Weekend

Emma Egan '20
Emma Egan '20

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—This weekend, the Ephs will travel to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine to compete in the DIII New England Championships. Currently ranked #2 in the nation by USTFCCCA, the Ephs return to the championships hoping to continue their reign.

This weekend, the women will be competing against a very strong field with rivals such as Middlebury, Bates, #5 ranked MIT, and 2018 national champions UMass Boston. DIII New England Championships is the team's biggest indoor competition, aside from the national championship, and is the equivalent of the NESCAC Championship for the indoor season.

The short squad will showcase their extreme depth, starting in the 60-meter dash. Kennedy Green '19 is currently ranked 1st in the DIII New England region and will look to maintain this ranking. Also competing in the 60-meter dash are Kiara Tan '22, currently ranked 2nd, Ally Isley '20, and Deja Cunningham '22. Green and Tan plan to gain some points in the 200-meter dash, as well. Caity Ubl will take to the 60-meter hurdles race. Currently ranked 6th nationally, she will be racing against two other national top 5 hurdlers.

The 4x200 relay team, comprised of Green, Tan, Megan Powell '20, and Davis Collison '21, are ranked highly in the region and will most likely contribute to the team's overall score. Collison and Powell will join Nicole Wilkinson '22 and Ella Dunn '21 in the #1 ranked 4x400 meter relay.

For the distance squad, Anna Passannante '20 will make an impact on the team in the mile as she is ranked 3rd going into the weekend. Emily Harris '19 and Sarah Tully '21 will tackle the longer distances for the Ephs. Harris will be running in both the 3000 meter and the 5000-meter races and Tully will join Harris in the 5000-meter race. In addition to the individual races, a few of the members of the distance squad will join Dunn to compete in the distance medley relay. Brianna Bourne '21 will run the 1200-meter leg, Dunn the 400-meter leg, Abby Scott '22 the 800 leg, and Passannante will run the mile. This race will be especially exciting because the top 5 nationally ranked DMR teams will be competing for points.

In the horizontal jumps, Kelsie Hao '21, Izabelle Ith '21, Emma Egan '20, and Tan will all compete in the long jump. All four women are placed in the top 15 going into this weekend, once again proving how strong the jumps squad is.

Kene Odenigbo '19, Cailin Stollar '21, and Ally Isley '20 will join the horizontal jumps in the triple jump. They are all positioned well to contribute points to the team. Odenigbo and Egan, currently ranked 1st in the nation, will also take their power to vertical jumps, where they will compete in the high jump. Summer Solstice Thomas '20 will be joining her teammates in the high jump. In the pole vault, the unstoppable pair of Hao and Maggie Murphy '19 hope to continue their strong season this weekend. Hao is currently ranked 6th in the nation. 

In addition to their jumping events, Ith, Thomas and Sierra Loomis '19 will compete in the pentathlon. Ith and Thomas are ranked 1st and 2nd, with Loomis not far behind in 10th. In her DIII New England debut, Mazie Alexander '21 will represent the throwing squad. Competing in the weight throw, she is going into this weekend ranked 12th and hopes to improve that placing.

On the exciting upcoming weekend, head coach Nate Hoey remarks, "The indoor New England championship meet is always a high energy, exciting event. New England is arguably the strongest region in the country, so it's a very competitive meet in all event areas. We are really looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to compete against some of the best." The pentathlon, DMR, Pole Vault, 5000 meter, and the 4x200 meter relay will take place on Friday. The rest of the events will be held on Saturday. The championship meet will begin at Bowdoin at 2:00 PM.