BRUNSWICK, ME—As day 1 of DIII New Englands comes to a close, Williams leads the championship with 48 points. Close behind in 2nd place is rival MIT with 36.50 points, and in 3rd is WPI with 17.50 points. Many of today's performances were unprecedented, with multiple personal records and two school/facility records.
The first event of the day was the 5000 meter race. The Ephs had the highest number of runners in the race and all four women raced well. Emily Harris '19 had a great race, finishing with a personal best of 7:31. This put her in 4th place, gaining the team 5 points. Emma Herrmann '20 ran a smart race and finished in 17:55, winning 1 point in 9th place.
The two relay teams that competed today had record breaking performances. The 4x200 meter team, composed of Kennedy Green '19, Davis Collison '21, Kiara Tan '22, and Megan Powell '20, crossed the finish line in a historically fast 1:44.31. This relay, placing in 2nd and earning 8 points for the team, broke the 7-year-old school record. The distance medley relay team, made up of Brianna Bourne '21, Ella Dunn '21, Abby Scott '22, and Anna Passannante '20, finished the event in a quick 1:50.12. This time earned the women 1st place, gaining 10 points for the team. Not only did the DMR win the All-Region title, but they set a new Farley Fieldhouse and meet record. This time places the DMR 2nd in the nation.
Once again, the Ephs had the most number of athletes of any school entered in the pentathlon. Starting off strong with the 60 meter hurdles, Izabelle Ith '21 won the event in 9.18 seconds, adding 873 points to her score. Summer Solstice Thomas '20 finished the event in 9.48 seconds, gaining 812 points. Sierra Loomis '20 crossed the line in 9.73, getting 763 points. The second event contested in the pentathlon was the high jump. Thomas finished in second place, jumping 1.62 meters, which earned her 759 points. Ith and Loomis finished the event with a jump of 1.50 and 1.38 meters, respectively, which translated to 621 and 491 points.
The third, and most foreign, event was the shot put. Despite how out of their comfort zone the event is, the women did very well. With a new personal best, Ith threw the 4kg implement 9.96 meters. This finish left her with 527 points. Thomas also threw a personal best, with her best throw having a distance of 9.19 meters and 477 points. Loomis finished the event with a throw of 7.34 meters and 357 points. In the penultimate event, the long jump, the three Ephs jumped to great distances. Thomas jumped a best of 5.19 meters which added 612 points to her final score. Ith jumped 5.13 meters, converting to 595 points, and Loomis's final jump was 4.84 meters and worth 516 points.
The final and most dreaded event, the 800 meter race, the women had incredible finishes. After a long day of competing, the Ephs had to push themselves to the limit. Thomas finished in an incredibly speedy, and personal best, time of 2:22. This won the event and gained Thomas 791 points. Loomis also had a great race, finishing in a time of 2:25 which is also a personal best. She finished right behind her teammate and finished with 744 points. Ith crossed the line of the 800 in 2:34 and acquired 639 points.
Overall in the pentathlon, Thomas won the championship for the second consecutive year. She finished with a total of 3451 points, which added 10 points to the team total. Ith finished with a strong 3255 points which put her in third place. This finish obtained 6 points for the Ephs. Loomis finished with 2871 points and in 10th place.
Continuing the day, Kelsie Hao '21 had a strong day in the pole vault. Jumping a strong 3.71 meters, Hao placed in 2nd, winning 8 points for the team. Tomorrow, more Ephs will join these women for day 2 of the championship. The meet will begin at 10:30AM.