BRUNSWICK, ME—For a second time in a row, the Ephs won the DIII New Englands Championships. With a tremendous effort from the women in all events, the Ephs finished the meet with 140 points. MIT, the Ephs' biggest rivals, came in 2nd place with 87.50 points, and Tufts came in 3rd with 67 points.
Starting the day off well were the 60 meter dash women. All four Ephs that were entered in the race ended up in the event finals and scored points for the team. Kennedy Green '19 lead the group, finishing the event in just 7.83 seconds. Green obtained 10 points for the team. Deja Cunningham '22 had a great day, breaking 8 seconds in the event for the first time. She came in 6th place, running a quick 7.96 seconds and winning 3 points. Kiara Tan '22 finished in 7th place with a 7.97, scoring 2 points and Ally Isley '20 finished in 8th with a time of 8.06, gaining 1 point. Green continued her success in the 200 meters, running a fast time of 26.25. This put her in 3rd place, and gained 6 points.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Caity Ubl '19 did incredibly. In her first meet back after a month of caring for an injury, she ran an 8.84. This time put her in 2nd place, which gained 8 points. The 4x400 meter relay team also had a great day. They put a significant amount of distance between themselves and the other teams. Finishing in 4:53, Davis Collison '21, Summer Solstice Thomas '20, Ella Dunn '21, and Megan Powell '20 won the event and 10 points for the team. This time places the relay team in 2nd place nationwide.
The distance squad also proved to have stellar performances today, racking up a significant number of points. In the mile, Anna Passannante '20 separated herself from the pack, winning the event in a time of just 4:56. This not only won the team 10 points, but it was a new personal best for Passannante and places her 5th in the nation. In the 3000 meter race, Audrey Rustad '20 pulled through for the team and placed 7th, running a 10:01 and obtaining 2 points for the team.
The jumpers of the team executed every jump wonderfully, gaining points in every jumping event. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 had a best jump of 1.73 meters. This won her first place by two heights, winning 10 points for the team. Thomas and Kene Odenigbo '19 both had a best jump of 1.63 meters, a personal best for Odenigbo. The two women came in 4th and 5th places, respectively, winning 5 and 4 points. Odenigbo immediately went over to the triple jump, and won more points for the team in that event. Jumping an indoor personal best of 11.32 meters, Odenigbo finished in 2nd place, obtaining 8 points.
In the long jump, Egan also had a huge day. She finished in 2nd place, jumping a personal record of 5.54 meters. She scored 8 points. Izabelle Ith '21 also did well in the long jump, finishing in 4th place with a jump of 5.36 meters. She won 5 points for the team.
The Ephs leave their indoor team championships feeling accomplished and proud of their win. The women will now look forward to training for the NCAA National Championships, hosted in Boston in a few short weeks. Some members of the team will compete in a few last chance meets in hopes of reaching some last minute qualifying marks leading up to the national championships.