MEDFORD, MA—Today, a small group of the Women's team traveled to compete at the Tufts Last Chance meet in hopes of a last minute qualification for the National Championship next weekend. In order to qualify for the championships, athletes must be in the top 20 nationwide. Many were successful in their mission, while others ended their Indoor season on a good note.
In the 60 meter dash, Kiara Tan '22 had a great race. Going into finals feeling confident, Tan started and finished strong. She ran a new personal best of 7.80 seconds, putting her in 19th place nationally. On the distance side, Emily Harris '19 competed well today. Going out quickly and maintaining her pace well, Harris finished in 17:26, which is converted to a banked track time of 17:18. The conversion counts as a personal record, and places her 20th nationally.
The field events also had good days. In high jump, Kene Odenigbo '19 had the performance of her life. Her previous personal best was 1.63 meters, and today she cleared two personal best bars. Her best cleared height was 1.68 meters, which puts her 13th on the national performance list. In pole vault, Maggie Murphy '19 was very pleased with her jumps. She had a best jump of 3.72 meters, a two centimeter personal record. This new best boosted her to be placed 14th nationally.
All in all, the Ephs had great performances today. Those that qualified for nationals are excited to continue training, and even more excited to compete this weekend. This year, the Ephs will be sending a record number of athletes in contention for the NCAA Division III title. The National Championships will be hosted at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The meet will begin Friday, March 8th at 10AM and continue into Saturday.