Ephs Tied for 12th After Day 1 of Nationals

Kelsie Hao '21
Kelsie Hao '21


BOSTON, MA—After day 1 of the NCAA Championships has come to a close, Williams sits in a 5-way tie for 12th place with 8 points. They are currently positioned 16 points behind Washington University, the top team going into day 2. Day 1 was mainly comprised of preliminary events with a few events having finals, allowing those athletes to directly contend for points and All-American status. The Ephs competed well, and many look forward to competing in their events' finals tomorrow.

Starting the day of with a bang was Caitlin Ubl '19 in the 60 meter hurdles. She came into today's race seeded 7th, but she was pushed by other runners in her heat. She finished the race in 8.66 seconds, a PR by almost 2 tenths. Not only does this place Ubl in 2nd and qualify her for finals, but this is a new Williams record. She looks to continue her success in finals tomorrow. Joining Ubl in the sprints, Kiara Tan '22 raced in the 60 meter dash today. She closed the race in 7.86 seconds, putting her in 19th place overall.

The women in pole vault showed up and performed today. Kelsie Hao '21 had a great day, clearing bar after bar. With only one missed bar until her final height, Hao finished with a height of 3.80 meters, just 2 centimeters shy of her personal best. This jump was good enough to place Hao in 5th, which gained 4 points for the team. Maggie Murphy '19 also had a good day, finishing will a final jump of 3.60 meters, placing in 13th.

Anna Passannante '20 had incredible races in both the 800 meter and mile races. Beginning with the mile, Passannante ran a smart race. Keeping up with the pack, and leading the pack at some points, Passannante won her heat with a time of 5:03. This puts her in 4th place. Just an hour, Passannante came back in the 800 meters.  Running evenly paced for all 4 laps, she finished with a time of 2:13. Her time is good enough for 5th place. She will be returning tomorrow for finals in both races. In the 5000 meters, Harris represented the Ephs well. She crossed the finish line in 17:29, which won her 14th place.

The 4x400 meter relay team, made up of Davis Collison '21, Ella Dunn '21, Ubl, and Megan Powell '21 executed the race perfectly. As the first leg, Collison got out quickly to get the early lead. The team didn't lose the lead for the entire race, finishing first in their heat with a time of 3:51. This places the relay team in 4th going into finals tomorrow. The DMR relay, comprised of Brianna Bourne '21, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20, Abby Scott '22, and Audrey Rustad '20 raced with heart. They finished in 12:09, placing them 12th in finals.

Not only did Thomas compete well in the DMR, but earlier in the day she competed in the pentathlon. In the first event of the pent, the 60 meter hurdles, Thomas finished in 9.49 seconds. After the success of the first event, she moved onto the high jump where she jumped a solid height of 1.62 meters. After high jump, she competed in the shot put, throwing the implement 9.32 meters. This marks a new personal best for Thomas in the shot put. The fourth event was the long jump. Thomas' had an okay start to the event, but soared on her last jump to a distance of 5.35 meters. Heading into the final event, the 800 meter, Thomas in comfortable place but she wanted to close out the event strongly. She crossed the finish line in a new personal best of 2:22, and second in her heat. She finished the pentathlon with a whopping 3507 points. This finish put her in 5th place, winning 4 points for the team.

The meet with continue tomorrow at 10 AM, when the Ephs look to improve their standings in finals.