RIVERSIDE, CA—This Thursday and Friday, the Ephs sent three women to compete at the UC Riverside Classic Invitational in the heptathlon. With a competitive field full of Division I and III schools, including UC Riverside, La Verna, and Oregon State, this meet was a perfect start to the outdoor season.
Day 1 began on a high note with the 100 meter hurdles. Caitlin Ubl '19 ran a perfect race, finishing in 14.46 seconds. She crossed the finish line first out of all the women, setting a new personal best and putting herself 5th on the Williams all-time list. This performance earned her 914 points. Izabelle Ith '21 also had a great start to the multi with a time of 15.10, finishing the event with 828 points. Teammate Sierra Loomis '20 also had a lifetime best, finishing with a time of 16.45 seconds and 660 points.
The successful day continued with high jump. Ubl had a best height of 1.53 meters, which gained her 655 points. Ith followed close behind with a height of 1.50 meters and 621 points. Loomis finished high jump with 1.35 meters as her best jump, which added 460 points to her total. After high jump, the women transitioned to shot put. For the second time that day, Ubl had a lifetime best, throwing the shot 10.69 meters. This throw awarded her 575 points. Ith finished the event with a best throw of 9.57 meters and 501 points. Loomis threw the shot 7.66 meters, gaining 377 points.
The last event of day 1 was the 200 meter dash. Ubl finished the day off with a lifetime best, running the event in 25.51 seconds. This performance gained her 841 points. Ith and Loomis finished the event with 27.29 and 27.49, respectively. They added 688 and 672 points to their final score.
After having a tiring but triumphant day 1, the Ephs were ready to post some big marks for day 2. The second day began with the long jump. Jumping extremely consistently, Ubl opened the day with a best jump of 5.43 meters and 680 points. Ith also jumped well, finishing with a best jump of 5.36 meters and 660 points. Loomis finished the day with a personal best jump of 5.07 meters, which awarded her 578 points.
The penultimate event was the javelin throw, one of the most nerve-wracking events. It is very easy for athletes to foul out of the event if the javelin lands incorrectly. All three athletes finished the event with strong throws, with Ith and Loomis receiving marks for the first time. Ubl had a furthest throw of 26.63 meters, adding 413 points to her total. Ith had a solid best of 21.05 meters and 308 points. Loomis finished right behind Ith with a final throw of 18.42 meters and 260 points.
With the 800 meter race as the final event of the heptathlon, the women pushed to finish all their hard work on a high note. Ubl finished the two laps in a mere 2:16, a new lifetime best. This time was the fastest 800 of the heptathlon, and she was awarded 871 points. Loomis also had a great race, finishing in 2:28 which placed her fourth in the event. This performance obtained 709 points. Ith followed closely behind with a fast time of 2:33, awarding her 644 points.
After all 7 events were completed, Ubl finished with a total of 4949 points. This total put her in second place for the meet. Not only was this a personal best, but this also broke a 14-year-old school record by 18 points. Ith finished in 7th place with 4250 points, a personal best. This finish also puts her 5th on the Williams all time list. Loomis had a solid first pentathlon, finishing in 10th place with a total of 3716 points.
The rest of the team will join the multis in beginning their outdoor season at the Point Loma Invitational hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University tomorrow in San Diego, California. They will compete against local schools, as well as familiar teams like Middlebury College and Tufts University. The meet will begin with the hammer throw at 9AM PT.