SAN DIEGO, CA—In their second and final meet of their spring break training, the Ephs traveled to University of California, San Diego to compete at the California Collegiate Invitational. The field proved to be highly competitive with many strong Division II schools such as UC San Diego and Point Loma, and familiar Division III rivals such as George Fox, Middlebury, and MIT, along with other NCAA and NAIA teams. Before flying back to Massachusetts, many Ephs managed to post NESCAC and Division III New England qualifiers.
Starting the Ephs off on the track was Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. Although this was her first time racing this event, Fraser-Mines posted a solid time of 12:02 which won her 4th place. Next for the middle distance runners was the 1500 meter race. Brianna Bourne '21 finished the race in 4:44, ten seconds faster than her time posted the weekend before. This time put Bourne in 8th place. The 800 meter race followed soon after, with Anna Passannante '20 winning the race. In the final lap, Passannante put substantial space between her and second place, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:11.87, a time not far off from her lifetime best. Abby Scott '22 also competed in the 800 meter race, posting a new lifetime best of 2:16.41. This time placed her in 4th.
The women competing in the 5000 meter race for the Ephs performed exceptionally. Leading the Williams pack was Audrey Rustad '20. She finished in 2nd place with a time of 17:36. Following not too far behind was teammate Emma Hermann '20, who finished with a time of 17:43 and in 3rd place. Following Hermann was Sarah Tully '21, who ended in 6th place in 18:35.
Izabelle Ith '21 and Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 kicked things off for the sprinting Ephs in the 100 meter hurdles. Ith finished in 5th place with a time of 15.15, and Thomas finished in 9th with a time of 15.70. In the 400 meter dash, Megan Powell '20 won the event. In a season's best of 57.65, Powell pulled ahead of the second place finisher in the final 100 meters to cross first. Joining her were teammates Davis Collision '21 and Ella Dunn '21, who finished in 58.65 and 59.90 seconds respectively, claiming 6th and 9th place. In the 200 meter dash, Kennedy Green '21 fared well. Green finished in 5th place with a time of 25.68 seconds. The final individual sprinting event was the 400 meter hurdles, in which Caitlin Ubl '19 competed for the first time. Despite this, she competed intelligently and finished with a great time of 63 seconds and placed fifth.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Ubl, Collison, Thomas, and Powell had a great opening to the season, as this was their first time running the relay together. They finished in 3rd place with a solid time of 3:51.59.
The jump squad had a great day, with many lifetime bests and solid performances. In the long jump, Emma Egan '20 soared. In her only marked jump of the meet, she leaped to a distance of 5.47 meters to finish in 2nd place. Kiara Tan '22 finished closely behind with a lifetime best jump of 5.44 meters. This put her in 3rd place. Ith followed Tan with a best jump of 5.40 meters. Continuing in the horizontal jumps was Kene Odenigbo '19 and Cailin Stollar '21 in triple jump. Odenigbo had a solid series of jumps, with her best being 11.49 meters. As a new season's best, this jump put her in 3rd place. Stollar also had a solid series, with her best jump marking a distance of 11.14 meters, a new lifetime best. She finished in 9th place.
The vertical jumps continued the strong streak of the successful jumpers. In high jump, Egan won the competition, clearing a bar with the height of 1.73 meters, 10 centimeters higher than second place. Thomas finished in 5th place with a height of 1.63 meters. Odenigbo finished with a height of 1.58 meters, just one bar below Thomas, which put her in 9th place. In the pole vault, Kelsie Hao '21 finished with the highest height of 3.70 meters. Maggie Murphy '19 finished closely behind, with a height of 3.55 meters and in 5th place.
In the javelin throw, Morgan Dauk '21 had a season's best. She finished with a best throw of 32.77 meters and in 7th place.
By the end of the meet, UC San Diego had 197 points, Williams had 123.5 points, and Middlebury had 79.5 points. This meet exemplified how hard the Ephs work, and just how strong they are at all levels. The Ephs will return to training in Williamstown at Lee Track and Towne Fieldhouse. Most athletes will train through next weekend, but a small contingent will travel to Amherst to compete at the Amherst Invitational on April 6th.