CAMBRIDGE, MA—Today the Ephs traveled to Cambridge to compete in the annual Dick Farley/ Gordon Kelly Williams vs. MIT Dual Meet. After having anticipated this meet for weeks, the Ephs came out on top with 108 points and MIT finished with 76 points. Scoring for this meet is slightly different with only the top 4 athletes in each event scoring points for their team. First place won 5 points, second place 3 points, third place 2 points, and fourth place 1 point. The sunny weather was perfect for today's meet with numerous athletes posting personal best marks. In addition to the dual meet, a couple athletes traveled to the Bucknell Invitational.
Beginning the meet with the 3000 meter steeplechase, Brianna Bourne '21 finished on top with a personal best of 11:39. This marked her first time racing in the steeplechase. Close behind her was teammate Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 who also finished with a personal best of 11:42, a time good enough for second place. In the 1500 meters, the Ephs finished with 3 of the top 4 performances. Anna Passannante '20 led the pack, finishing with a time of 4:33, putting her in first place. Erica Barrett '21 finished in third place with a time of 4:58. In 4th place was Grace Dailey '22 with a time of 5:12.
In the 800 meter race, Abby Scott '22 ran a lifetime best of 2:16, placing in third. In the final distance race of the day, Williams took 3 of the top 4 places. Sarah Tully '21 came in second in the 5000 meter race, running a time of 18:39. Lindsay Klickstein '19 and Sarah Jane O'Connor '22 finished in third and fourth, respectively, running times of 18:57 and 19:10.
The sprinters started off with the 100 meter hurdles, in which Izabelle Ith '21 won. She crossed the finish line in 15.15 seconds. Right behind her was Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 with a time of 15.62. She finished in second place. In the 400 meter dash, Ella Dunn '21 dominated the field. She won by over 2 seconds with a time of 58.68 seconds. Liz Girvan '22 ran a time of 62.17 seconds, which put her in third place. Close behind was Liza Jacoby '22, who ran 63.42 finishing in 4th place.
In the 100 meter dash, Kennedy Green '19 topped the competition with a time of 12.43 seconds. Kiara Tan '22 finished closely behind her teammate, crossing the finish line in 12.52 seconds. Winning 1 point for the team was Davis Collison '21, who ran a time of 12.77 seconds to come in 4th. Continuing their successes in the 200 meter dash, the Ephs won all top four spots. Winning the event was Tan, with a time of 25.68 seconds. Green finished closely behind with a 25.99. Megan Powell '20 ran 26.02 and Collison finished in 26.15 seconds.
Finishing the running events was the 4x400 meter relay team, composed of Girvan, Dunn, Scott, and Powell. They beat the MIT relay team by just under a second, running a time of 3:57.85.
The field events had outstanding performances. The vertical jumps led the squad, starting with high jump. Emma Egan '20 won the event, jumping a height of 1.70 meters. Kene Odenigbo '20 followed her teammate, placing in second with a jump of 1.64 meter. Kelsie Hao '21 had a huge day in the pole vault. She finished with a height of 3.91 meters, a lifetime best of 10 centimeters. This not only won her the meet, but this also marks a new Williams College outdoor record in the pole vault. This new best now puts her in first place on the Nationals Performance List. Maggie Murphy had a final jump of 3.40 meters, finishing in fourth place.
The horizontal jumps followed the triumphs of the vertical jumps. In the long jump, Williams won the top three spots. Winning the meet was Ith with a best jump of 5.53 meters. In second place was Egan with a final jump of 5.50 meters, and in third place was Hao with a jump 5.43 meters. In the triple jump, Cailin Stollar '21 had a stellar performance. With each jump a new personal best, she finished with a best jump of 11.41 meters. This was a lifetime best by just under 30 centimeters, and this put her in first place.
In the throwing circle, the Ephs posted many impressive performances. Ith finished in third in the shot put, having her best throw be 9.56 meters. Thomas finished in fourth place with a throw of 9.19 meters. In the discus throw, Morgan Dauk '21 placed third after throwing a personal best of 32.68 meters. Dauk continued to perform well in the javelin throw. She won the event, with a margin of 7 meters on second place. Her final throw was 34.22 meters. McKenzie Stoker '22 had a personal best throw of 21.94 meters, finishing in third place. Theresa Morley-McLaughlin '21 also threw a personal best, with her furthest distance being 16.91 meters. This was enough for 4th place.
Emily Harris '19 and Emma Hermann '20 ran the 10k race at the Bucknell Invitational. Both women had great races. Hermann finished the race in 35:52, a new lifetime best for the junior. This time puts her in 4th place nationally. Harris also ran a lifetime best in the event, finishing in 36:32, which puts her just below her teammate in 6th place nationally.
The Ephs look forward to hosting their first home meet of the season next Saturday. The Williams Invitational will have Middlebury, Amherst, Oneota, and WPI. The meet will begin at 12PM at the Lee Track.