WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—This weekend, the Ephs hosted their first meet of the season, competing against familiar competition Middlebury, WPI, and RPI. While this was not a team scoring meet, many Ephs posted qualifying marks for the upcoming NESCAC championships and bettered their positions within the conference. The meet began in pouring rain, but eventually the weather cleared up making for great, warm conditions.
Starting off the meet was Emily Harris '19 in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Winning the overall meet, Harris completed the event in just 11:09. This time puts her first in the conference. Continuing in the distance events was the 1500 meter race. Brianna Bourne '21 led the Williams pack, finishing the event in a time of 4:46 and in 3rd place. Abby Scott '22 finished closely behind with a time of 4:48 and in 4th place. This marks a new lifetime best in the 1500 for Scott.
Scott also had a good day in the 800 meter race, coming in 3rd place with a time of 2:21. Following her were teammates Erica Barrett '21 and Grace Dailey '22, who both had lifetime bests in the events. Finishing in 4th and 5th, respectively, both women finished in 2:22.
The sprinters performed well, feeding off of the energy from the home crowd. Kennedy Green '19 won the 100 meter dash, finishing in 12.36 to tie the conference best. In the 200 meter dash, Rachel Hurst '19 had a great race. She finished 5th in the event, with a time of 26.83. This marks a lifetime best by almost half a second. To finish the individual running events, Megan Powell '20 won the 400 meter dash in a time of 58.70 seconds. Liz Girvan '22 finished in 4th place, marking a new personal best with a time of 60.65 seconds.
In the jumps, Maggie Murphy '19 and Kelsie Hao '21 finished well in pole vault. They both jumped a height 3.55 meters, with Murphy tying for 3rd and Hao finishing in 5th. Tan and Hao continued their days in the long jump, both performing well. Tan jumped a distance of 5.41 meters, enough to get her 2nd place at the meet. Hao had decent jumps throughout the meet, but jumped a distance of 5.33 meters for her final jump to win her 3rd place.
The throwers has a stellar day. In the shot put, Mazie Alexander '21 had a monster personal best. In her first throw of finals, she launched the shot 11.77 meters which was enough to win the meet. In the discus throw, Morgan Dauk '21 had a good series. She finished on her best throw, which had a distance of 31.75 meters. This was enough to clench 4th place. Dauk also performed very well in the javelin throw. Not only did this throw win the meet, but it put her as #2 on the Eph's top-10 all time list. Alexander continued her impressive day in the hammer throw. Each successive throw was a personal best, ending on a throw of 44.66 meters, nearly a 5 meter lifetime best.
After a successful day at the home track, the women will take this week to continue training in hopes of winning their 6th consecutive NESCAC team title. The championships will be hosted in Middlebury, Vermont by Middlebury College. The action will begin on Saturday, April 27th at 9:00AM.