MIDDLEBURY, VT—The weather was less than ideal, with a lot of rain in the morning and even more wind in the evening. But, that did not phase the Ephs as they took home their 6th consecutive, 26th all-time, NESCAC title. The Ephs finished on top with 165 points, Middlebury with 145.5, and Bowdoin with 109 points. Each event was scored the same, with top 8 places scoring points for their team with a breakdown of 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
The day began with the women's 10000 meter race. The Ephs started off strong with Emma Herrmann '20 coming in second place with a time of 36:18. Emily Harris '19 followed closely behind her teammate, finishing in third with a time of 36:56. The distance women continued in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 finished with a time of 11:50 which was good enough to secure third place. Teammate Brianna Bourne '21 suffered a fall early in the race, but she managed to brush it off to finish in fifth place with a time of 12:13.
Anna Passannante '20 won yet another race, cruising to the finish line in first place in the 1500 meter race. She won comfortably with a time of 4:36. Passannante didn't stop there, clinching second place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.
On the sprints side, Izabelle Ith '21 started the ladies off well. Racing a season best in the 100 meter hurdles, she crossed the finish line in a time of 14.70 seconds. This won her second place. In the 100 meter dash, Kennedy Green '19 came away with a second place. She ran a season's best of 12.12 seconds. Green continued her success in the 200 meter dash, finishing in 8th place with a time of 26.52 seconds. She was joined by teammate Davis Collison '21 who finished in 7th place with a time of 26.43. In the 400 meter dash, Megan Powell '20 ran a quick time of 59.03 seconds. This time won her a second place finish. Ella Dunn '21 joined her teammate in the 400 meter dash, running a time of 60 seconds which was good enough for 6th place.
The three Eph relay teams proved successful. The 4x100 meter relay team, made up of Kiara Tan '22, Green, Collison, and Powell ran a time of 49.70. This was enough to win them third place. The 4x400 relay team of Liz Girvan '22, Dunn, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20, and Powell, just edged out the competition in the last 10 meters. They finished in first place with a time of 4:00. The 4x800 relay team was composed of Lilly Wells '22, Erica Barrett '21, Abby Scott '22, and Grace Dailey '22. They ran a time of 9:42 to come in 4th place.
The jump squad showed up and performed today, winning all four of the jumping events. Starting in the vertical jumps, Emma Egan secured the high jump title with a jump of 1.65 meters. Thomas and Kene Odenigbo did well, both jumping 1.60 meters. Thomas tied for 3rd place, and Kene Odenigbo '19 tied for 8th place. In pole vault, Kelsie Hao blew away the competition. Her best jump was 3.81 meters, which bettered the second place jump by almost 30 centimeters. Her 3.81 meter jump also broke the meet record. Cristina Young '22 had a good day, jumping a lifetime best of 3.40 meters, and winning 3rd place.
Egan continued her success in the long jump, winning that event as well. Her furthest jump was 5.23 meters. Ith followed her teammate, jumping 5.22 meters and winning second place. In the triple jump Cailin Stollar '21 improved her lifetime best jumping 11.43 meters. This jump put her in first place, winning the event by almost 30 centimeters.
In the throwing circle, Mazie Alexander '21 did well in the shot put. She had a best throw of 10.46 meters, enough to win her 8th place. In the discus throw, Morgan Dauk '21 had a fantastic day. She threw 34.48 meters, a new lifetime best by about 2 meters. This throw jolted her into 7th place. Alexander continued her day in the hammer throw. Throwing the implement 40.03 meters, she was able to place in 7th. Dauk also did well in the javelin throw, launching the javelin 36.17 meters to come in 4th place.
On today's meet, Head Coach Nate Hoey said, "We face a lot of adversity today in many different forms. I'm proud of how the team got right back up and competed with pride and passion event after event and never gave up. We learned a lot about ourselves today and I'm excited for what's ahead. Go Ephs!!"
The women are excited to have won another NESCAC championship. After today's success, they look forward to competing next weekend at DIII New England Championships which will be hosted at their home track.