Women’s Track and Field Wins Division III New England Championships

2019 New England DIII Champions
2019 New England DIII Champions


WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Today marked the completion of the two day Division III New England Championships. Continuing their success from the previous weekend, the Ephs came out on top with a total of 111. Rival MIT came in second with 101.5 points, and RIC came in third with 65 points. Today marked many big performances from many of the athletes, including numerous national qualifying marks.

The day began with the 3000 meter steeplechase. Emily Harris '19 had a strong day, coming in second in the event. In the process, she finished with a new personal best of 10:58.43. The next distance event on the track was the 1500 meter race. Brianna Bourne '21 ran a smart, solid race crossing the finishing line with a time of 4:40, enough for 8th place. Sarah Tully '21 had a huge race today in the 5000 meter event, finishing in 17:55. This marks a 50 second personal best for Tully, and won her third place.

The sprinter squad also had successful days. In the 100 meter dash, Kiara Tan '22 raced to the finish line to come in 4th with a time of 12.29, a new personal best. Teammate Kennedy Green '19 finished closely behind, with a time of 12.40 to come in 7th place. The Ephs had incredible days in the 400 meters, with Megan Powell '20 finishing in 2nd place. She finished with a time of 56.71. Ella Dunn had a great day, to come in third behind Powell with a time of 56.99, over a second lifetime best for the sophomore. In the 100 meter hurdles, Caitlin Ubl '19 came in third place with a time of 14.64, running faster than her time in prelims.

The relay teams contributed greatly to the final team score. Starting off with the 4x100 meter relay, made up of Tan, Green, Davis Collison '21, and Powell, ran a time of 48.16. They came in third place. The 4x400 meter relay of Collison, Dunn, Powell, and Ubl, won the meet with a season's best of 3:50.09. The 4x800 meter relay of Erica Barrett '21, Grace Dailey '22, Leah Rosenfeld '20, and Lilly Wells '22 came in 7th place with a time of 9:37.

The jumpers of the Williams team had great days. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 won the meet. Her best jump of 1.69 meters sealed the deal. In the pole vault, Maggie Murphy '19 came in second place with a jump of 3.51 meters. In the triple jump, Cailin Stollar '21 jumped a best of 11.54 meters to come in 4th place, a new lifetime best for the sophomore. Teammate Kene Odenigbo '19 also did well in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 11.51 meters to come in 5th place.

Throughout the day, the Heptathletes continued with day 2 of their multi. They started their second day with the long jump. Izabelle Ith '21 won the event with a final jump of 5.57 meter, a new season's best. She won 720 points. Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 also had a season's best in the long jump, leaping to 5.45 meters. This was good enough for second and 686 points. Sierra Loomis '20 followed her teammates to have a final distance of 5.13 meters, a new lifetime best for the junior. She came in 4th with 595 points.

Next, the ladies moved onto the javelin throw. Ith lead the Ephs, throwing a distance of 25.75 meters. This new lifetime best got her 396 points. Thomas also had a lifetime best throw, launching the javelin 24.98 meters. Loomis had a solid day in javelin, as well, throwing the implement 15.67 meters. Unfortunately, on her last throw, Loomis hurt her ankle and was unable to complete the heptathlon. However, Ith and Thomas went on to contest the final event, the 800 meters. Thomas came through the finish with a blazing time of 2:23 to win the 800 and 783 points. Ith followed closely behind to finish in just 2:33 with 644 points.

Thomas won the meet with a total of 4702 points, a new lifetime best of nearly 700 points. Ith finished right behind her teammate in second with a total of 4591 points, a 300 points personal record.

On the thrower's runway, Morgan Dauk '21 had a good day. In the javelin throw, she finished with her best throw as 37.89. This throw put her in 8th place.

While this meet will mark the last meet of the season for some Ephs, a small group will continue to compete next weekend at the NEICAA Championships at Southern Connecticut State University. The athletes traveling to this meet will look for nationally qualifying marks in hopes of extending their season all the way. The meet will take place next Friday and Saturday.