NEW HAVEN, CT—Yesterday and today, the Ephs traveled to Southern Connecticut State University to compete at the NEICAAA All-New England Championships. The Ephs approached this meet with the goal of getting big marks that would either prove to be nationals qualifying or a lifetime best. Competing against some big Division I names, such as Dartmouth and UMass Amherst, and familiar DIII schools, like rivals MIT and Middlebury, the women performed well.
Starting on Friday, Sarah Tully '21 demonstrated her strength as a long distance runner in the 10,000 meter race. Finishing in 4th place, Tully ran a time of 37:53. Following the 10k race was Emma Herrmann '20 in the 5000 meter race. She finished with a time of 17:51. On Saturday, Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Gracefully jumping over the pool each lap, she cruised to a new personal best of 11:28.
Anna Passannante '20 and Brianna Bourne '21 joined their distance teammates in the 1500 meter. With a 5 second lifetime best in the event, Passannante came through the finish line in 4:27. This put her in 4th place. Bourne also had a strong race, finishing with a time of 4:48. Abby Scott '22 was the only Eph running in the 800 meters, and she held her own. She finished in a solid time of 2:17.
A few sprinting events were also contested on Friday. Starting with the 100 meter dash, Kennedy Green '19 crossed the finish line with a time of 12.32. In the 200 meter dash, Caitlin Ubl '19 had a solid performance. She finished in 25.80 seconds. Megan Powell '20 represented the sprinters on Saturday, contesting in the open 400 meter dash. She finished in 8th place with a time of 57.02.
The jumping Ephs had a big weekend, with all three women posting personal bests or coming very close to their lifetime bests. Caitlin Ubl '19 competed in the long jump on Friday. She had her first jump as her biggest jump, leaping to 5.40 meters. In the triple jump, both Cailin Stollar '21 and Kene Odenigbo '19 posted big personal bests. Stollar's best jump came as her last, bounding to a distance of 11.66 meters. This mark put her 5th at the meet and 20th nationally. Odenigbo sprang to a distance of 11.63 meters with ease. This was a jump good enough for 6th place.
Next week, some Ephs will continue their season at the Williams Last Chance meet. Some women who are on the bubble will hope to post bigger marks to qualify for the National Championships in a couple weeks. The meet will be hosted at the Lee Track at Williams College on Wednesday.