GENEVA, OH—Today marks the end of the first of three days of the NCAA championships. The meet began a couple hours late due to weather delays, but once the athletes began competing, the weather calmed down to make for great conditions. While the Ephs are currently unranked, only a few event finals were hosted in which the Ephs competed.
The late day began with the 100 meter hurdles of the heptathlon. The three Ephs representing, Caity Ubl '19, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20, and Izabelle Ith '21, had great openers for the day. Ubl ran a new personal best of 14.37 seconds to gain 927 points. Ith was just off her personal best by .02 seconds with a time of 14.79 and 870 points. Thomas also had a lifetime best in the hurdles, finishing in 15.24 seconds and 810 points. After the hurdles, the ladies moved onto the high jump. Thomas led the Ephs, clearing the 1.66 meter bar. This gained her 806 points. Both Ubl and Ith jumped 1.51 meters to obtain 632 points.
Next, the three women went on to compete in the shot put. Ith had a stellar best throw of 9.92 meters, just centimeters short of her lifetime best. She got 524 points from this throw. Ubl threw the shot 9.82 meters to get her 518 points. Thomas had a large lifetime best of about 30 centimeters, to throw a distance of 9.67 meters, winning 508 points. The final event of the day for the three ladies was the 200 meter dash. Ubl crossed the finish line in a quick 25.91, which got her 805 points. Thomas finished with a time of 27.42 seconds and 677 points. Ith followed closely behind in 27.45 seconds to win 675 points.
At the end of day 1, the multis are in good position. Ubl sits in 4th place with a total of 2882 points, Thomas is 7th place with 2801 total points, and Ith in 19th with 2701 points. Day 2 will make for a close race as the point distribution is quite close, with only 100 points separating 12 spots.
During the heptathlon, numerous events were contested including the women's pole vault. Kelsie Hao '21 fought hard, clearing the first two bars on the first attempt. Her final height was 1.65 meters to come in 16th place.
The 1500 meter race happened later on in the day. Anna Passannante '20 had a truly incredible race. Sitting in fourth in her heat, Passannante was boxed out of making a move until the final 100 meters. She managed to pull ahead to finish in 4:34 and to win her heat by .01 seconds. She will be going into the finals on Saturday as the top seed.
Emily Harris '19 contested the 3000 meter steeplechase. She ran a tactful race, pacing herself evenly and with enough energy to have a solid final lap. She finished in a time of 11:04 to come in 15th place, just one spot short of qualifying for the finals.
After the steeplechase, the 4x400 meter relay team took to the track. In this event, the top two teams in each heat automatically qualified for the finals along with the next best 5 times. The team of Davis Collison '21, Ella Dunn '21, Ubl, and Megan Powell '20 did what they needed to do. Coming out quickly, the ladies sat in 4th place for the first couple of legs. Ubl, recovering quickly from the heptathlon, came back to bring the team to third. Powell then closed the team well, bringing them to finish in 2nd place with a time of 3:49, a season's best. This automatically qualified the ladies for the finals on Saturday, seeding them in 4th.
The final event of the day was Emma Hermann '20 in the 10,000 meters. She did very well, coming through each lap in relatively even splits, making for a very consistent race. She finished with a time of 37:55 to come in 19th.
Tomorrow during day 2, more Ephs look forward to posting finals qualifying marks in their preliminary heats while some will be contesting for All-American honors, and points, in their event finals. The day will begin with the high jump and the heptathlon long jump at 11:30AM.