GENEVA, OH—Today marked the end of the second day of the NCAA Championships. After two event finals, the Ephs sit in 6th place with 13 points, 14 points behind leader Washington University. The women performed well, excited to be competing in sunny weather.
The day began with the high jump. In the midst of her heptathlon, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 switched spikes and ran over to the high jump pit. Despite her fatigue from competing in 4 events yesterday, Thomas jumped well. She started jumping at a relatively high height, but cleared her opening bar on the first jump. She would go on to clear 1.64 meters, which put her in 11th place. Emma Egan '20 also competed in the high jump. She also opened at a relatively high height, but cleared that bar with ease. As the heights increased, Egan kept her cool to clear 1.70 meters. While this was the same height as the winner, she unfortunately had more misses at earlier bars. However, Egan secured 4th place to win the team 5 points and gain All-American status.
This afternoon also marked the final day of the heptathlon. The event began with the long jump, in which all three athletes performed very well. Izabelle Ith '21 had a strong progression of jumps, ending with her best at 5.51 meters. This gained her 703 points. Caitlin Ubl '19 also had a strong few jumps, however her first jump was her best. She jumped 5.50 meters to win 700 points. Thomas, running back from the open high jump, had three solid jumps. Her best was a jump of 5.15 meters to win her 601 points.
The next event they moved onto was the javelin throw. Ubl had a great day, setting a personal best by nearly 1.5 meters, she threw the javelin 31.19 meters which got her 499 points. Ith also set a new lifetime best by about 2 meters, having a best throw of 27.71 meters to get her 433 points. Thomas also had a solid day in the javelin, her furthest throw being 24.74 meters. This got her 377 points.
Heading into the final event of the heptathlon, the 800 meter race, all the women would need exceptional times to move up. Ubl ran an incredible race, coming through the first 400 meters in just 65 seconds. She finished the event in a time of 2:17 to get her 865 points. Thomas also went out quickly, coming through the first lap in 66 seconds. She crossed the finish line in 2:20, a 2 second lifetime best, to win her 822 points. Ith also had a personal best of 2:31 to get her 673 points.
After all 7 events, the ladies felt accomplished. They had posted very impressive marks, including numerous lifetime bests. The final results show that Ubl finished with a total of 4946 points, just 3 short of her school record. This was enough for 2nd place, and 8 points for the team. Thomas finished with a total score of 4601 points which put her in 9th place. Ith finished closely behind Thomas with 4510 points in 13th place.
The final event of the day was the 800 meter race. Following her great day 1, Anna Passannante '20 came back today with a strong finish. Splitting 66 seconds on each lap, Passannante finished with a solid time of 2:12 to win her heat. This automatically qualifies Passannante for the finals tomorrow, and has her currently in 3rd place.
Tomorrow, the last batch of Ephs will be competing. This includes the finals in the 4x400 meter relay, 800 meters, 1500 meters, and triple jump. The Ephs hope to rake up as many points as possible to improve their current team standings. The first Eph competing will be Passannante in the 1500 at 12:25PM.