Ephs Finish in 10th at NCAA Championships, 4x400 Relay Team Breaks School Record

Megan Powell '20 (l) & Davis Collison '21
Megan Powell '20 (l) & Davis Collison '21



GENEVA, OH—Today was the third and final day of the NCAA Championships weekend. The Ephs posted some great performances, including record breaking times. After all events were contested, the Ephs had 23 points.

The day began with Anna Passannante '20 in the 1500 meter finals. Passannante came out very quickly, to almost immediately take the lead of the pack. She kept her lead until about 250 meters left in the race, where she stayed on the inside of the track. She eventually had a strong kick in the last 50 meters to finish in 7th place with a time of 4:32. This won the team 2 points and earned Passannante All-American honors.

The next event for the Ephs was the triple jump. Kene Odenigbo '19 had a great jump series. Each jump was better than the previous, with her furthest jump being 11.41 meters. This distance put her in 18th place.

About an hour after her 1500 meters, Passannante came back to run in the 800 meter finals. She came out quickly, finishing her opening lap in about 64 seconds. She closed nicely, finishing with a time of 2:19 to come in 11th place.

The final event of the weekend was the 4x400 meter relay. From the start, the team of Davis Collison '21, Ella Dunn '21, Caity Ubl '19, and Megan Powell '20 was in solid position. Collison got out quickly, positioning the team well in 4th. Once Dunn got the baton, she held on tight to maintain the Ephs' position. Ubl had an exceptionally strong leg, surging into second place before giving Powell the baton. Powell also had as stellar leg, maintaining their second place. She crossed the finish line in 3:44.72. Not only did this time win them the title of runner-up and 8 points for the team, but this also marks a new school record for the Ephs.

On the incredible weekend and end to the season, Head Coach Nate Hoey remarked, "We had some outstanding moments this weekend and we also had our share of challenging moments. Through it all we supported each other, kept a positive attitude, put forth tremendous effort and competed to the very end with passion and heart. I'm so so proud of this team and how they represented Williams this weekend."

This meet marks the end of the successful 2018-2019 season for the Ephs. The Cross Country team will return to competing in September, while the Track and Field team will begin competing again in December.