BOSTON, MA—Today the Williams Women's Track and Field team traveled to Boston University to compete at their first meet of the season, the BU Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener. At this meet, the Ephs competed against schools of all divisions, including Boston University, UMass Amherst, and University of Connecticut. The Ephs used this opportunity to prepare themselves for the exciting upcoming season and competition, but many great performances came out of this meet including many personal bests and even a school record.
The meet began with the 60 meter hurdles, and the Eph women performed well. Izabelle Ith '21 did well in the prelims, running a 9.08 second race, enough to qualify her for the finals. In the finals, Ith clocked in a time of 9.07 seconds, .01 seconds from her personal best, to come in 6th. In the 400 meter race, captain Megan Powell '20 had the best race of her life. Finishing the first lap with a split of 26.4 seconds, Powell came through the finish line in a time of 56.43. Not only does this make a new personal record for her, but this is a new Williams school record. This effort put Powell in 3rd place. Claudia Iannelli '23 made her debut in this event, finishing with a great time of 59.72 seconds to place in 9th. In the 200 meters, Deja Cunningham '22 had an impressive finish of 26.56, a new lifetime personal record. Caroline Douglas '23 and Ally Isley '20 joined Cunningham in the 200, Douglas coming across the finish line in 26.92 and Isley in 27.17, a new lifetime best for the senior.
While some women were resting from a cross country season, others competed today in mid-distance and distance events to keep their running legs loose. In the 800 meters, Alex Bettez '23 had a solid open to her college career, finishing in a time of 2:22. In the 1000 meters, Leah Rosenfeld '20 ran a personal best by 7 seconds, ending the race in 3:06. To continue the trend of incredible season openers, Sarah Tully '21 had an impeccable performance in the 5000 meters. She finished with a time of 17:12, to bring her to 6th place. This time betters her previous personal record, 17:55, by over 40 seconds.
Of course the field events also accomplished greats marks during this first meet. In the long jump, Kiara Tan '22 brought her best and had a best jump of 5.40 meters, a new indoor personal best. Ith also did well, jumping very consistently, with a final jump of 5.29 meters. Sierra Loomis '20 followed suit of her teammates, having consistent jumps with her final best jump being an impressive 5.18 meters. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 had an admirable run. Jumping cleanly until her final height, Egan clear a bar of 1.75 meters, and moved on to attempt a PR bar. She won the meet by 10 centimeters. In the pole vault, Kelsie Hao '21 led the Ephs by clearing a bar of 3.65 meters, clearing each bar on the first attempt until the bar that got her out.
In the throwing circle, the Ephs had countless personal bests. Mazie Alexander '21 competed exceptionally well in the shot put, throwing a best of 11.00 meters, which is a new indoor personal record by a full meter. Alexander continued her successful first meet with the weight throw. She had consistent throws, with her best throw having a measurement of 14.45 meters. In her first meet back competing with the Ephs after a year at Oxford, Lauren Crist '20 had a huge opening performance in the weight throw. She had a best throw of 12.17 meters, improving her personal best by nearly a meter. Thandi Steele '22 also impressed with her marks, throwing a new personal record of 12.03 meters. To round out the field for the Ephs, McKenzie Stoker '22 also had an incredible effort throwing 10.60 meters, a 70 centimeter personal record.
Today, the Ephs certainly showed up ready to compete. Despite this being the first meet of the season, the Ephs managed to accomplish many impressive finishes and marks. Many of the performances today will qualify Ephs for the DIII New England Championships . On the outstanding meet, Head Coach Nate Hoey remarks, " Today was a fun start to the competitive season. The team has brought great energy and support for each other all fall and continued that today. We look forward to the next training block and getting back to work."
The Ephs will get back on to the track at the annual Little Three Championships on January 12th at 12 PM, hosted by Wesleyan University.