Women's Track and Field Team Wins 35th Consecutive Little 3's Championship

Kelsie Hao '21
Kelsie Hao '21


MIDDLETOWN, CT—Today, the Ephs traveled to Wesleyan University to compete in the annual Little 3's Championships. Although just returning from winter break, the women performed very well coming out on top to secure their 35th consecutive title. The Ephs finished with 165 points, Amherst College finished in second with 116 points, and Wesleyan University in third with 75 points. 

The meet began with the mile race, where Brianna Bourne '21 and Maddy Boutet '20 had stellar races. Bourne led the pack from the very beginning of the race, and held first place through the entire event. She finished with a time of 5:09 to win the event. Boutet was not far behind, finishing with an impressive time of 5:11. Following the mile, the 800 women took to the track. Lilly Wells '22 and Avery Mohan '23 were the two scorers for the team. Wells finished in third place with a time of 2:28 with Mohan in fourth with a time of 2:29. 

In the 1000 meter race, the Ephs secured first and third place. Grace Dailey '22 won the event with a time of 3:04, a new personal best for the sophomore. Alex Bettez '23 finished in 3:08 to cross the finish in third. The final distance event of the day was dominated by the Ephs. Eva Borton '23 won the event with a time of 10:19, and Sarah Tully '21 finished right behind her teammate with a time of 10:24 to finish in second. 

In the sprinting events, the Ephs had some remarkable performances. In the 60 meter dash, the women took first and second place. Deja Cunningham '22 crossed the finish line in a quick time of 8.06, followed closely by teammate Ally Isley '20 who finished in second with a time of 8.07. Cunningham also took the title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.89. Kristen Chou '23 finished the race in 27.28 to claim third place. 

The sprints continued in the 400 meter race, with Davis Collison '21 coming in second place finishing with a time of 60.98. Liza Jacoby secured fifth place with a time of 63.51. Megan Powell '20 and Ella Dunn '21, two 400 runners, stretched up to the 600 meter race today for the first time. Powell won the race with a time of 1:39, while Dunn was right behind her to finish in second with a time of 1:40. 

The horizontal and vertical jumps squad showed their talents in all the events across the board. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 had the best jump clearing 1.72 meters. In second was Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 clearing the 1.62 meter bar. In the pole vault Kelsie Hao '21 had a fantastic day, winning the meet by clearing a height of 3.75 meters. Cris Young '22 came in second with a final height of 3.04 meters.

The horizontal jumps continued this trend. Hao took the title in the long jump as well, with her best jump being 5.42 meters. Egan came in second place with a solid jump of 5.31 meters. In the triple jump, Cailin Stollar '21 was the only Eph entered. She finished in second place with a jump of 10.69 meters. 

The throwers also had a really great day. In the shot put, Mazie Alexander '21 came in second place with a throw of 11.01 meters. Lauren Crist '20 finished with a best throw of 9.87 meters to win her third place. In the weight throw, both ladies continued their good days. Alexander came in second place with a best throw of 14.95 meters. This marks a new personal best by half a meter. Crist also had solid attempts, her best throw being 11.90 meters to land her in fourth place. Head coach Nate Hoey said, "It was great to have the whole team together. Little 3s is always a fun meet to kick off the new year. The team competed well and brough supportive energy. We have areas to improve upon and are looking forward to getting back to work."

The women will compete again this Saturday, January 18th at the Purple and Gold Alumni meet. This meet will be hosted at home in the Towne Fieldhouse, featuring both track alumni and current athletes. The action begins at 10AM.