WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Today, the Ephs hosted the first ever Purple & Gold Alumni Meet in the Towne Fieldhouse. The current team, both men and women, was split into two teams, Purple and Gold, while the Alumni composed a separate team. Due to the irregular size of the indoor track, many events raced today will converted in order to be recognized at a larger level. No marks recorded today will count towards qualifying for nationals, but they will count towards DIII New Englands.
The running events began with the mile, the longest event to be contested. Grace Dailey '22 led the way to the finish, coming across the line in 5:17 to win the event. This marks a new personal best for Dailey. Anna Passannante '20 followed to finish in 5:19 and second place. Sarah Tully '21 capped off the top three positions with a time of 5:20. For the men, Jake Lange '21 came in first place with a time of 4:35. Will Titus '23 came in second with a time of 4:36, a new personal record. In third place was Ryan Cox '20 who also finished with a time of 4:36, besting his previous time by 8 seconds.
Next on the track was the 55 meter hurdles. Izabelle Ith '21 won the event, crossing all 5 hurdles in just 8.56 seconds. Next for the Ephs was Julia Marks '23 who finished in 8.93 and third place. In fourth place was Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 with a time of 9.03. Danny Renwick '21 won the event for the men, running a time of 7.98 seconds. Jackson Anderson '23 came in second with a time of 8.04 seconds. Ben Telicki '22 followed closely behind his teammates to come in third with a time of 8.24 seconds.
Once the hurdles were cleared, the sprinting events took place. In the open 55 meter dash, Ally Isley '20 took the win with a quick time of 7.51 seconds. Deja Cunningham '22 came in third place, crossing the finish line in just 7.59. Astia Innis '20 fought hard to the end, finishing in fourth with a time of 7.64 seconds. The men followed in similar fashion, posting impressive times. Kevin Zhang '23 finished with a time of 6.76 seconds to win the event and Will Kingham '22 came in second with a time of 6.94. Scarlet Rusch '23 was the only woman to run the 300, but she still posted a very impressive time of 44.88 seconds. Chris Bassett '22 won the 300 on the men's side, crossing the finish line in 37.92 seconds. Right behind him was KJ Kogawa '23 in 38.50, and in third was Karol Regula '21 with a time of 39.32.
Mid distance competed in two events today, the 600 meter and 1000 meter races. Liza Jacoby '22 and Alex Bettez '23 were the two women to compete in the 600 meters, pushing each other until the very end. However Jacoby finished on top with a time of 1:44.13 with Bettez crossing the finish in 1:44.98. The 1000 meter race was the one race for the women that had as many alumni as current athletes, but the current team still came out on top. Maddy Boutet '20 won the event, running 2:59. Brianna Bourne '21 finished in second with 3:03 and Lilly Wells '22 competed well to cross the line in 3:14 and fourth place.
The men posted very impressive times in the middle distance events, with Kevin LaFleche '20 winning the 600 in a time of 1:22, just edging out Cole O'Flaherty '21 who finished with a time of 1:23. Ethan Cooper '23 finished with a time of 1:26 to capture third place. In the 1000 meter run, Tristan Colaizzi '20 ran a 2:33 and won. Ryan Watson '20 and Sam Schraver '22 came in second and third, respectively, in 2:38.81 and 2:38.89 in a close finish.
The field events proved to be very exciting, dominated by current members of the Williams Track and Field teams. The first jumping event contested of the day was the long jump. Sierra Loomis '20 had 6 great attempts, finishing with her best distance as 5.23 meters. She won the event and finished with a new personal best. Kelsie Hao '21 finished in second place, her best jump was 5.20 meters. Ith finished in a solid third place with a jump of 5.07 meters. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 and Thomas both did very well. Egan won with a final height of 1.61 meters and Thomas came in fourth place jumping 1.56 meters.
The men also did very well in the long and high jumps. In the long jump, Telicki won with a final distance of 6.05 meters which marks a new personal best. Kingham placed in second with a solid mark of 5.97 meters, and John Zhou '22 came in third with a best jump of 5.84 meters. In the high jump, James Dunivan '20 took the crown flying over the 1.85 meter bar. Anderson had solid attempts at each height, finishing at 1.75 meters.
Following the first two jumps were the triple jump and pole vault. In women's triple jump, Sierra Diaz '20 jumped a distance of 10.61 meters to win. Cailin Stollar '21 came in second with a final distance of 10.58 meters. In the pole vault, Hao cleared the highest bar of 3.55 meters. Cris Young and Heidi Leeds, both class of '22, came in second and third, respectively. Young jumped a height of 3.25 meters, and Leeds jumped 2.95 meters. The men did similarly well in both events, Zhou winning the triple jump with a distance of 12.66 meters. Kingham came in second with a jump of 12.41, and Dunivan, in his first time competing the triple jump, came in third place with a best jump of 11.14 meters. In the pole vault, Marshall Borrus '20 had a solid day to win the event with his best height of 3.85 meters. Sam Riley '23 followed in second with a jump of 2.80 meters, and Anderson in third with a height of 2.65 meters.
In the throwing circle, Mazie Alexander '21 and Lauren Crist '20 had a great day. In the shot put, Alexander finished in first with a throw of 10.43 meters. Crist finished in third with a distance of 9.82, and Hannah Brown '23 finished in third with a throw of 7.80 meters. In the weight throw, Alexander came in second place with a throw of 13.86 meters and Crist in third with a final distance of 12.02 meters. For the men, Mykel Miller '20 threw 12.54 meters in the shot put to place in second. Frank Scheck '20 came in third with a new personal best of 12.31 meters, and Scott Fineberg '23 came in fourth with a best of 10.89 meters. In the weight throw, Fineberg finished in first, throwing the weight 14.04 meters. This marks a new personal record for Fineberg. Scheck came in third with a final throw of 12.64, and Miller finished in fourth with a throw of 11.51 meters.
Both the women's and men's teams will travel to Rochester, NY next week to compete at Nazareth University. The meet will begin at 12PM on Saturday, January 25th.