Women’s Track and Field Posts Solid Marks at the Nazareth Conference Challenge Cup

Izabelle Ith '21
Izabelle Ith '21



ROCHESTER, NY—Today the Ephs traveled to Nazareth College to compete in their Conference Challenge Cup. This is the first time the Ephs competed in this meet and the first time facing many of these teams. However, the women performed very well with many qualifying marks and personal bests.

The meet began on a high note with the 5000 meter race. Eva Borton '23 led the pack for the entire race to cross the finish first in just 17:31, over 40 seconds faster than second place. Jaylan Fraser-Mines '21 also had a solid race, running a time of 18:21 to come in fourth. This was a very successful race for the junior as this marked a personal best by 4 seconds. Sarah Jane O'Connor '22 finished with a 13 second personal best of 18:25 to finish in sixth place. 

In the mile, Maddy Lawler '23 was the only Eph racing, but she did well coming across the finish line in 5:20 to take second place. The distance squad wrapped up their day with the 3000 meter race. Maddy Boutet' 20 finished in second place with a time of  10:13. Grace Dailey '22 also competed well, following close behind her teammate to run 10:24 and come in third.

For middle distance, the 800 meters women did very well. Maria Tews and Avery Mohan, both class of '23, competed. Tews finished in fourth with a time of 2:23, and Mohan finished right behind her to place in fifth after crossing the line in 2:26. In the 500 meter race, Sierra Loomis '20 was the only Ephs competing. In the first time competing in this event, she did very well. Finishing in third place, Loomis finished the event in a time of 1:20. 

The sprints began with the 4x200 meter relay, comprised of Megan Powell '20, Claudia Ianelli '23, Davis Collison '21, and Deja Cunningham '22. The women came together to run a very impressive relay race, finishing with a time of 1:46, a second faster than their competitors. Isley and Cuningham continued on to sprint in the open 60 meter dash. Isley had a stellar trials, finishing with a new personal best of 7.95 seconds. In the finals, however, Isley finished with a time of 8.00 seconds to come in fourth. Cunningham finished in eight place with a time of 8.15 seconds. In the 60 meter hurdles, Izabelle Ith '21 won with a time of 9.15 seconds. Not only was this the winning time, but it also marks a new facility record. Julia Marks '23 joined Ith in the 60 meter hurdles finals, finishing in 9.58, a new personal best. This was good enough to win her sixth place.

In the 200 meter race, Powell performed well once again. She finished with a time of 26.40 seconds to place her in fourth. Collison also had a great race, just edging out Cunningham by .01 seconds. Collison came in eighth place with a time of 26.87 and Cunningham came in ninth with 26.88

The field events followed suit and had many incredible and impressive marks. In the pole vault, Kelsie Hao '21 had great attempts, clearing nearly each height on the first attempt. Her highest bar was 3.70 meters, to place her in second. Hao had a great day, as her success continued in the long jump. With many great attempts, Hao's best jump was 5.39 meters to place in third. Ith tied her teammate, her best jump also reaching 5.39 meters. However, due to second best jumps, Ith placed in fourth. Astia Innis '20 did quite well in the long jump, finishing in sixth with a jump of 5.16 meters. 

The horizontal jumps continued in the triple jump. The Ephs dominated competition in this event, separating themselves from the rest of the field by 35 centimeters. In her first official meet of the season, Sierra Diaz '20 won the meet with a best jump of 11.15 meters. Cailin Stollar '21 was not far behind, coming in second place with a jump of 11.12 meters. In the high jump, Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 had a good day, clearing each bar on her first attempt up to 1.56 meters. This was good enough to win her second place. Loomis also had a solid day in the high jump, jumping a new personal record bar of 1.46 meters. This won her eighth place.

In the throwing circle, Mazie Alexander '21 and Lauren Crist '20 had solid marks. In the shot put, Alexander threw 10.06 meters to come in 15th. Crist had a best throw of 9.06 meters to come in 29th. In the weight throw, both women continued their strong day. Alexander had an impressive throw of 14.61 meters to come in fifth place. Crist also did well, throwing 11.71 meters to come in 18th place. 

On the successful day, head coach Nate Hoey remarked, "The team brought energy and competed well today.  Additionally, we got some quality work in. We need to continue to keep the big picture in mind and take it one day at a time as we move forward." The Ephs will take next weekend off to train. They will continue competing the following weekend at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, NH on Saturday, February 8th. The meet begins at 10AM.