WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Today, the Ephs hosted the first Williams Multi. This meet was dedicated entirely to the pentathlon, and had athletes from Smith College and Keene State College. The Williams women did incredibly well, each having at least one personal best. Emma Egan '20 had an exceptionally great day, as she broke the pentathlon school record (3541), previously held by teammate Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 and was set in 2018. Egan's tally on the day was 3599.
The pentathlon began with the 55 meter hurdles in place of the typically contested 60 meter hurdles. However, this event can still be scored to count towards the pentathlon with the correct conversions. Izabelle Ith '21 led the pack with a time of 8.57 seconds to win 865 points towards her total. Egan followed with a time of 8.64 to gain 850 points. Next was Sierra Loomis with a time of 8.78 seconds and 820 points, and to follow was Thomas in 8.91 seconds and 792 points.
To follow the strong opening to the day was the high jump. Egan had a stellar high jump day, clearing nearly each bar up until her final height of 1.74 meters. This height was enough to add 903 points to Egan's total. Thomas also had a great day in the high jump, jumping nearly perfectly until her final bar of 1.65 meters and 795 points. Ith also jumped cleanly until the 1.56 meter bar, where she missed the first jump and cleared it on the second attempt. 1.56 meters would be her final bar to gain 689 points. Loomis had a great day in this event, clearing two personal best bars. Her previous best was 1.46 meters, but today she cleared two more bars above that height, including her first attempt at 1.50 meters. She won 621 points.
The third event contested was the shot put. Once again, Egan impressed. She had an incredible personal best, throwing the implement 10.07 meters. This was her first time throwing over 10 meters, making this a 50 centimeter best. She won 534 points. Ith had solid throws, her best throw being 9.84 meters to gain 519 points. Thomas had very good attempts, her best being 9.11 meters for 471 points. Loomis reigned in the Williams squad with a throw of 8.50 meters for 432 points.
Next in the competition was the long jump. Long jump was an especially good day for each of the multis, having season's bests or lifetime bests. Egan jumped very consistently, each jump reaching over 5.40 meters. Her best jump, in the end, was 5.47 meters to get her 691 points. Ith was also very consistent, having her best jump at 5.42 meters. This added 677 points to her total. Thomas and Loomis both had best jumps of 5.38 meters. While this was an impressive jump for Thomas, this marked a new lifetime record for Loomis by 15 centimeters. Both women won 665 points.
The last event for the multis to complete was the 800 meter event, the event that all multis dread from the beginning. However, each athlete knew what they had to run in order to accomplish their goals for the meet, whether that be a national qualifying mark, school record, or personal best. Each multi ran to the best of their ability and had incredible performances. Loomis had a personal best 800 meter time to come in at 2:24 to add 759 points to her pentathlon. Thomas came in close behind with a time of 2:26 and 735 points. Egan ran through the finish with a time of 2:36 adding 612 points, and Ith with a time of 2:39 for 580 points.
Each athlete's total gained them a spot in the top ten on the national performance list. Because the fieldhouse track is not the size of most tracks, some events were converted. Egan's final total was an impressive 3599 points, marking a new school record for the pentathlon. This places her first on the NPL. Thomas had a total of 3468 points, earning her third on the NPL. Ith finished with a new personal best of 3339 points and fifth on the NPL. Loomis had a big lifetime best in the multi event by nearly 500 points to finish with a total of 3306 points.
With a very successful day for the multis, the rest of the Williams squad will take this weekend off to train. They will return on Saturday, February 8th in Hanover, NH to compete at the Dartmouth Invitational. The action begins at 10AM.