HANOVER, NH—Today the Ephs traveled up to Dartmouth College to compete in their Indoor Invitational for the first time. The women had great competition, competing against many Division I schools. Nonetheless, the Ephs performed very well, finishing in second place, behind Dartmouth, with 135 points. Dartmouth won with 216 points, UMass Amherst came in third with 104 points, and Vermont and Merrimack tied for fourth with 27.50 points.
The first of the distance events was the women's mile race. Maria Tews '23 was the only Eph to compete in that event, and she held her ground. Finishing in fifth place, she crossed the finish line in just 5:21. In the 3000, Williams completely swept the top five places. Brianna Bourne '21 took the early lead, and finished just as strongly. She won the event with a time of 9:55. Jaylan Fraser-Mines and Sarah Tully, both class of '21, were not far behind with times of 10:07 and 10:11, respectively. In fourth place with 10:17 was Eva Borton '23, and in fifth was Sarah Jane O'Connor '22 with a time of 10:31.
The mid distance ladies also had strong performances, starting with the 800 meters. Abby Scott '22 had a strong race, running a time of 2:16, good enough for third place. Maddy Boutet '20 also did very well, crossing the finish in 2:19. In the 500 meter race, Avery Mohan '23 was the only Eph woman running. She, however, still did very well. Her time of 1:23 won her fourth place.
The sprints began with the 60 meters and 60 meter hurdles. In the 60 meters finals, Williams had four of eight lanes. Kiara Tan '22 finished in second place with a speedy time of 7.84. Astia Innis '20 finished in sixth place with a solid time of 8.07 seconds, Deja Cunningham '22 in seventh place and a time of 8.13 seconds. Davis Collison '21 finished in eight place, crossing the finish in 8.18 seconds. In the 60 meters hurdles, Summer-Solstice Thomas and Sierra Loomis, both class of '20, competed in the finals. They both had amazing races, Loomis finishing with a personal record. Loomis ran 9.50 to come in sixth, while Thomas ran 9.54 to come in seventh. Next, some sprinters ran the 200 meter dash. Megan Powell '20 finished in second place with a time of 26.05 seconds. Claudia Iannelli '22 had a great race, finishing in fourth place with a time of 26.86 seconds. Collison, with a time of 26.90 seconds, placed in fifth. In the 400 meter dash, Powell took the crown, finishing with an impressive time of 57.62 seconds. Ella Dunn '21 also had a good race, finishing with a time of 60.98 seconds and in eight place.
The Ephs also had three 4x400 meter relay teams, all which ran impressive and strategic races. The Williams A team, comprised of Collison, Dunn, Iannelli, and Powell, finished in first place with a time of 3:56 seconds. This makes for a season best for the Ephs.
The women on the field posed solid marks, getting in many qualifiers and personal bests. In high jump, Emma Egan '20 won with a jump of 1.64 meters. She jumped cleanly throughout the competition, her first miss being at the bar that got her out. Thomas also did well in the high jump, having solid attempts at each height. Her best jump was 1.59 meters to come in fourth place. In the pole vault, Kelsie Hao '21 had a good day, jumping cleanly up to 3.65 meters. She placed second.
In the long jump, Tan impressed once again. She jumped a solid mark of 5.45 meters, winning her third place. Izabelle Ith '21 had a similarly good day, with a best jump of 5.36 meters and fourth place. In the triple jump, Sierra Diaz '20 had an exceptional day. She had six solid jumps, her best jump being 11.28 meters. This marks a new indoor best for Diaz, and won her third place. Cailin Stollar '21 also performed, her best jump measuring 10.88 meters to come in fourth place.
The women throwers did very well today. In the shot put, Mazie Alexander '21 had many solid attempts, her best throw coming to a distance of 9.95 meters. This placed her in seventh. Theresa Morley-McLaughlin '21 also threw well, her best distance being 8.40 meters to wint tenth place. In the weight throw, Alexander had an incredibly successful day. Her best throw was 15.14 meters. Today was the first day Alexander broke 15 meters in the weight throw. She came in fourth place. Lauren Crist '20 also did very well in the weight throw, having three solid attempts. Her best throw was 11.52 meters which won her eighth place.
The Ephs will compete again next weekend. However, the runners and field event athletes will be competing at two separate contests. The runners will travel to Boston University on Friday, February 14th to compete at the BU Valentine Invitational. Their meet begins at 1:30PM. The field event athletes will be competing at home on Saturday, February 15th at the first Williams Ephs Field and Track meet. This will begin at 9:30AM.