BOSTON and WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—This weekend, the Ephs competed at two separate meets. On Friday, many women traveled to Boston University to compete at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. At this meet, among great performances, the 4x400 meter relay team broke the school record. On Saturday, the rest of the Ephs competed at the first Ephs Field and Track meet at their home track.
At Boston University, only runners traveled to compete on their banked, fast track. The first event the Ephs raced in was the women's 5000 meter race. Eva Borton '23 had a great race, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:14. This marks a new personal best for the freshman by 16 seconds. In the mile race, the Ephs had many great performers. Brianna Bourne '21 did very well. She finished in a time of 4:58, a new personal record. Grace Dailey '22 also had a personal record, by 16 seconds, to run a time of 5:01. Anna Passannante '20 followed suit, and ran 5:02. The distance squad continued in the 1000 meter, Maria Tews '23 having a very solid debut in this event. Her final time was 3:02. Maddy Lawler '23 also did very well, running a personal best time of 3:06.
In the mid-distance events, the Ephs continued to impress. In the 800 meter, Abby Scott '22 did very well. She ran evenly paced laps, finishing with a time of 2:18. Lilly Wells '22 also did great, finishing with a new personal record of 2:23.
The sprint women had an exceptional day. In the 200 meter dash, Ally Isley '20 had a huge personal best, finishing in 26.06 seconds. This beat her previous best by over a second. Deja Cunningham '22 also had a remarkable performance, running 26.16 seconds, besting her previous record by nearly half a second. In the 400 meter race, Megan Powell '20 was the only Eph to compete. However, that did not stop her from doing very well, finishing in just 56.55 seconds. Powell continued to have a great day in the 4x400 meter relay. The team, comprised of Davis Collison '21, Ella Dunn '21, Claudia Iannelli '23, and Powell, competed perfectly. All four women split below 60 seconds to finish in a time of 3:49. This marks a new school record for the squad, and places them first in the nation.
On Saturday, Dunn, Passannante, Bourne, and Scott competed as a team in the distance medley relay. They each contributed to the team greatly, running a time of 11:45. This performance is enough to rank them in the top 5 on the national performance list.
While the DMR was competing in Boston, another group of the women's team was competing at the Williams Field and Track meet. First on the track was the 55 meter dash. Isley won the meet, posting a solid time of 7.43 seconds. Cailin Stollar '21 also did well, finishing in third place with a time of 7.72 seconds, a new personal best. In the 55 meter hurdles, all the Eph women had solid, clean races. Izabelle Ith '21 won the event, running a 8.41 second race in the finals. Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 also did well, finishing in second place with a time of 8.98 seconds. Sierra Loomis '20 had a solid race, crossing the finish with a time of 9.07 seconds to come in fourth place.
Those two events were the only two events Williams athletes competed in, with the focus of the home meet on the field events. The first event competed was the high jump. Emma Egan '20 won the event, clearing the bar on her first attempt until her final height of 1.76 meters. She beat the competition by over 20 centimeters. Although she did not clear it, she had three solid attempts at 1.78 meters, a personal best bar for Egan. Pole vault was the next vertical jump contested, with Heidi Leeds '22 coming out on top. With a new personal best, and huge breakthrough, Leeds cleared the 3.25 meter bar on her very first attempt. Cristina Young '22 also had a great day, having clean jumps up to the 3.10 meter bar. She came in third place.
In the long jump, Williams dominated. Ith took the crown, with a solid jump, and season's best, of 5.58 meters. Kelsie Hao '21 also did very well, her best jump having a distance of 5.24 meters. She came in second place. In third place was Kristen Chou '23, with a new personal best of 5.23 meters. Sierra Diaz '20 was the only competitor for Williams in the triple jump, but she finished the six jumps with solid marks. She won the event, her best jump being 11.10 meters.
In the throwing circle, many of the women had incredible days. In the weight throw, Mazie Alexander '21 won the contest. She threw a new personal best of 70 centimeters to have a best throw of 15.89 meters. Lauren Crist '20 also had a really big personal best, beating her previous best throw by over 40 centimeters. Her final throw of 12.58 meters was enough to win her fourth place. In the shot put, Alexander continued to have a solid day. She came in second place with a throw of 10.99 meters. Crist came in fourth place with a new season's best of 10.03 meters.
Next weekend, many of the women will travel to the Springfield Invitational in Springfield, MA to compete. While much of the team will take the next weekend off to train, the other portion will compete for various reasons, including to get last minute qualifying marks for the DIII New England's Championship the weekend after. The meet will begin at 11AM.