MIDDLEBURY, VT—Today marked the first day of the DIII New England Championships. At the conclusion of 5 events, the Ephs are on top with 48 points. Rivals MIT trail in second with 33 points, and in third is Tufts University with 20 points.
The first full event on the track was the 5000 meter race. Sarah Tully '21 had an incredible race, keeping even pace through each lap. In the last lap she had an impressive surge to come through the finish line in a time of 17:24 for third place and 6 points. Eva Borton '23 also had a very impressive race. She fought hard in each lap to finish with a time of 17:34 which won her fourth place and 5 points.
The next event was the distance medley relay team of Brianna Bourne '21, Megan Powell '20, Abby Scott '22, and Anna Passannante '20. The first three women had solid legs, putting Passannante in good position to make a move. In the final two laps, Passannante surged to first place to come through in a time of 11:52.31, a new facility record. The relay team came in first place to win the Ephs 10 points. The last running event on the track was the women's 4x200 meter relay. Composing the Ephs' team was Davis Collison '21, Scarlet Rusch '23, Claudia Iannelli '23, and Ally Isley '20. The four women had stellar legs to break their third place seed and win the meet. Not only did they win the event and 10 more points for the team, but they also broke the school record, previously set in 2019.
The only field event contested today was the women's pole vault. The Ephs had three women competing, and they all did well. Kelsie Hao '21 did very well, jumping cleanly to her final height. She cleared 3.60 meters to come in second place and win 8 points. Cristina Young '22 also did very well, jumping 3.35 meters to come in eighth place. Young won 1 point for the team.
Today also marked the day for the women's pentathlon. Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 represented the Ephs in the event, and did very well. The multi began with the 60 meter hurdles, and Thomas flew over each hurdle with ease. She crossed the finish in 9.48 seconds to win 812 points. The second event of the multi was the high jump, Thomas's specialty. She did very well in the event, jumping a height of 1.58 meters, which added 712 points to her score. The third event for the senior was the shot put, the event most foreign to multis. Thomas, however, did not let that phase her. She had three solid throws, her best going a distance of 9.02 meters for 465 points.
Long jump, the second to last event, proved to go well for Thomas. Her final jump of 5.10 meters won her 587 points. One long jump was done, she moved on to the final event: the 800 meter race. This event tends to be the most difficult and most grueling for the athletes, but Thomas performed. She went out fast in the first lap, and kept her pace. She finished quite strong in 2:31.51 for 674 more points. Overall, Thomas finished the pentathlon with 3250. This put her score in second place to add 8 more points to the team score.
Tomorrow, the rest of the women's team will join the athletes from today to compete in day 2 of the championships. They hope to keep their seed to win their third consecutive Indoor D3 New Englands title. The meet begins at 10:30 AM with long jump and weight throw.