MIDDLEBURY, VT—For the third year in a row, the Ephs have won the DIII New England Championships. With a tremendous effort from the women in all events, the Ephs finished the meet with 159 points. MIT, the Ephs' biggest rivals, came in 2nd place with 96.50 points, and Tufts came in 3rd with 88 points.
Starting the day off well were the 60 meter dash women. The Ephs who competed in the sprinting event did well, however Kiara Tan '22 was the representative in the finals. She had a solid race, crossing the finish line in 7.85 seconds for third place and 6 points. The sprinters continued to do well in the 200 meter dash. Megan Powell '20 fought incredibly well throughout her heat to finish in 25.94 seconds, a new personal best, to come in third place and win 6 points.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Izabelle Ith '21 did incredibly. She cleared each hurdle to finish in a time of 9.00 seconds. This time put her in 3rd place, which gained 6 points. The 4x400 meter relay team also had a great day. They put a significant amount of distance between themselves and the other teams. Finishing in 3:57, Davis Collison '21, Claudia Iannelli '23, Scarlet Rusch '23, and Ella Dunn '21 won the event and 10 points for the team. Their time was a new facility record.
Many of the sprinters women did very well in the 400 meter dash. Powell went out quickly in her first lap, and held on to cross the finish line in 57.30 seconds. This got her second place and 8 points. Collison and Dunn, in the same heat, did very well, pushing each other all the way to the finish. Collison ran a time of 58.73 seconds, and Dunn 58.98 seconds. They came in fifth and sixth, respectively, for 4 and 3 more points.
The distance squad also proved to have stellar performances today, racking up a significant number of points. In the mile, Anna Passannante '20 fought very hard and was successful in that fight. She came in sixth place with a time of 5:07 for 3 points. In the 3000 meter race, Brianna Bourne '21 had a remarkable race, putting herself in the front of the pack and the very beginning and slowly creating more and more distance between herself and everyone else. She finished with a time of 9:55, winning the event for 10 points, a new personal best, and a new facility record. Maddy Boutet '20 also had a great race, running faster than the previous facility record, as well. Her time of 10:03 was a new personal record, and put her in fourth place for 5 points. In the 800 meter race, Abby Scott '22 did very well. She ran a time of 2:18 for seventh place and 2 points.
Many of the distance women went on to compete in the 4x800 meter relay. They came together well and performed. The young team of Maddy Lawler '23, Avery Mohan '23, Maria Tews '23, and Lilly Wells '22 finished in a time of 9:43 to come in seventh place for 2 more points.
The jumpers of the team executed every jump wonderfully, gaining points in every jumping event. In the high jump, Emma Egan '20 had a spectacular day. Although her height of 1.75 meter tied for first, she engaged in an exciting jump off to eventually come off on top. She won, winning 10 points for the team. Summer-Solstice Thomas '20 had a best jump of 1.65 meters to place in fifth for 4 points. In the triple jump, Sierra Diaz '20 had a great day. With six solid jumps, she finished in eighth place. Her best jump of 11.10 meters won 1 point for the team.
In the long jump, the Ephs dominated winning second through sixth place. Ith lead the squad in second place with a great jump of 5.47 meters and 8 points. Egan came in third with a jump of 5.42 meters for 6 points. Tan and Kristen Chou '23 both had a best jump of 5.40 meters, a huge new personal best for Chou. They finished in fourth and fifth, winning 5 and 4 points, respectively. Kelsie Hao '21 finished in sixth place with a jump of 5.38 meters for 3 points.
Mazie Alexander '21 had an outstanding day in the weight throw, moving up four places from her seed. She had a new personal best throw of 15.92 meters, winning fourth place. This won the team 5 more points.
On the incredible day, head coach Nate Hoey said, "An awesome full team effort. In every way the team competed with heart, passion and intensity from event #1 through event #21. They supported each other and brought great energy all weekend. I'm proud of how this team has focused on embracing and enjoying the ride, and being in the moment." The Ephs leave their indoor team championships feeling accomplished and proud of their win. The women will now look forward to training for the NCAA National Championships, hosted in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in a few short weeks. Some members of the team will compete in a few last chance meets in hopes of reaching some last minute qualifying marks leading up to the national championships. The next meet is the Tufts Last Chance Meet hosted in Boston this Saturday, March 7. The meet will begin at 10 AM.