Williams Wins Fifth Straight NESCAC Women's Title

Williams Wins Fifth Straight NESCAC Women's Title

Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Williams College women's outdoor track and field team recorded 15 top-three finishes, including first-place performances in six individual events, as the Ephs won the 2018 NESCAC Championship title this afternoon at Trinity College's Jessee/Miller Field.  The championship is the 26th for Williams since 1989 and its fifth league crown in a row.


The Ephs finished with 200 points, which was 84.5 better than second-place Tufts (115.5) and 103.5 ahead of third-place Middlebury (96.5). Colby came in fourth place with 74 points, followed by Connecticut College in fifth (63), Bowdoin in 6th (62), Trinity in seventh (61), and Bates in eighth (51). Wesleyan totaled 39 points to take ninth place in the team standings, while Hamilton was 10th with 32, and Amherst placed 11th with 25 points.

Izabelle Ith collected three top-three finishes for the Ephs, including a winning distance in the long jump. Ith also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Williams' third-place 4x100-meter relay. Williams dominated the jumps with three first-place performances, as Sierra Diaz won the triple jump and Helene Hall and Emma Egan finished 1-2 in the high jump. Kelsie Hao cleared a first-place height in the pole vault, while Victoria Kingham won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Kennedy Green finished first in the 100-meter dash for the Ephs.  

Tufts boasted three event winners to finish as the runner-up in the team standings, as Evelyn Drake won the hammer throw, Annalisa DeBari took first in the 100-meter hurdles, and Brittany Bowman added a winning performance in the 5,000-meter run. Middlebury's Kate McCluskey won the 400-meter dash and ran a leg of the Panthers' first-place 4x400-meter relay, while Colby won both the 4x100- and 4x800-meter relay races on their way to fourth place.  Connecticut College and Bowdoin each had two competitors finish first, including two Camel throwers. Aly Saperstein won the javelin throw and Emily Senatore won the discus throw, while Bowdoin's Sara Ory won the 400-meter hurdles and Sarah Kelley won the 1,500 meters for the Polar Bears.

Other first-place finishers included Trinity's Peace Kabari in the shot put, Bates' Katherine Cook in the 10,000-meter run, Amherst's Danielle Griffin in the 800-meter run, and Hamilton's Catherine Berry in the 200-meter dash.