LA CROSSE, Wis. – Williams senior Tobias Muellers won the men’s decathalon at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to highlight the performances by NESCAC athletes on the second day of competition at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Muellers posted 6,969 points to win the event and earn his fourth All-American honor while Eph classmate Tommy Riley finished in ninth place after earning 6,572 points. In the women’s heptathlon, Williams junior Caitlin Ubl earned her first All-American honor after finishing fifth with 4,636 points.
Williams sophomore Emma Egan, the 2017 champion in the women’s high jump, led a contingent of three Ephs competing in the event. Egan notched a mark of 1.71 meters to finish in second place. Senior Helene Hall tied for sixth with a mark of 1.68 meters and sophomore Summer-Solstice Thomas came in 16th with a mark of 1.65 meters.
In the men’s high jump, Tufts senior Stefan Duvivier placed second and earned All-America honors, posting a mark of 2.15 meters. Fellow Jumbo, junior Henry Hintermeister, placed 17th in men’s javelin with a mark of 56.75 meters.
In the women’s shot put, Trinity sophomore Peace Kabari placed 17th with a mark of 13.18 meters, while Connecticut College sophomore Koko Mensah finished in 18th, with a throw of 13.08 meters. Bowdoin senior John Pietro finished 13th in the men’s shot put by notching a mark of 15.76 meters.
In preliminary events, three NESCAC student-athletes qualified for finals in their respective events. In all of Friday’s preliminary events, with the exception of the 800-meters, the top finisher in each heat and the next six best finishers qualified for the finals.
Colby junior Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik took first overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 14.50 to qualify for the finals. Tufts senior Annalisa DeBari finished the event in 18th after clocking a time of 15.26 seconds, while Williams first-year Izabelle Ith clocked a time of 15.37 seconds to finish 21st. In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Bowdoin junior Joseph Staudt placed 12th in a time of 15.01 seconds.
In the men’s 400-meters, Middlebury junior Jimmy Martinez posted a time of 48.21 seconds to finish 15th. In the women’s 400-meters, Williams sophomore Megan Powell finished 13th after posting a time of 56.50 seconds.
Two NESCAC student-athletes competed in the men’s 100-meter dash. Middlebury sophomore Nick Hendrix came in 14th after crossing the finish line in 10.99 seconds. Hamilton senior Eli Saucier finished in 11.16 seconds to place 19th. In the women’s 100-meter dash, Williams junior Kennedy Green placed sixth with a time of 12.45 seconds to qualify for the finals.
In the 800-meter preliminaries, the top two finishers in each heat and the next best three finishers overall advance to the final. In the men’s race, soaphomores Kevin LaFleche of Williams and Nathan Hill of Middlebury both advanced through to the finals. LaFleche came in sixth overall after clocking a time of 1:52.09, while Hill posted a time of 1:51.09. Middlebury Amherst junior Kristian Sogaard just missed qualifying for the final, placing 10th with a time of 1:51.70 while Middlebury senior James Mulliken rounded out the NESCAC contingent in the event, placing 20th (1:56.32). In the women’s 800-meters, Amherst senior Danielle Griffin placed fifth in a time of 2:08.98 to qualify for the finals, while Williams sophomore Anna Passannante finished 11th after clocking a time of 2:11.48.
Heading into the final day of competition, the Williams men sit in third with 14 points and the Williams women are tied for sixth with 14.5 points. In the men's standings, Tufts is tied for 11th with eight points, Bates is tied for 22nd (5), and Amherst is tied for 41st (1). The Bates women are tied for 16th with eight points. George Fox sits atop the men's and women's team standings with 18 and 20 points, respectively. Day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continues on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET.