Williams Wins Sixth Straight NESCAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Title

Williams won its sixth straight NESCAC Championship

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Williams Ephs won the NESCAC Women’s Track & Field title for the sixth straight year and 26th time overall at Middlebury’s Dragone Complex on Saturday.


The Ephs claimed six NESCAC titles and posted 16 top three finishes to compile 165 points. Middlebury was the runner-up with 145.50 points and Bowdoin placed third with 109 points. Tufts (93.50 points), Bates (52.50 points), and Hamilton (52 points) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Connecticut College (48 points), Colby (45.50 points), Wesleyan (38.50 points), Trinity (37.50 points), and Amherst (32 points) rounded out the field.

Bowdoin sophomore Brittney McKinley entered the 100-meter dash with the best time in the league this season and went on to win the event in a time of 12.03 seconds. Hamilton senior Cat Berry defended her title in the 200-meter dash, posting a winning time of 25.60 seconds and also won the 400-meter race with a time of 58.22 seconds to score 20 points for the Continentals. Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff won the NESCAC title in the 800-meters for the second time in her career, clocking in at 2:14.41. She also won the event in 2017.

Williams junior Anna Passannante became the third Eph to win the 1,500-meter race in four years. She crossed the finish line in a winning time of 4:36.27. Middlebury seniors Rory Kelly and Abigail Nadler finished 1-2 in the 5,000-meters. Kelly earned first place with a time of 17:47.74, while Nadler posted a time of 17:52.10. Fellow Panther Kate MacCary took over in the final few laps to win the 10,000-meters and set a new Dragone Track mark with a time of 35:58.49. MacCary is the second Middlebury runner to win the event in four years. Wesleyan junior Sara Pinsonault captured first place in the 3000-meter Steeplechase with a winning time of 11:20.68.

Colby senior Sophie Stoke Cerkvenik entered the 100-meter hurdles with the top time this season and went on to win the event with a time of 14.51 seconds, while Bowdoin senior Sara Ory defended her title in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 1:05.35.

In the relay events, Hamilton claimed the 4x100 title. McKela Kanu, Berry, Marie Steiner, and Willa Rose combined for a time of 49.31 seconds. Williams won the 4x400 relay as the team of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Summer-Solstice Thomas, and Megan Powell posted a time of 4:00.31, narrowly edging out the Middlebury squad. The Panthers’ foursome of Katie Glew, Meg Wilson, Anna Willig, and Nicole Johnson won the 4x800 relay, finishing with a time of 9:34.62.

An Eph won the high jump for the fourth year in a row as junior Emma Egan posted a top height of 1.65 meters to claim first place. Egan also captured the NESCAC title in the long jump with a mark of 5.23 meters. Williams made it a clean sweep of the jumping events as sophomore Cailin Stollar won the triple jump (11.43m). Williams sophomore Kelsie Hao added a win in the pole vault, registering a height of 3.81 meters to defend her title.

Connecticut College’s Koko Mensah, the 2017 NESCAC Champion in the women’s shot put, added a second title to her resume. She won the 2019 competition with a throw of 13.71 meters after entering the championship with the top distance this season (14.40m). Trinity’s Peace Kabari, the defending champion, placed second (13.21m). The Camels also went 1-2 in the discus. Senior Emily Senatore defended her title with a winning mark of 43.38 meters, while Mensah was the runner-up (38.60m). Wesleyan sophomore Ivie Uzamere captured the NESCAC title in the hammer throw (47.47m) and Middlebury junior Rebbeca Gorman posted a mark of 41.22 meters to win the javelin.

2019 Women's Track & Field Championship Event Winners

* The top three finishers in each event and the top three relay teams earn All-NESCAC honors

2019 NESCAC Women's Track & Field Event Winners
Event First Place Second Place Third Place
100-meter dash Brittney McKinley (Bowdoin) - 12.03 Kennedy Green (Williams) - 12.12 Samantha Schaefer (Bowdoin) - 12.23
200-meter dash Catherine Berry (Hamilton) - 25.60 Brittney McKinley (Bowdoin) - 25.77 Marie Steiner (Hamilton) - 26.10
400-meter dash Catherine Berry (Hamilton) - 58.22 Megan Powell (Williams) - 59.03 Emma Beane (Bowdoin) - 59.20
800-meter run Ayden Eickhoff (Bates) - 2:14.41 Anna Passannante (Williams) - 2:14.88 Cassidy Kearney (Middlebury) - 2:15.83
1,500-meter run Anna Passannante (Williams) - 4:36.27 Ayden Eickhoff (Bates) - 4:37.11 Abigail Nadler (Middlebury) - 4:39.57
3,000-meter Steeplechase Sara Pinsonault (Wesleyan) - 11:20.68 Kelsey Tierney (Tufts) - 11:37.65 Jaylan Fraser-Mines (Williams) - 11:50.25
5,000-meter run Rory Kelly (Middlebury) - 17:47.74 Abigail Nadler (Middlebury) - 17:52.10 Christina Scartelli (Amherst) - 17:52.53
10,000-meter run Kate MacCary (Middlebury) - 35:58.49 Emma Hermann (Williams) - 36:18.81 Emily Harris (Williams) - 36:56.18
100-meter hurdles Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik (Colby) - 14.51 Izabelle Ith (Williams) - 14.70 Kylene DeSmith (Tufts) - 14.89
400-meter hurdles Sara Ory (Bowdoin) - 1:05.35 Elise Lambert (Bates) - 1:06.11 Annah Rossvall (Colby) - 1:06.16
High Jump Emma Egan (Williams) - 1.65 meters Sharde Johnson (Colby) - J1.65 meters Jacqueline Kirk (Tufts), Summer-Solstice Thomas (Williams), Emily Larson (Colby), & Katie Maehl (Wesleyan) - 1.60 meters
Long Jump Emma Egan (Williams) - 5.23 meters Izabelle Ith (Williams) - 5.22 meters Shannon Kennedy (Connecticut College) - 5.21 meters
Triple Jump Cailin Stollar (Williams) - 11.43 meters Lydia Pitts (Bowdoin) - 11.18 meters Kathryn Ezeoha (Tufts) - 11.09 meters
Javelin Rebecca Gorman (Middlebury) - 41.22 meters Devan Walsh (Trinity) - 38.76 meters Leah Matari (Bowdoin) - 36.25 meters
Discus Emily Senatore (Connecticut College)-43.88meters Koko Mensah (Connecticut College) - 38.60 meters Nkemdilim Aduka (Tufts) - 37.08 meters
Hammer Ivie Uzamere (Wesleyan) - 47.47 meters Evelyn Drake (Tufts) - 45.83 meters Katie Hughes (Bates) - 42.74 meters
Shot Put Koko Mensah (Connecticut College) - 13.71m Peace Kabari (Trinity) - 13.21m Belinda Saint Louis (Bowdoin) - 11.76m
Pole Vault Kelsie Hao (Williams) - 3.81 meters Kreager Taber (Middlebury) - 3.55 meters Christina Young (Williams) - 3.40 meters
4x100-meter relay Hamilton (McKela Kanu, Catherine Berry, Marie Steiner, Diamond Jackson) - 49.31 Bowdoin (Morgen Gallagher, Brittney McKinley, Angela Wallace, Samantha Schaefer) - 49.55 Williams (Kiara Tan, Kennedy Green, Davis Collison, Megan Powell) - 49.70
4x400-meter relay Williams (Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Summer-Solstice Thomas, Megan Powell) - 4:00.33 Middlebury (Lucy Lang, Ava O'Mara, Julia Munz, Gretchen McGrath) - 4:00.51 Bowdoin (Emma Beane, Morgen Gallagher, Samantha Schaefer, Sara Ory) - 4:01.70
4x800-meter relay Middlebury (Katie Glew, Meg Wilson, Anna Willig, Nicole Johnson) - 9:34.62 Bowdoin (Delaney Bullock, Abigael Csmanski, Claire Traum, Caroline Shipley) - 9:35.17 Tufts (Lauren Diaz, Tara Lowensohn, Julia Noble, Rhemi Toth) - 9:37.56