NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 1 Recap

Kate MacCary, Middlebury

GENEVA, Ohio – Bowdoin's Sophia Slovenski and Middlebury's Kate MacCary each turned in All-America performances on Day 1 of the NCAA Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


Slovenski, a first-year, led three NESCAC student-athletes with a third-place finish in the women's javelin. She posted a mark of 44.13m (144-09) to pick up an All-America accolade in her first NCAA meet. Juniors Devan Walsh of Trinity and Rebecca Gorman of Middlebury finished 10th (40.59 meters) and 22nd (33.51 meters), respectively.

In other field events on Thursday, Tufts senior Henry Hintermeister posted a career-best 10th-place finish in the men's javelin with a throw of 58.00 meters. Williams sophomore Kelsie Hao finished 16th in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.65 meters.

MacCary, a senior, finished sixth in the women's 10,000-meter race to earn All-America honors, crossing the finish line in a time of 36:31.54. Williams junior Emma Hermann placed 19th with a time of 37:55.82.

In other preliminary races five women and three men advanced through to the finals in the 1,500-meter races. Junior Anna Passannante of Williams had the best prelim time of the day at 4:34.02. Middlebury senior Abigail Nadler was fourth (4:38.84) and seniors Christina Scartelli (4:39.13) of Amherst, Ayden Eickoff (4:34.96) of Bates, and Anna Barnes of Trinity (4:40.26) followed in eighth, 10th, and 12th place, respectively.

In the men's race, Williams sophomore Aidan Ryan paced the NESCAC runners, finishing fifth with a time of 3:53.61. Fellow Eph Tristian Colaizzi placed seventh (3:53.97) while Middlebury senior Jon Perlman was 11th (3:58.12) as all three runners advanced to the finals.

Junior Sage Bailin of Colby had a strong prelim performance in the men's 400-meter Hurdles, finishing third at 52.62 to qualify for the finals. Williams senior Emily Harris narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase, posting a time of 11:04.61.

In the relays, the Williams women's 4x400 squad qualified for the finals. The team of sophomores Davis Collison and Ella Dunn along with senior Caitlin Ubl and junior Megan Powell combined for a time of 3:49.83.

The Middlebury men's 4x400 team of juniors Arden Coleman and Nathan Hill along with sophomore William Robertson and senior Jimmy Martinez placed eighth with a time of 3:14.90 to advance to the finals.

Bates junior Brendan Donahue is the lone NESCAC student-athlete in the men's decathlon and stands in 17th place at the halfway point of the competition. He recorded a personal best first-day score of 3,289 points.

Ubl of Williams is not only a member of the Ephs 4x400 relay squad, but she is also competing in the heptathlon and stands fourth with 2,882 points following four events on Day 1. Fellow Eph Summer-Solstice Thomas stands seventh (2,801 points). Tufts senior, Kylene DeSmith, who is competing in her first NCAA Championship, is 17th with 2,709 points while Williams sophomore Izabelle Ith is 19th (2,701 points) and Connecticut College senior Shannon Kennedy is 20th (2,614 points).

Day 2 of the NCAA Championships is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with more decathlon events.