NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 Recap

Peace Kabari, Trinity

GENEVA, Ohio – Trinity junior Peace Kabari and Williams senior Caitlin Ubl finished as NCAA National Runners-Up in the shot put and heptathlon, respectively, to highlight NESCAC performances on Day 2 of the NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Washington U leads the women's leaderboard with 27 points, while Williams paces the NESCAC women's teams with 13 points and stands in sixth place. Wisconsin-Eau Claire is in first place on the men's leaderboard with 34 points.

Kabari earned All-America honors, finishing the competition with a mark of 15.08 meters, behind Reyna Ta'amu of Redlands who earned first-place with a toss of 15.11 meters. Connecticut College junior Koko Mensah also competed in the event and placed ninth with a throw of 13.64 meters.

Ubl was one of five NESCAC athletes competing in the heptathlon. She posted 4,946 points, three shy of tying her own Williams school record, to finish second overall and earn an All-America citation. Annie Wright of George Fox won the event with 5,101 points. The Williams duo of junior Summer-Solstice Thomas (4,601 points) and sophomore Izabelle Ith (4,510 points) finished ninth and 13th, respectively. Seniors Kylene DeSmith of Tufts (4,498 points) and Shannon Kennedy of Connecticut College (4,444 points) rounded out the NESCAC competitors, placing 15th and 19th.

Williams junior Emma Egan was the third NESCAC athlete to pick up an All-America accolade on Day 2. She finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.70 meters. Cirrus Robinson of Ohio Wesleyan, the defending national champion, captured her second straight title with a height of 1.70 meters. Robinson cleared the first five heights on her first try, and when the bar moved to 1.73 meters, there were seven jumpers remaining.  All seven competitors missed all three of their attempts at 1.73, and Robinson won the national championship based on the fewest missed attempts. Williams junior Summer Solstice-Thomas finished 11th at 1.64 meters while Trinity sophomore Isabelle Bruno placed 22nd (1.56 meters).

In preliminary races on Friday, Colby senior Sophie Stokes-Cerkvenik, the defending NCAA Champion in the women's 100-meter Hurdles, advanced through to the finals, posting a time of 14.24 seconds. Amherst sophomore Ella Rossa clocked a time of 14.48 seconds, a personal best, but did not qualify for the finals.

Tufts senior Josh Etkind finished 17th (15.03 seconds) in the men's 110-meter Hurdles to conclude his NCAA appearance.

In the women's 400-meters, Trinity's Morgan Hallow was one of four NESCAC seniors vying for spots in the finals. She qualified with a time of 56.45 seconds to finish eighth overall. Wesleyan's Jenny Aguiar was 11th (56.75) and was followed by Cat Berry of Hamilton (56.95) and Rachel Leonard of Colby (57.51) in 14th and 17th place. Berry set a new school record for the Continentals in the final race of her career.

In the men's 400-meter race, Middlebury senior Jimmy Martinez posted a time of 48.23 seconds to grab the last qualifying spot for the finals.

Williams junior Anna Passannante led four NESCAC runners in the women's 800-meter race, finishing third overall with a time of 2:21.79 to move into the finals. Joining her will be Middlebury first-year Cassie Kearney as she finished fifth with a time of 2:21.54. Juniors Meg Wilson (2:15.19) from Middlebury and Rehmi Toth (2:21.60) of Tufts finished 16th and 22nd, respectively, but did not qualify for the finals.

Middlebury's Nathan Hill was the lone qualifier in the men's 800-meter race. The junior posted a time of 1:52.27 to place ninth, while sophomore Lucas Wright of Hamilton was 14th (1:52.61) in his first NCAA appearance.

In the decathlon, Bates junior Brendan Donahue had to withdraw due to an injury in the hurdles on Day 2. Donahue scored a career-best first-day total of 3,289 points and stood in 17th place.

The third and final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is set to begin at 11 a.m.