Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. - For the first time since 2007, the Williams Women's Indoor Track and Field team won the NCAA Championship. The Ephs finished with 42 points, edging second-place Washington University by two points (40). George Fox finished third with 29 points. Not only did the women win the title, but multiple school records were broken as well as personal bests set.
The day began with the high jump. Representing Williams was Emma Egan and Kene Odenigbo. Odenigbo performed well, registering the second-best mark she has all season. She finished in 14th place and finished above her seed. Egan had an outstanding day in the event. Until the final height, Egan a perfect high jump performance. The highest jump she cleared was 1.77 meters, a new personal best and she broke her own school record. This jump was good enough to win the national championship, and gain 10 points for the Ephs.
Next on the track was Caitlin Ubl in the 60-meter hurdles. Coming into the meet seeded in seventh place, Ubl ran in 8.84 seconds to finish sixth and pick up three points for Williams.
Anna Passannante had the meet of her life. Before Passannante's races began, the Ephs trailed Washington University by 19 points. Starting with the mile race, Passannante was seeded fourth she finished with a time of 4:46 to take second and set a school record. Passannante earned eight points from the performance. Less than an hour later, Passannante came back to race in the 800 meters. Taking the beginning of the race easy and sitting in 7th place, she kicked into another gear, exploding in her last lap and finished the 800 in 2:11.03 (2nd), a new personal best and another school record and another eight points for the Ephs.
Going into the final event the Ephs trailed by three points. In order to win the NCAA title, the 4x400-meter relay team needed to come in fifth (6th place to tie). The team, composed of Davis Collison, Ella Dunn, Ubl, and Megan Powell, did what they needed to do and more. With Collison came out quickly in the first leg, taking the lead and the rest of the team maintained it. With each leg of the relay, the women created more and more distance between the rest of the heat to finish in a time of 3:50.59, good for fourth overall and five points.
This championship wraps up an incredible season. The Ephs finished as NCAA National Champions, New England Division III Champions, and Little Three Champions.
In addition to Williams winning the overall NCAA women's title, approximately 80 NESCAC athletes competed in the national championship meet. Other top performances included:
The Middlebury men's distance medley relay team won the national title in the event. The quartet earns the first indoor national championship in program history and the third for the Panthers, joining the 2011 and 2012 women's DMR teams. The Panther team of Nathan Hill, Arden Coleman, Jimmy Martinez, and Jonathan Perlman combined for an NCAA-winning time of 9:56.54, claiming the title by 2.21 seconds over runner-up North Central (Ill.).
Wesleyan sophomore Ivie Uzamere captured the NCAA title in the weight throw after placing first with a personal best mark of 19.36m. Uzamere becomes the fourth track & field athlete to win an NCAA National Championship and first ever in a field event. Her winning mark shattered her own school record (17.45m) that she set back in 2018. The last Wesleyan NCAA Track & Field Champion was Ellen Davis '07 who won the indoor 5k in 2007.