Willams edges out NE championship
Ephs’ Hoffler recovers from fall to tally deciding point
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- No. 5 Williams won the Division III New England title by one point after a close battle with No. 3 MIT. Going into the meet, MIT was projected to beat the Ephs by about 50 points, but Williams picked up points throughout the events. Williams ended up with 143 points, MIT scored 142, Bowdoin finished with 72 for third place.
The meet started out with field events, including the pole vault and triple jump. Jenna Adams placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 3.65m. Tanasia Hoffler won both the long and triple jumps by a comfortable margin. Hoffler jumped 12.12m in the triple jump and holds the meet record for this event with her jump of 12.20m last year.
Karyn Moss came back from her impressive heptathlon to place fourth in this event and Brooke Johnson placed seventh. Johnson also placed in the long jump with a mark of 5.28m, a season best. Julie Paschal placed second in the high jump with her jump of 1.58m.
In the shot put, Amina Avril placed fourth with a throw of 12.40m and Eileen Becker placed seventh with a throw of 12.10m. Avril also competed in the weight throw, where she placed third with a mark of 17.11m.
On the track, the events began with the Distance Medley Relay. The team of Adrienne Strait , Dianna Mejia, Julieanne Fontana, and Olivia Delia placed fourth with a time of 12:34.47.
Also in the middle distance events, Brianne Mirecki ran a double of the mile run and 1000 meters with little recovery time between. Mirecki ran 4:58.03 in the mile for third place behind two top Middlebury runners and came back to place second in the 1000 in a time of 2:59.33. In the 600 meters, Rebecca Fine ran a personal best time of 1:38.24 for fifth place. Hillary Higgs raced in the top heat of the 400 meters and placed eighth.
In the shorter sprints, Higgs also placed in the 200 meters. Her time of 25.78 placed fourth. Tanasia Hoffler also ran the 200 metres in a time of 26.59 for 10th. Hoffler also made it to 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.94 seconds. In the finals, she was leading the race, but then her foot got caught on a hurdle.
Hoffler was still able to stay in her lane and earn one point for eighth, which ended up being crucial. The Williams 4x200 relay team of Haley Stewart, Amanda Murashige, Annie Lynch, and Ashley Graves placed third in a time of 1:44.39.
Chiara Del Piccolo glided to an easy win in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:22.95. Del Piccolo has already run a 17-minute 5K this season, but paced herself with the other runners for this race and only let out her speed in the last few laps.
Marisa Repka and Amelia Ortiz ran the 5000 together and tallied times of 18:10.24 and 18:11.01 respectively. Del Piccolo came from the 5K to also win the 3000 meters in 10:09.36 and teammate Kaleigh Kenny placed second in the event in 10:11.78. The 3K was the last individual event of the meet and so these points were crucial going into the 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relays.
In the 4x400m, the Williams team of Maya Harakawa, Amanda Murashige, Rebecca Fine, and Dianna Mejia placed third in a time of 4:02.47 from the second heat. With only the 4x800m to go, the Ephs had an eight-point lead on MIT. The 4x800m team of Adrienne Strait, Anna Spiers, Oliva Delia, and Rebecca Fine placed sixth in a nerve-racking race.
The first heat of 4x800m, which included Williams, handed off the batons a lap early during one of the legs. The last runner of each team had to run an extra lap to make up for the mistake.
At the end of meet, it was unclear if only the first heat would be disqualified, the whole event would not count, or if the times would stand. In the end, all the times counted and Williams won the entire meet by only one point.