No. 3 Williams takes second place
Ephs tally four victories at Yellow Jacket Invitational
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- No. 3 Williams traveled to American International College to compete in the second annual Yellow Jacket Invitational. Williams placed second with 162 points amongst some Division I competition. Massachusetts was first with 175.5 points, and Harford placed third with 101.50 points.
There were many stellar performances in the mid-distance events. Maya Harakawa placed first in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal record of 1:03.30, an NCAA provisional qualifier. In the 800 meters, Rebecca Fine placed third in 2:18.49 and Anna Spiers was close behind in 2:19.50.
Both times were ECAC Division III qualifiers. In the open 400 meters, Ashley Graves and Amanda Murashige placed third and fourth respectively in times of 59.60 and 59.61. (ECAC Division III qualifiers).
Amina Avril placed in all three throwing events. Avril was first in the discus with a NEICAAA qualifying throw of 41.73 meters, second in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.88 meters, and third in the shot put.
Eileen Becker also placed in the shot put and discus -- fifth and sixth respectively. Kathyrn Evans placed fourth in the hammer throw with a ECAC Division III qualifying throw of 44.58 meters. Becker and Avril also qualified for ECACs in the shot put.
Julie Paschal placed second in the high jump with a mark of 1.60 meters and also qualified for ECACs. In the pole vault, Lucy Bergwall placed fifth. In the long jump, Tanasia Hoffler placed fourth, Karyn Moss was seventh and Brooke Johnson placed 11th. Johnson also won the triple jump and Moss placed third in this same event.
In the sprints, Hoffler placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a NEICAAA qualifying mark of 15.13. Annie Lynch placed fourth in the 200 meters and Haley Stewart placed seventh.
In the long-distance events, there were qualifying performances in both the 5000 and 10000 meters. Kayleigh Kenny placed second in the 5K with a NEICAAA qualifier of 18:09.84. Alison Smith ran a strong 18:14.78 in her first race back from injury. Amelia Ortiz swept the competition in her first 10K with a time of 37:09.20. Louisa Lee also ran the event for the first time and finished in 41:16.40.