Ephs Continue Successful Outdoor Track and Field Season at Smith Carla Coffey Invitational


Northampton, MA – The Williams Women’s team competed at the annual Carla Coffey Invitational at Smith College on April 12th-13th, 2024. Despite poor weather conditions, the Ephs had strong performances across the board. Across the two-day competition, the Ephs faced from other NCAA Division III colleges, including Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst.

Many sprinters from Williams raced well on Saturday. In her first collegiate , Kelsey Tarby ’27 placed 7th with a time of 13.01 seconds. Ella Sukup ’26 also competed in the , placing 8th with a time of 13.03 seconds. Malia Klein ’25 finished the in 13.05 seconds for 9th place a collegiate best. In the 200m dash, Claire Jensen ’27 placed 2nd with a time of 25.78 seconds to qualify for DIII New Englands. Kelsey Tarby ’27 took 14th with a time of 27.08 seconds. Bella King-Harvey ’27 won the 400m dash with an impressive time of 56.92 seconds. This time is an outdoor personal best for the Eph and ranks 5th on the Williams All-Time Performance List. Claire Jensen ’27 finished the race in 58.80 seconds for 2nd place and a personal record. Both Ephs hit DIII New Englands qualifying marks in the 400m. Ziann Facey ’26 represented the Ephs in the hurdles, finishing in 7th with a time of 15.64 seconds. In the 400m hurdles, Camryn Taylor ’24 took 5th with a DIII New Englands qualifying time of 1:06.04.

Ephs were successful in mid-distance and distance races, too. Katerina Papachela ’26 led the Ephs in the 800m, finishing in 2:26.64 for 6th place and a seasonal best. Jordan Liss-Riordan ’27 took 11th with a time of 2:29.48 – a new personal best. In the 1500m, Tamar Byl-Brann placed 9th with a time of 4:55.57, followed close behind by Jordan Liss-Riordan ’27 in 4:58.93 for 12th place. Both Byl-Brann and Liss-Riordan hit personal record times in the 1500m. In the seeded 5000m run, Morgan Eigel ’27 had a strong race, finishing in 17:55.87 for 4th place and a personal best. Kate Swann ’26 also excelled in the seeded 5000m, taking 5th with a personal best time of 18:07.00. Both Eigel and Swann qualified for DIII New Englands in the 5000m. In the unseeded 5000m race, three Ephs placed in the top 5. Hayley Ballard ’27 took 1st with a time of 18:48.52, followed by Eliana Zitrin ’26 who finished in 18:51.19 for 2nd. Both Ballard and Zitrin ran personal best times in the 5000m. Mariem Sayahi ’27 placed 4th in the unseeded 5000m run with a time of 19:07.89. In the 3000m steeplechase, Charlene Peng ’26 clocked in at 11:23.62 for 3rd place. This time was a personal best for Peng and a DIII New Englands qualifying mark.

Several Ephs competed in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the meet. The “A” 4x100m relay team of Bella King-Harvey ’27, Cate Donaldson ’27, Camryn Taylor ’27, and Rachel Arthur ’25 placed 2nd with a seasonal best time of 47.69 seconds. The “B” relay team of Claire Jensen ’27, Malia Klein ’25, Ella Sukup ’26, and Megan Chester ’27 took 7th with a time of 50.24 seconds. The 4x400m ream from Williams, consisting of Kelsey Tarby ’27, Ella Sukup ’26, Greta Vaughn ’26, and Megan Chester ’27, ran a time of 4:18.27 for 5th place.

The Ephs excelled in field events throughout the weekend. Amelie Jamanka ’26 won the high jump with a mark of 1.57m, qualifying her for DIII New Englands. In the pole vault, Ellie Fitzgerald won with a mark of 3.70m. Jae Yu ’25 and Poppy Miller ’25 also competed in the pole vault. Yu took 5th with a mark of 3.55m, and Miller took 8th with a seasonal best mark of 3.40m. All three Ephs hit DIII New Englands qualifying marks in the pole vault. Kelsey Tarby ’27 had a strong long jump performance, placing 7th with a personal best mark of 4.74m.

Chloe Schneeberg ’25 represented the Ephs in the throwing events. Schneeberg broke her personal record in the hammer throw by over 10m, placing 7th with a mark of 38.87m.

The women’s heptathlon took place over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Livi Mazerolle ’26 placed 3rd in the heptathlon, ending with 3906 points. Mazerolle notably accomplished new personal records

Overall, the Carla Coffey Invitational was a strong showcase of the hard work that the Ephs have put in this season so far. They look forward to continuing their successful outdoor season at the NESCAC Championship meet at Tufts University in two weeks.



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