MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After compiling 37 first-place finishes through 15 meets during the 2017-18 season, the Wesleyan University women's track & field team has zoned in on the 2018 NESCAC Championship, which is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday at Trinity College.
All 11 NESCAC teams will compete at the Jesse Miller Field in Hartford, Conn., as the Cardinals totaled 12 top-10 finishes during the 2017 conference championship on April 29, 2017, at Bowdoin. Williams collected first-place honors on both the men's and women's side last year in Brunswick, Maine.
"The team gets really excited about the NESCAC Championship because of how competitive the meet is," said Tess Holland '18. "Although we are a small team, we take this opportunity to show our support for every teammate that is competing because we have learned that this makes a huge difference in the quality of performance for the entire team. The expectation for this meet is to have everyone focused on their respective events, but also to have them invested in the success of everyone on the team."
Jenny Aguiar '19 took home fourth-place honors in the 400-meter dash, while Katie Maehl '19 and Tara Peng '20 finished fifth overall during the high jump and pole vault, respectively, at the 2018 NESCAC Championship. The unit additionally grabbed fourth-place accolades in the 4x400m and 4x800m relay events.
Ivie Uzamere '21 has been phenomenal during her rookie campaign in 2017-18, earning USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field All-Region Team honors in the weight throw and shot put, and qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the weight throw.
On two occasions this past winter the Cardinals earned runner-up acknowledgement as a team, placing second out of 16 at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational on Jan. 27, and grabbing the second slot out of six during the Smith Invite on Jan. 20. The group has also performed admirably in team-oriented events, garnering first-place laurels during five relays this season.
Wesleyan is carrying a great deal of momentum into this meet, as the unit compiled nine first-place finishes at the Elmer Swanson Invitational this past Saturday in Middletown, Conn.
Cardinals to Watch:
- Aguiar, who hails from Port Washington, N.Y., has been a focal point for the Cardinals all season, tallying five first-place nods in individual events, as she crossed the finish line first in the 200m and 400m at the Elmer Swanson Invitational.
- Sara Pinsonault '20 has won a trio of individual events during the 2017-18 year, including setting a school record with a time of 11:19.06 in the 3,000m steeplechase during the Silfen Invitational.
- Julia Mitchell '19, a Bellevue, Wash. native, led the pack in the 3,000m at the Indoor Little Three Championship and during the 800m at the Elmer Swanson Invitational.
- Uzamere, a White Plains, N.Y. native, holds the school record in the weight throw event (17.45m), which she set during the Last Chance Meet on March 3. She has compiled seven first-place finishes between the weight throw and shot put, while sweeping the two events at three separate meets.
- Julia Cella '21 placed first in the 400m at the Indoor Little Three Championship and during the 800m at the Wesleyan Spring Classic, while Caroline Diemer '18 has placed first overall once in the shot put and weight throw.
- Becky Lopez-Anido '21 was the first-place finisher in the 600m at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational and during the 800m at the Amherst Spring Fling, while Peng was a three-time winner of the pole vault event.
- Maehl won a trio of individual events this year, and Alex Dibrindisi '19, Ananya Subrahmanian '18, and Isobel Wright '21 each came in first place during one individual event.