CLAREMONT, CA -- The Williams College women's track and field team finished in a tie for 10th after day one of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships.
Sophomore Amina Avril got things going in the right direction for the Ephs when she finished fourth in the discus, earning All-America honors in the process. Avril was seeded fifth in the event. Her best throw of 147 feet, 3 inches came on her sixth and final throw of the day, although she had a similarly good throw earlier.
In the long jump, Tanasia Hoffler was seeded ninth and finished 11th with a best leap of 18 feet, 8.5 inches on the day. Senior Maya Harakawa competed in the 400 hurdles preliminaries and placed 12th overall , but did not advance to the finals. She was fifth in Heat 2 and the winnners of each of the three heats, plus the next best six times, advanced to the finals. Her time was 1:02.78.
Senior Olivia Delia was seeded 12th in the 1500, but had the 10th fastest time of the day (4:35.26) to advance to Saturday's finals. Sophomore Brianne Mirecki also had a nice run in the 3000 steeplechase, placing third in her heat and sixth overall with a time of 10:53.57. She advanced to Saturday's finals.
The 4x400 relay team of Harakawa, Ashley Graves, Hoffler and Dersiree Darling did not advance out of the prelims, finishing 7th in Heat 2 and 10th overall with a time of 3:50.85.