PRINCETON, N.J. (5/1/13) – The Princeton women’s track & field team hopes to once again hoist the Ivy League trophy, on its home field, as the Tigers host the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this weekend, May 4-5 at Weaver Stadium.
The Tigers have won nine total outdoor titles including wins in 2009 and 2011. Princeton was the runner-up last year.
Princeton lost Eileen Moran ’12 who was a double champion in the 100 and 200 last year to graduation. Senior Abidemi Adenikinju will be looked at to make up some of those points in the sprints. Adenikinju was a scorer in the 100 in 2011 and has a season-best time of 12.27. Senior Erin Guty could be a scorer in the 100 as well as the 200. In the 200, sophomore Emily Easton brings the best chances. She has run a 25.28 this season. A veteran in the 400-meter hurdles, senior Joie Hand should contribute points, as she has the last two outdoor seasons. She has the sixth-best time in the league at 1:01.21 and was third last year and fifth in 2011. Sophomore Kim Mackay and freshman Megan McMullin both have times under 1:05.
Sophomore Cecilia Barowski owns the best time in the league in the 400, at 54.30. She was the runner-up in the event last spring and during this past indoor season.
Six of the top-10 times in the 800 belong to the Orange & Black. The reigning champion senior Greta Feldman has the second-best time in the league at 2:06.97. Following her is Barowski (4th), junior Kacie O’Neil (5th), senior Kristin Smoot (7th), senior Alexis Mikaelian (8th) and junior Molly Higgins (9th). O’Neil was third in the event last year, while Smoot was fifth in the indoor 800.
Feldman also boasts the second-best time in her specialty the 1500. She was the runner-up at Heps last year and went on to finish eighth at the NCAAs. Her time of 4:21.43 is right in front of Mikaelian’s 4:25.25. Higgins, who was a scorer last year in this event, is ninth.
Scoring in the distance events will most likely fall into the hands of the younger Tigers as last year’s scorers have all since graduated. Sophomore Erika Fluehr has the best time for the Tigers in the 3,000 this season while senior Mel Newbery had one of the best times in the league in the indoor 3k. Sophomore Jackie Nicholas has the fastest time on the team in the 5,000. In the 10k, senior Abby Levene should contend for the title. She has the fourth-best time in the league at 34:21.08. Fluehr, Nicholas and junior Marissa Cummings also have scoring potential.
Three Tigers have posted solid times in the steeplechase this season. Newbery has the second-best time in the league at 10:18.66. Nicholas and Gallagher have experience in the event and have both clocked under 11 minutes.
The 4x800 relay is coming off of an Ivy League record-setting time from Penn Relays. The relay clocked an 8:27.26 and has won the last two outdoor Heps titles, as well as the last four indoor titles. The 4x400 has the third-best time in the league at 3:47.80 and was the runner-up last year and third during this past indoor season. The reigning 4x100 relay champion looks to make it three-in-a-row after winning in 2012 and 2011.
Senior Tory Worthen is looking to become the first Princeton female to win eight titles in the same event. There have only been six eight-time champions in Heps history and no one has ever done it in the pole vault. She has a season-best 3.90 (12-9.5) but has cleared 4.12 (13-6.25) in her career. Senior Lauren Tauscher and Samantha Anderson also have top-10 marks in the pole vault. Tauscher was the runner-up last year, and Anderson was the runner-up in 2011.
Junior Imani Oliver could walk away with the title in the triple jump. She has the second-best mark in the league at 12.71 (41-85) and owns the Princeton record in the event. She has been a scorer in every triple jump, indoor and outdoor, during her career including a runner-up finish last spring.
Senior Erin Guty has the seventh-best jump in the league in the long jump at 5.65 (18-6.5). She was fourth in the event last year. Adenikinju has recently started to compete in the event as well and could score here.
Princeton has four options in the high jump. Freshman Taylor Morgan, junior Theresa Kennedy, freshman Kerry Krause and freshman Inka Busack are within one inch of each other, between 1.65 (5-5) and 1.68 (5-6). Morgan and Kennedy were both scorers during the indoor season.
Freshman Julia Ratcliffe has a huge edge over the rest of the Ivy League in the hammer throw. Her best mark this season of 68.80 (225-9) is 27 feet further than the next throw in the league. Ratcliffe was second in the weight throw during the indoor season. Freshman Brielle Rowe has the best discus throw at 44.26 (145-2). Junior Chelsea Cioffi could score in either event as she ranks 11th in the league in both the hammer and discus.
Junior Ashley Vandolah and sophomore Sarah Waszkewitz are the top javelin throws. Vandolah has thrown to 39.10 (128-3) and Waszkewitz to 39.77 (130-6) this season.
McKenna and Krause are both in scoring position in the heptathlon. McKenna ranks third with 4,468 points, while Krause is sixth at 4,091 points. McKenna was a scorer last year and has scored in her last two indoor Heps pentathlons.