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Women's Track & Field Leads at Heps; Wins 3 Events on Day 1

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/10/2014
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eam scores after five events: Princeton 42, Columbia 21, Harvard 19, Brown 19, Cornell 17, Penn 16, Dartmouth 14, Yale 7.

Qualifiers headed into tomorrow: Dartmouth 13, Cornell 11, Harvard 11, Columbia 10, Penn 6, Princeton 4, Yale 1, Brown 1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (5/10/14) – Princeton women’s track & field won three events to hold the lead after Day 1 of Heps. The event at Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track was postponed for about an hour due to weather.

Julia Ratcliffe threw a Heps record to win the hammer throw. She tossed to 67.75 (222-03). All five of her countable throws would have won the event as she opened with a 64.11, followed by a 67.09, 67.70, 66.86 and then 67.75 in her fifth attempt before a foul on her sixth.

Senior Imani Oliver won the long jump with a PR of 6.02 (19-9) on her final attempt. She also jumped to 5.76 and 5.69, while passing twice and fouling once in an event she competed in only twice this season. Oliver is the first Tiger to win the long jump since 1997 when Nicole Harrison was named the Heps Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 200, 100 hurdles and long jump. Just missing a scoring spot was freshman Alex Lanzafame in seventh place with a PR of 5.65.

Senior Samantha Anderson won her second straight pole vault title. She won the event indoors and kept it up under the sun as she cleared 3.80 (12-5.50) on her second attempt. Anderson wins Princeton's sixth consecutive outdoor pole vault title. Freshman Allison Harris was fourth at 3.70 (12-1.50) as the Tigers grabbed 14 points in the event.

Freshman Megan Curham ran a school record as the runner-up in the 10k. She ran a PR of 33:24.79, which is 7.26 faster than the school record set by Emily Kroshus ’04 one decade ago when she ran 33:32.45 at Mt Sac.

Senior Molly Higgins and sophomore Maria Seykora both qualified for the final of the 1500. Higgins ran 4:32.25 and Seykora ran a PR of 4:33.01.

Junior Kim Mackay will represent the Tigers in the 800. She ran the fourth best time in the prelims at 2:07.63, a PR.

Sophomore Megan McMullin qualified for the 400-meter hurdle final. She ran 1:00.91 in the prelims

After four events of the heptathlon, the Tigers sit 2-5-6-9. Senior Beth McKenna is in second place with 3166 points, just 10 points out of the lea. Sophomore Kerry Krause is fifth with 3044, while sophomore Taylor Morgan is sixth at 2939.

Day 2 begins at 11 a.m., with the high jump.

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