Women's Track & Field Ready for Redemption at This Weekend's Heps
PRINCETON, N.J. (2/21/13) - The Princeton women's track and field team looks to return to the top of the podium as the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship takes place this weekend, Feb. 22 & 23 at Harvard.
Princeton had a three-year indoor streak halted last year by Columbia. It was one of the most disappointing weekends for Princeton last year as the Tigers finished sixth.
Princeton is one of the top contenders this year, owning the top mark in four events along with Columbia. Only Harvard has more with five. Cornell and Dartmouth have three top marks apiece.
SPRINTS & HURDLES
Senior Abidemi Adenikinju, senior Erin Guty and sophomore Joanna Anyanwu will be the Tigers' best chances in the short sprints. They each have marks in the top 20 and Adenikinju has been a scorer before in the event, placing fifth as a freshman. In the 60 hurdles, junior Beth McKenna has potential as she has hit a PR twice already this season, most recently clocking a 9.05 at HYP.
Sophomore Cecilia Barowki has the best time in the league in the 400 and ranks fourth in the league in the 200. She ran the 200 just once this year and has the fourth-best time in the league at 24.77. Her main event is the 400. Barowski clocked a PR of 54.75 at HYP, just missing the school record. She was the runner-up in the event during the outdoor Heps.
Guty is a contender in the 200 as well, ranking in the top 10 with a 25.03. Other contenders in the 200 are Adenikinju and freshman Sara Ronde.
Senior Joie Hand and freshman Meghan McMullin also have the potential to score in the 400. Hand has been a scorer in the 400 hurdles and has run PRs each time she has run the 400 flat this season.
MIDDLE DISTANCE & DISTANCE
Four of the top 10 marks in the 800 belong to Tigers. Senior Greta Feldman boasts the best time at 2:08.78, the only runner in the league to run under 2:09. Senior Alexis Mikaelian is fifth at 2:09.79, followed by senior Kristin Smoot at 2:11.59 and senior Melissa Zajdel at 2:11.70.
Princeton also has four of the top 10 marks in the mile. Feldman ranks sixth at 4:45.44 with senior Mel Newbery running a 4:47.60 followed by Mikelian at 4:49.30 and sophomore Emily de La Bruyere at 4:51.04.
de La Bruyere has Princeton's best time in the 3000 at 9:26.62. She was a scorer during the outdoor season in the steeplechase.
Sophomore Jackie Nicholas and senior Abby Levene also rank in the top 10 in the event, both with times under 9:35. The pair also provide the Tigers' best times in the 5000. Nicholas' time of 16:33.69 is third in the league. Freshman Lindsay Eysenbach is a potential scorer as well.
The 4x800 relay has won in each of the last three indoor Heps. The Tigers enter the meet with the second-best time in the league. Junior Molly Higgins, junior Kacie O'Neil, Smoot and Mikaelian ran 9:04.43 at HYP. The 4x800 relay was second last year. The relay of Zajdel, Feldman, Barowski and Hand clocked a 3:46.08 at HYP to sport the third-best time in the league.
It will be a battle in the weight throw between freshman Julia Ratcliffe and Adabelle Ekechukwu of Harvard. Both reset Ivy League records this season. Ratcliffe set the mark twice to start the season with her best throw reaching 19.74. Ekecukwu found 20.11 at HYP two weeks ago. Junior Chelsea Cioffi could score points in the weight and shot put as well. She has a top-10 mark in the weight at 15.26 and has thrown to 11.50 in the shot. Freshman Brielle Rowe has had the Tigers' best mark in the shot this season and vie for a scoring spot as well.
Looking for a four-year sweep of the pole vault is senior Tory Worthen. Worthen enters the meet once again with the top mark in the league at 4.00. She is the Ivy League record holder, clearing 4.12 earlier in her career. Senior Lauren Tauscher has scored points in the event in the past. She has the sixth-best height in the league at 3.70, and was the runner-up during the outdoor season.
Junior Imani Oliver has been a scorer in three triple jumps. She was the runner-up during the outdoor season and has two other fourth-place finishes. Oliver has the third-best mark in the league at 12.21 but has reached 12.49 in her career.
Three Tigers have top-10 marks in the high jump, led by freshman Taylor Morgan. She has a mark of 1.75 in the high jump to rank third. Junior Theresa Kennedy and freshman Inka Busack have both cleared 1.73 in their respective careers.
In addition to her strengths in the sprints, Guty can score in the jumps as well. She was fourth at outdoor Heps last spring and has the fifth-best mark in the league at 5.71. Guty has reached 5.82 in her career. Other scorers include junior Lily Miller and Ronde.
Junior Samantha Anderson, Kennedy and McKenna have each competed in pentathlons this season. Kennedy has the best score, at 3289. McKenna has scored 3254 points and Anderson 2978.