4x100 Sets Meet Record as Women's Track & Field Concludes Sam Howell Invite
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/7/12) - Princeton started the day off with a bang winning the 4x100. Junior Abidemi Adenikinju, junior Erin Guty, sophomore Lily Miller and senior Eileen Moran ran a meet record of 46.83 to win the race.
Freshman Jackie Nicholas followed up with a second victory for the Tiger with a first-place finish in the 1500. Nicholas ran a 4:42.33 to beat out 16 other runners. Classmate Gina Talt was eighth in the event at 4:47.33.
Freshman Cecilia Barowski ran 56.19 in the 400 to place fourth. She was the top collegiate runner in the event, with the three runners in front of her from professional running clubs. Junior Joie Hand finished eighth at 56.51.
Coming off of her win in the 4x100, Moran was the runner-up in the 100. Her time of 11.98 was the best collegiate time in the event as the top time of 11.76 belonged to unattached sprinter Johanna Danois.
In the 800, junior Greta Feldman ran 2:09.04 to finish third overall. Her time would have been a meet record but two unattached runners finished in front. The meet record would incidentally be re-written by the same runner who set it two years ago, Kate Grace when she was at Yale in 2010. Now with the New Jersey-New York Track Club she ran 2:04.83. Taking fifth in the 800 was junior Alexis Mikaelian with a time of 2:11.31.
In the lone distance race of the day, the 3000, sophomore Molly Higgins took third. Higgins ran 10:02.77 in an event that featured 19 runners.
Freshman Nonny Okwelogu was the runner-up in the shot put. She threw to 12.89 (42-3.50) on her fourth attempt. Over in the high jump sophomore Beth McKenna cleared 1.51 (4-11.50) to place seventh overall.
Sophomore Imani Oliver was the runner-up in the triple jump and was eighth in the long jump. Oliver reached 12.18 (39-11.50) on her third attempt of the triple jump. She jumped a PR of 5.30 (17-4.75) on her third try of the long jump, before passing on her final three chances. Three other competitors also passed on their final three attempts after a competitor from a track club severely injured her ankle on a jump.
One of the more interesting events of the day was the pole vault. A nice 60-degree day in Princeton but occasional strong gusts of wind moved the event indoors. Nonetheless junior Lauren Tauscher was the runner-up clearing 3.85 (12-7.50). Junior Tory Worthen and senior Bianca Reo both reached 3.75 (12-3.50) as the pair tied for third. And with a mark of 3.35 (10-11.75), senior Lydia Arias place eighth.
The 4x400 relay of sophomore Carrie Vuong, Moran, Barowski and Hand capped off the day with a second-place finish. In the final event of the day, the Tigers bested the meet record and ran 3:48.03 with only the NJ-NY Track Club running a better time.
Princeton will compete in the annual Penn-Yale-Princeton meet next Saturday, April 14 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.