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Worthen Makes Ivy League History with 8th Pole Vault Win at Heps

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/04/2013
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Senior Tory Worthen won the pole vault title eight out of eight times during her Princeton career.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/4/13) - Senior Tory Worthen made Ivy League history as she won her eighth career pole vault title as Princeton opened Day 1 of the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at home at Weaver Stadium.

Worthen swept the event during her career.She is just the seventh athlete in Ivy League history to sweep an individual event, second at Princeton and first on the women’s team. (*see list below).

Worthen cleared 3.82 on her first attempt while four others failed to clear the mark. Junior Samantha Anderson finished in fifth place with a 3.72 (12-2.50) as the Tigers claimed 12 points in the event.

Leading the day off was freshman Julia Ratcliffe setting a meet record in the hammer throw. She virtually won the event on her first throw to lead off Flight 2 as it landed at 62.95. Ratcliffe could do better. She threw to 64.25, 65.01, 65.80 and 66.81. Ratcliffe owns the school and league record in the hammer already with a throw of 68.80 from the Larry Ellis Invitational. That throw ranks her second nationally.

Senior Abby Levene gave Princeton two more points in the final event of the day, the 10k. Levene clocked 34:43.18 to finish in fifth out of 16.

Seniors Erin Guty and Abidemi Adenikinju just missed scoring in the long jump as they finished seventh and eighth. Guty was shut out again in the 100 as she finished one place out of qualifying for the final.

After Day 1 of the heptathlon junior Beth McKenna sits in third place with 3,041 points, just 217 points out of first place. Freshman Kerry Krause is in seventh with 2,648 points. They will finish up with three events tomorrow: the long jump, javelin and 800.

Sophomore Cecilia Barowski ran the best time in the trials of the 400. She easily won her heat at 54.17, a PR and a school record. Barowski already claimed the school record earlier this season running a 54.30 at the George Mason Invitational. Barowski will run for the title tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Greta Feldman won heat 2 of the 1500 to advance to tomorrow’s finals. She clocked a 4:25.95, the second best time in the event behind Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino’s 4:24.74. Feldman has a PR of 4:12.73 in this event, an event she ran in the US Olympic Trials. Senior Alexis Mikaelian and junior Molly Higgins also advanced with times of 4:25.98 and 4:28.92, respectively. The 1500 final is slated for a 1:40 p.m., start.

Feldman put up the best time in the 800 as she clocked a 2:06.14 to win heat one by three seconds. Junior Kacie O’Neil won heat 3 at 2:10.13 while senior Kristin Smoot was second in heat 2 with a PR of 2:09.03. All three advance to the final at 3 p.m.

Senior Joie Hand is moving on to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked a 1:01.14 to take third in her heat and sixth overall. Sophomore Kim Mackay and freshman Meghan McMullin just missed qualifying as they finished ninth and 10th. The final will be at 3:25 p.m.

After five events Princeton is in third place with 24 points. Cornell leads with 44 followed by Brown with 32. Penn and Columbia each have 20 points, followed by nine for Dartmouth and six for Harvard.

Other events Princeton will be competing in tomorrow include: Discus (Cioffi, Rowe), high jump (Busack, Kennedy, Morgan), 5k (Cummings, Fluehr, Levene, Nicholas), steeplechase (Gallagher, Newbery) and the 3k (Fluehr, Newbery, Nicholas).

*Meredith Rainey, Harvard (400) 1987-90; Dora Gyorffy, Harvard (HJ) 1998-01; Joslyn Woodard, Yale (LJ) 2003-06; Erison Hurtalt, Columbia (400) 2004-07; Leo Williams, Navy (HJ) 1980-83; Tora Harris, Princeton (HJ) 1998-99, 01-02.

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