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Tauscher Wins Pole Vault as Women's Track & Field Wraps Ellis Invite

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/22/2012
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Junior Lauren Tauscher
Courtesy: Dan Grossman


PRINCETON, N.J. (4/22/12) - The Princeton women's track & field completed the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium, as the rain held out until the conclusion of the meet on Saturday, April 21.

Junior Lauren Tauscher had a new PR in the pole vault to win the event. Tauscher cleared 3.85 (12-7.50) on her second attempt to take the victory. Senior Bianca Reo also had a PR clearing 3.70 (12-1.50) on her second attempt to finish in fifth place. Junior Tory Worthen also cleared 3.70, on her third attempt to finish seventh.

Senior sprinter Eileen Moran was the runner-up in the 100. In an event of 45 runners, Moran ran 11.87. Moran also competed in the 4x100 that finished third out of 20 teams. The relay of junior Abidemi Adenikinju, junior Erin Guty, sophomore Lily Miller and Moran ran its fastest time of the season, 46.23.

Guty later went on to finish seventh in the long jump. She reached 5.48 (17-11.75) on her third attempt.

Princeton had two other top-10 finishes in the field events. Freshman Nonny Okwelogu took fifth in the discus with a throw of 45.84 (150-05) and sophomore Ashley Vandolah was eighth in the javelin with a mark of 38.43 (1260-01).

Back on the track, sophomore Molly Higgins claimed fourth place in the 800 open with a time of 2:11.84. It was a race to the finish for the top spot as the top four runners all finished at 2:11.

Freshman Cecilia Barowski ran a PR in the 500 to take seventh place. She ran 55.35, 0.10 seconds faster than her previous best, in an event that featured 36 competitors.

In the 400 hurdles, senior Joie Hand ran a PR of 1:00.66 to finish ninth out of 38.

Sophomores Samantha Anderson and Beth McKenna competed in the heptathlon and finished sixth and seventh with 4,332 and 4,314 points, respectively.

The prestigious Penn Relays is up next for the Tigers, April 26-28 at Franklin Field.

Day 1 Recap

Personal bests were abound as the Princeton women's track & field team began the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday, April 20 at Weaver Stadium.

Junior Greta Feldman was the runner-up in the 1500. She ran a PR of 4:18.86, shaving 1:43 off her previous best time of 4:21.09. That time is the second-best time in Princeton program history. The record is 4:17.15 set by Laura Cattivera in 1989. Feldman was the top collegiate finisher with unattached Melissa Salerno taking first at 4:16. Feldman and Salerno were the only two in the race of 63 to clock in in under 4:21. Freshman Molly Higgins placed in the top 10, taking eighth at 4:24.24. Her time was a PR as well, taking more than four seconds off her previous best time.

Sophomore Kacie O'Neil and freshman Cecilia Barowski both ran PRs in the 800 Elite. O'Neil ran a 2:09.22 to finish ninth and Barowksi was a few strides back clocking in at 2:09.95 for 13th place in a race of 60.

In the 5000, junior Abby Levene ran a big PR taking more than 1:03 off her previous best time to post a time of 16:38.78, bettering her previous best of 17:42.35 to finish ninth.

Day 2 begins at Weaver Stadium tomorrow, April 21 at noon with the 4x100, shot put and long jump. Follow the live results here.








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