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38 Days, 38 Sports: Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/08/2013
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Julia Ratcliffe had the second-best throw in the nation during her freshman year at Princeton.
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.

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 Princeton Women's Outdoor Track & Field: Five Numbers to Know
1979 First season 9

Heptagonal titles

30 NCAA Appearances 23 All-America honors 2 Olympians

 Head Coach

Peter Farrell
First and only head coach at Princeton
• Led the Tigers to 26 Heps titles in his 35-year tenure
• Has coached 42 All-Americas
• Won 2 USTFCCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year honors


Two to Watch

Julia Ratcliffe '16
• 2013 Second-Team All-America
• 2nd-best throw in the country in 2013
11th at 2013 NCAA Outdoors in triple jump
• Holds school record in the hammer & weight
• Ivy League record holder in the hammer


Imani Oliver '14
• Honorable Mention All-America in 2013
18th at 2013 NCAA Outdoors in triple jump
• Holds both indoor & outdoor school records in the triple
• 2013 Heps Champion in the triple jump, 2nd in 2012 and 4th 2011
• First Tiger to qualify for the NCAAs triple jump final


 Five Princeton Women's Outdoor Trakc & Field Facts

• Princeton has had two triple crowns in its history, winning the league's cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in 1980-81 and 2010-11. In 2010-11 the men also had a triple crown leading Princeton to being just the 10th school in the nation to sweep all six titles in a single academic year.

Lauren Simmons '02 posted Princeton's best finish at the NCAAs. Simmons was the runner-up in the 800 in 2002 clocking a 2:05.8. She held the school record until 2013 when Greta Feldman clocked a 2:03.34.

•  Princeton has had more athletes coming in the 5k that any other event at the NCAA Championships. Katy McCandless in 1992 (16:31.14/4th), Kristin Beaney in 1994 (16:43.68/6th), Ken Goette in 1996 (17:12.01/12th), Cack Ferrell in 2006 (16:24.64/11th), Ashley Higginson in 2008 (17:37.46/21st) and Alex Banfich in 2010 (16:06.79/8th) and in 2011 (16:19.70/20th).

Kristin Beaney '94 and Emily Kroshus '04 are in a league of their own. They are the only two Tigers to have earned All-America honors in each of the three seasons in the same year. Beaney was a cross country All-America in 1993, indoor in 1994 and outdoor in 1994. Kroshus was a cross country All-America in 2003, indoor in 2004 and outdoor in 2004.

Ashley Higginson '11 recently made the US Track & Field Team that will compete at the World Championship, after placing second at the USA Track & Field Championship in the steeplechase. Higginson was an alternate at the London Olympics, as she was fourth at the US Trials. Higginson competed in three NCAA finals in the steeplechase during her Princeton career placing 16th, sixth and third.

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