Women's Track & Field to Defend Outdoor Title at Heps
PRINCETON, N.J. (5/3/12) - The Princeton women's track & field team seeks to defend its Ivy League outdoor title as the Tigers compete at the 2012 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship May 5-6 at Penn.
Princeton has won nine total outdoor titles, including wins in 2009 and 2011. Columbia won the indoor title in February with host Cornell taking second. The Tiger stumbled finishing sixth.
92.25. That's the number of Heps points senior Eileen Moran has captured for Princeton in her career to this point. Moran won the 100 last year and took third as a sophomore and a freshman. She has the best time in the league in the event at 11.87. She was the runner-up in the 200, steadily moving up after taking third in 2010 and sixth in 2009. Moran ranks fifth in the league in the 200 at 24.54. Junior Abidemi Adenikinju and freshman Emily Easton also has potential to score in the sprints.
Junior Joie Hand placed fifth in the 400-intermediate hurdles last year and stands at the same position in the league with a time of 1:00.64.
DISTANCE & DISTANCE
Freshman Cecilia Barowski has been a pleasant addition to the middle distance corps. She is fourth in the league in the 400 at 55.35. Junior Carrie Vuong has the next best time on the team at 56.78.
Junior Greta Feldman has the best times in the league in both the 800 and the 1500. At 2:06.66, she is the only runner to check in under 2:07 in the 800. She was third in the 1500 last spring and has a time of 4:18.86 this year, more than three seconds ahead of the next best time. Classmate Alexis Mikaelian ranks the top-10 in both events. She was the runner-up in the 1500 last year and was fourth in 2010. Other potential scorers in the middle distance are sophomore Kacie O'Neil and junior Molly Higgins. Higgins has the fifth-best time in the 1500 at 4:24.24, and O'Neil 2:09.22 in the 800 in eighth.
Junior Abby Levene is Princeton's best bet in the distance. She has top-10 times in both the 5k and 10k at 16:38.78 and 35:32.64. Senior Alex Banfich hasn't run either event this season but has solid Heps experience in the pair. She has been a scorer every year in the 5k and was third in the 3k in 2010. Indoors, Banfich has four runner-up finishes and has scored on two other occasions. Sophomore Theresa Devine picked up points for the Tigers in the indoor 5k placing. Junior Abby Hewitt has run the second-best times for the Tigers in both the 5k and 10k this season.
A pair of freshmen has been tackling the steeplechase this year, Jackie Nicholas and Emily de la Bruyere. Nicholas' best time of 10:48.56 ranks sixth in the league and de la Bruyere's 10:57.57 is eighth.
Princeton is tops in the league in two of three relays. The 4x800 ran 8:42.48 at Penn Relays nearly 10 seconds ahead of the next best Ivy school, Columbia. The 4x400 ran a school record of 3:40.39 this past weekend at Penn Relays, more than three seconds faster than the next best time by Cornell. The Tigers' 4x100 ranks third at 46.23, but is a mere .11 seconds outside of first. The relay's time is a Princeton record. The 4x100 and 4x800 both won last spring.
Freshman Nonny Okwelogu owns the league's best mark in the discus, which is also a school record, at 48.59 (159-5). She also has a top-10 mark in the shot put, while sophomore Chelsea Cioffi is in the top-10 in the discus an event she scored in last spring. Cioffi is also Princeton's favorite in the hammer throw.
Princeton has two options in the javelin, sophomore Ashley Vandolah and freshman Sarah Waszkewitz. Vandolah has thrown to 39.90 (130-11) and Waskewitz to 39.27 (128-10) to rank seventh and eighth in the league.
Junior Tory Worthen is seeking her sixth straight pole vault title, having one two outdoors and three indoors. Juniors Lauren Tauscher and Bianca Reo are both in the top-10 in the league. Tauscher has been a scorer in the event. Current Tigers who have also scored in the event in the past are sophomore Samantha Anderson and senior Lydia Arias.
Sophomore Imani Oliver is second in the league in the triple jump with a mark of 12.50 (41-0.25). She was fourth in the event last spring and this past winter. Oliver also has a chance to score in the long jump, as does junior Erin Guty who ranks eighth in the league at 5.72 (18-9.25).
Anderson and Beth McKenna are second and third in the league in the heptathlon. McKenna was a scorer in the decathlon this past indoor season.