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Women's Track & Field Heads to Heps at Dartmouth This Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/28/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Senior Imani Oliver has been a scorer in the triple jump at every Heps.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (2/26/14) – The Princeton women’s track & field team heads to Dartmouth to compete in the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship this weekend, March 1 & 2.

On Sunday between 12-5:15 p.m., the meet will be webstreamed on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live results are also available. Links to both are provided above.

SPRINTS & HURDLES
Juniors Joanna Anyanwu and Emily Easton have the Tigers’ best times in the 60-meter dash. Anyanwu clocked a PR of 7.82 at Sykes & Sabock earlier this month. Easton has reached the final of the 60 three times this season and has season-best time of 7.86 and a PR of 7.79.

Freshman Charquia Wright has the team’s best time in the 200 at 25.82 and could also be a contender in the 60 as well. Classmate Elisa Steele ran 58.10 in the 400 this season, the best time on the team.

Senior Beth McKenna, sophomore Kerry Krause and freshman Allison Harris present options in the 60-meter hurdles. McKenna and Krause have both clocked PRs this year at 8.95 and 9.01, while Harris has a 9.03.

MIDDLE DISTANCE & DISTANCE
Junior Kim Mackay and senior Kacie O’Neil deliver the best chances in the 800. McKay is seventh in the league with a 2:09.75 from the Columbia Invite but has run a 2:07 previously. O’Neil is ninth with a 2:10.38. She was sixth in the event at Heps last year and has been a two-time scorer in the event outdoors as well. Another scorer from last year is senior Kristin Smoot. She was fifth last year and has a PR of 2:09.78. Sophomore Meghan McMullin and freshman Rachael Chacko are also in the top-20 in the league.

Junior captain Emily de La Bruyere and freshman Lizzie Bird own the best times in the mile. De La Bruyere ran a PR of 4:50.08 at Sykes & Sabock and ranks eighth in the league. Bird ran 4:51.40 at HYP – her only time racing the vent this year and posted the 11th best time in the league. The pair also has scoring potential in the 3k, as they’ve both run 9:30s.

The Tigers’ best bet in the 3k, and 5k, is cross country All-America freshman Megan Curham. Curham has the third best time in the 5k and seventh best time in the 3k. She ran a 16:20.08 in the 5k at Sykes & Sabock and a 9:29.75 in the 3k at HYP. Junior Kathryn Fluehr would be the next best contender. Fluehr has run a 9:36.99 in the 3k and a 16:57.71 in the 5k.

JUMPS
With the graduation of four-time indoor pole vault champion Tory Worthen ’13 there will be a new champion this year. Looking to keep the crown at Old Nassau are Harris and senior Samantha Anderson. The pair go 2-3 in the league. Harris has cleared 3.71 and Anderson a 3.70. Anderson was the runner-up in the event as a freshman and has been a scorer twice outdoors.

Three Tigers have matching numbers in the high jump. Kennedy, Krause and sophomore Inka Busack have all cleared 1.68 this year to rank 10th in the league. Taylor is another option at 1.65.

Senior Imani Oliver has placed third and fourth in the triple jump the last two years. She has been a scorer each season outdoors and is coming off of an NCAA Championship appearance in the event from outdoor season. She has jumped to 12.55 this season but does own the school record with a PR of 12.87. Freshman Alex Lanzafame has the second-best jump at 11.80 and has the best mark in the long jump at 5.55. Kennedy, senior Lily Miller and sophomore Sara Ronde also rank in the top 20 in the league in the event.

THROWS
It will be another battle for the weight throw title between Julia Ratcliffe and Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu. Ratcliffe has the second-best mark at 19.78 and was the runner-up last year.

RELAYS
The 4x800 is the four-time reigning Heps champion. Smoot has been on three of the last winning relays, while Higgins has been on two and O’Neil on one. The 4x400 was third last year and second the year before.

MULTI
Princeton has a few options to score in the pentathlon with seniors Theresa Kennedy and Beth McKenna as well as sophomore Kerry Krause. All three have scores in the top 10 led by Kennedy’s 3556. McKenna was a scorer in the event the last two years and was a scorer twice outdoor as well.

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