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Women's Track & Field Vies for Heps Title This Weekend at Yale

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/07/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Senior Samantha Anderson won the pole vault indoors.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/6/14) – The Princeton women’s track & field team competes for the 2014 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship this weekend, May 10 & 11 at Yale. The Tigers have won nine outdoor titles in program history; it’s last coming in 2011.

The meet begins on Saturday at 11 a.m., at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track in New Haven, Conn.

In the 100 and 200 Princeton will look to senior Charquia Wright and junior Joanna Anyanwu, who both ran PRs in both events this year. Wright clocked a 12.26 in the 100 and 25.30 in the 200, while Anyanwu put up a 25.15 and a 25.30.

Multi-eventer Beth McKenna owns the Tigers’ best time in the short hurdles. Her 14.37 ranks eighth in the league.

Sophomore Megan McMullin has the fifth-best time in the league in the 400 hurdles at 59.52. Her four other times this season are all better than the seventh-best time in the league, giving her an excellent scoring chance. Junior Kim Mackay ran the event just once this season and it’s the 10th best time in the Ivies at 1:02.85.

Mackay also boasts the team’s best times in both the 400 and 800. She ran a 57.10 in the 400 and a 2:11.20 in the 800. Freshman Zoe Sims ranks ninth in the league in the 800 with a 2:11.94 from the Larry Ellis Invitational, and senior Kristin Smoot, who has been a scorer in this event indoors, is 10th at 2:12.00. Senior Kacie O’Neil has been a scorer twice in this event.

A pair of freshmen hold the best times in the 1500. Lizzie Bird has the sixth-best time in the league at 4:27.42, while Megan Curham has the seventh-best time at 4:28.74. Sophomore Kathryn Fluehr also ranks in the top 10 while senior Molly Higgins, a scorer from 2012 is in the mix with a PR of 4:24.24.

Freshman phenom Curham will be looked at to bring in distance points. An All-America in cross country, Curham was the runner-up indoors in both the 3k and 5k. She has the second-best time in the league in the 3k a 9:20.74 that she put up at the Penn Relays. Her 16:00.71 in the 5k is the fifth-best in the league. Both times are PRs. 

Sisters Kathryn and Erika Fluehr have won run under 17 in the 5k and under 10 in the 3k this season and will provide depth.

Curham and Kathryn Fluehr also rank in the top 10 in the league in the 10k, while only running the event once this season.

Bird owns the third-best time in the steeplechase after a 10:16.47 at the Penn Relays, the fastest collegiate time in the event at the Relays.

The 4x800 relay looks for its fourth consecutive outdoor Heps title. The relay has a league best 8:45.40 from the Penn Relays. The 4x400 has the fifth-best time in the league at 3:48.44 and has finished in the top three in each of the last two years. The 4x100 looks to make a return to the top after winning the event in both 2012 and 2011.

An historic run by Tory Worthen ’13 in the pole vault ended last year with her eighth Heps title. Indoor, senior Samantha Anderson kept the streak alive by winning the event, while freshman Allison Harris was second. Harris has the best mark in the league as she cleared a PR of 3.95 (12-11.5) at Larry Ellis. Anderson has reached 3.85 (12-7.5), the second-best mark in the league, three times this season and has been a scorer indoor and outdoor a combined four times.

Looking to claim her second straight victory in the triple jump is senior Imani Oliver. She holds the school record in the event and has the best jump in the league at 12.91 (42-4.25). She was second in 2012 and a scorer in 2011. Indoors she was second this year, third in 2013 and fourth in 2012. Oliver is Princeton’s best chance at a title in the long jump too. Although not her primary event, she has the fourth-best jump in the Ivies at 5.70 (18-8.5).

Freshman Alex Lanzafame has the potential to score in both the long and triple jumps.

A trio of sophomores is in the top-10 in the high jump, led by Taylor Morgan. A multi-event competitor, Morgan cleared 1.70 (5-7) just last weekend, while Inka Busack who was the runner-up in the event indoor has reached 1.68 (5-6). Morgan has been a scorer in the high jump twice indoors. Kerry Krause has cleared 1.65 (5-5) twice this season.

The nation’s leader in the hammer throw looks for her second consecutive hammer throw title. The league record holder has more than 43-feet advantage on the rest of the competition. She threw a PR of 70.28 (230-7) and has won every hammer throw event she has entered this year.

Senior Chelsea Cioffi has the next best hammer throw on the team as she hit a PR of 48.61 (159-6) this season. Cioffi is also a two-time scorer in the discus, an event led this season by sophomore Brielle Rowe.

Junior Sarah Waszkewitz and senior Ashley Vandolah and are the top javelin throwers. Waszkewitz has thrown to 41.18 (135-1) and Vandolah to 40.88 (134-1) this season.

Three of the top-five scorers in the heptathlon belong to the Orange & Black. McKenna, who has scored in the multi-events five times during her career, was fourth last year and has the third-best score this season of 4820. Krause is fourth in the league at 4795 and Morgan is fifth at 4513. Senior Theresa Kennedy, a scorer this past indoor Heps, looks to do so again in her final outdoor season.

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