iHeps12 — Women’s Sprints & Hurdles

Will seniors Eileen Moran of Princeton and Melissa Hewitt of Cornell prevail in the sprints this year or will they give way to the League’s season leader in both the 60m and 200m dashes — Columbia sophomore Marvellous Iheukwumere, who has run 7.56 in the 60 and 24.52 in the 200. Hewitt, long a superstar at Cornell, has run faster times in both events in the past, but not in 2012, while Moran has been a prolific Heps scorer for the Tigers. She is always in the hunt as the finish tape is unfurled. (ed note: I know, there is no tape anymore, but it sounded good.) But there are other young sprinters who look prepared for a challenge. Penn sophomore Gabrielle Piper looks to contend in both the 60 and the hurdles while three freshmen — Lydia Ali of Penn and Katie Woodford and Zena Kolliesuah of Cornell — have posted competitive times already. In the hurdles, here is the deal. Put three of the four fastest in Heps’ history on the line and see what transpires. Columbia senior Kyra Caldwell has been the stalwart here, winning this event each of the last two years. Her 8.52 Heps’ time a year ago is third all-time behind former Harvard Olympian Brenda Taylor and another potential 2012 champion Ashtynn Baltimore, who ran 8.43 two years ago as a freshman but did not compete in 2011. And yet, the favorite may well be Brown senior Susan Scavone, who has the League’s best 2012 time, an 8.53 just last weekend. And yet, counting out Penn’s aforementioned Piper or the Cornell duo of Danielle Silas and Taylor Baird would be unwise. — Brett Hoover

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