iHeps12 — Women’s Throws

In 2011, Brown alumni Brynn Smith won both the shot put and weight throw. In 2012, the top returning underclassmen from 2011, Victoria Imbesi (Cornell) in the shot put and Adabelle Ekechukwu (Harvard) in the weight throw, have risen up and lead the league in Smith’s place. Imbesi has reset the Cornell’s school record in the shot multiple times with her current season’s best of 48-0 3/4. She should not rest too comfortably right now as there are two other throwers who are within a foot of her: Harvard’s Shannon Watt and Dartmouth’s Emmaline Berg. Imbesi does have the edge though as at the Saturday Night at the Armory II, she defeated Watt in a head-to-head matchup while Berg’s seasonal best of 47-1 3/4 was set in early January at the Dartmouth Relays. HepsTrack is expecting Dartmouth to get a lot of points in the shot put this weekend with three throwers in the top six — Berg, Corinne Kominkiewicz and Christina Alexander. Ekechukwu may not have thrown that much this winter, but each times she throws, she sets a new personal best. Ekechukwu was already surpassed her top throw from 2011 by more than three feet, which was set at the 2011 Indoor Heps. She is currently the only women’s thrower over 60 feet. Like the men’s weight throw, the battle will be for second place as Erin Rossi of Cornell, Lacey Craker of Brown and Taylor DuPont of Harvard could all potentially claim those points. Columbia’s Nnenna Okwara could sneak in for a top-four finish while Dartmouth’s Cathy Liebowitz can also score points in this event. — Mary Boggs

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