iHeps12 — Women’s Middle Distance

Not long ago, running 57-flat could win an Ivy indoor title. Nowadays, even without the rehabbing Sharay Hale of Columbia in the fold, running 57 won’t earn a spot in the League’s top 10. And it looks like that could be the case for a long time to come as the League’s top three times this year have been offered up by freshmen — Brown’s Lauren Waterbury (54.62), Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski (55.43) and Harvard’s Gabrielle Scott (55.83). There are a lot of familiar faces in the 56s, including Penn seniors Renee McDougall and Paige Madison and Kelsey Reimnitz of Cornell. It will be interesting to see what time needs to be clocked to advance to the final. The 800m run is not terribly dissimilar as 2:10 used to be a winning time. But then Morgan Uceny, Kate Grace and Jesse Carlin turned up the heat and now a champion needs to go considerably lower. The League has three runners who have already proven themselves this winter by going sub-2:08. Dartmouth senior Christina Supino leads the way at 2:06.94 followed by Cornell’s Lauren Lloyd (2:07.18) and Molly Glantz (2:07.30). As if that isn’t enough, Cornell has a freshman — Jade Williams — who has already run under 2:10 while Janel Parker is close. That group could shatter the meet 4x800m relay record late on Sunday afternoon.

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