If you look at the season performance list, you’d be assured that the women’s pole vault will likely come down to the number of misses to determine the top scorers. Coming into Outdoor Heps, four women — Claire Dishong of Cornell, Jillian Hart of Penn, Allie Pace of Harvard and Lauren Tauscher of Princeton — are tied for the top season mark at 12-7 1/2 and that height is ninth all-time in League outdoor history. Meanwhile, the next-best height is 12-5 1/2 with Sydnie Leroy of Harvard, Erin Enders of Cornell and two-time defending champion Tory Worthen of Princeton all tied. Worthen cleared 12-9 1/2 to win last year’s Outdoor Heps, so it is possible for her to get a new seasonal best here. After all, she set an Indoor Heps record at 13-6 1/4 little more than two months ago. But will she keep her championship streak alive as she is currently five-for-five in conference pole vault titles?
In the high jump, two-time defending champion Monique Roberts is coming in as perhaps the underdog. Roberts cleared 5-11 3/4, but that was back in her freshman season. As a senior, her outdoor best is 5-7, but she did win at Indoor Heps. The favorite may be Harvard’s Mary Hirst as she has cleared 5-9 1/4 and has been steadily improving with each track season. Roberts’ indoor win came based on misses as she and Hirst had cleared the same height. Ailish Hanley of Cornell and Kristin Judge of Penn are also looking to claim the championship as both of them have steadily improved as the season progressed. — Mary Boggs