Amazing. From 1995 to 1999, the time Trina Bills posted in the 800m prelims (2:09.87) would have made her a Heps champion each year. Today it didn’t get her to Sunday’s final.
As expected, Princeton junior Greta Feldman posted a qualifying round best of 2:06.85, but she was back by eight others under 2:10. Dartmouth senior Christina Supino (2:08.36) and Penn senior Victoria Strickland (2:08.63) had the next best times. This final could be a scorcher.
Those who advanced: Feldman, Supino, Strickland, Erika Veidis (Harvard), Kacie O’Neill (Princeton), Madeline Rathbun (Columbia), Meghan Looney (Harvard) and Veronica Salcido (Penn).
Columbia just picked up big points in the long jump by going 1-2, but freshman Nadia Eke must be a little miffed. She lost to junior teammate Uju Ofoche by a single centimeter. The Lions lead with 22 points now, but after just two events.
Penn did it again in the 200m heats, sending through three more runners — seniors Leah Brown and Renee McDougall as well as freshman Heather Bong. In the 100 and 200 dashes and the 100 hurdles, the Quakers have 10 qualifiers. The top qualifier of the day, same as the 100, was Princeton senior Eileen Moran (24.23).
The 200 final field — Moran, Brown, McDougall, Bong, Ebolutalese Airewele (Cornell), Katie & Emily Woodford (Cornell) and Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia), who is trying to make it to London on the Nigerian Olympic team.
UPDATE: Iheukumere was DQed for a lane violation, sending Harvard freshman Gabrielle Scott into the final.