Dartmouth super soph Abbey D’Agostino broke the Heps’ record in the 1,500-meter run… in the qualifying heats! Running 4:19.93, D’Agostino took down former Penn runner Stacy Kim’s 2008 record. She also led to great qualifying marks for Princeton junior Greta Feldman (4:22.55) and Cornell sophomore Emily Shearer (4:23.33).
The 10 who advanced in the 15: D’Agostino, Feldman, Shearer, Janel Parker (Cornell), Alexis Mikaelian (Princeton), Molly Higgins (Princeton), Arianna Vailas (Dartmouth), Erin Gillingham (Columbia), Bree Shugarts (Brown) and Rosie Fleming (Brown).
Meanwhile, Penn tore it up on the home track in the women’s 100m dash preliminaries with four runners advancing to the final. Nonyerem Onyeador, Gabrielle Piper, Emily Townsend and Leah Brown will join the top qualifier — Eileen Moran of Princeton (11.96) — on Sunday.
The 100m dash finalists — Moran, Onyeador, Piper, Townsend, Brown, Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia), Katie Woodford (Cornell) and Melissa Hewitt (Cornell).
Penn also got three hurdlers through to the final, including Piper who had very little rest. The top times in the hurdles qualifying came from Columbia junior Lucie Cincinatis (14.28), Brown senior Susan Scavone (14.29) and Cornell senior Taylor Baird (14.31). Looks like a sensational final ahead.
The eight hurdlers vying for Sunday’s title — Cincinatis, Scavone, Baird, Piper, Jordan DeLoach (Brown), Olivia Abbate (Harvard), Paige Madison (Penn) and Amber Scott (Penn).