Rising To The Occasion


Thirty years ago today, in a super-hot College Station, Texas, HepsTrack co-founder Patricia Melton had the race of her life, clocking a 57.86 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish second to Temple’s Edna Brown at the AIAW Championships, the forerunner to the NCAA Championships.

That year was also the first NCAA Championship for women and by the next year, the AIAW meet was history. We have scoured the web (and other resources) to produce a compilation of every top-eight performance by a Heps athlete at the national championships.

Of course, I don’t have a photo of Patricia running the hurdles, so up above — on the far left running next to Lashinda Demus — is Brenda Taylor, who won an intermediate hurdle national title for the Harvard Crimson in 2001 and would compete at the 2004 Olympics.

The men’s top eight will come later in the week.

TOP EIGHT OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHES
(*) Signifies performance at AIAW Championships. All others at NCAA Championships.

ARMY
Diana Wills — TJ, 8th (1988); 4th (1989); 3rd (1990)

BROWN
Amber Knighten — SP, 5th (2001)
Anna Willard — Steeple, 6th (2006)

COLUMBIA
Caroline Bierbaum — 10k, 2nd (2005)

CORNELL
Stephanie Best — 1,500m, 3rd (1990); 3rd (1991)
Pam Hunt — 5k, 7th (1991)
Doriane Lambelet — 800m, 5th* (1981); 2nd* (1982)
Jeomi Maduka — LJ, 8th (2007); 7th (2009)
Morgan Uceny — 800m, 6th (2007)
Sarah Wilfred — HJ, 5th (2006)
Laura Woeller — 3,000m, 8th (1994)

DARTMOUTH
Pam Crandall — 10k, 4th (1989)
Abbey D’Agostino — 5k, 3rd (2011)
Shaina Damm — Hept, 8th (2002)
Lori Isbell — 10k, 7th (1989)
Gail Koziara — SP, 6th* (1982)
Kristin Manwaring — 1,500m, 7th (1995); 6th (1996)
Deirdre Milligan — 10k, 8th (1996)
Jenna Rogers — 5k, 6th (1998)
Maribel Sanchez — 5k, 3rd (1996)

HARVARD
Mary-Jeanne Barrett — 1,500m, 5th* (1982)
Becky Christensen — HJ, 5th (2009)
Dora Gyorffy — HJ, 3rd (1998); 2nd (1999); 2nd (2000); 1st (2001)
Ellen Hart — 10k, 5th* (1980)
Suzanne Jones — 10k, 2nd (1989); 4th (1990)
Meredith Rainey — 800m, 1st (1989); 3rd (1990)
Lindsey Scherf — 10k, 4th (2005)
Kart Siilats — HJ, 6th (2002)
Jenny Stricker — 3,000m, 4th (1983)
Brenda Taylor — 400mH, 7th (2000); 1st (2001)

PENN
Chris Lundy — 3,000m, 8th (1992)

PRINCETON
Sally Anderson — 4×4, 5th* (1982)
Alex Banfich — 5k, 8th (2010)
Kristen Beaney — 5k, 6th (1994)
Chelo Canino — PV, 6th (2004)
Laura Cattivera — 3,000m, 5th (1989)
Monica Egbuonu — 4×4, 5th* (1982)
Sherri Hatton — 4×4, 5th* (1982)
Ashley Higginson — Steeple, 3rd (2010); 6th (2011)
Lynn Jennings — 3,000m, 3rd (1983)
Emily Kroshus — 10k, 4th (2004)
Kate McCandless — 5k, 4th (1992)
Betty Newsam — 4×4, 5th* (1982)
Deborah St. Phard — SP, 3rd (1987)
Lauren Simmons — 800m, 2nd (2002)

YALE
Lindsay Donaldson — 5k, 6th (2005)
Kate Grace — 800, 7th (2010); 5th (2011)
Pat Melton — 400mH, 2nd* (1982)
Kate O’Neill — 5k, 5th (2002); 10k, 2nd (2003)
Laura O’Neill — 10k, 3rd (2002); 4th (2003)
Rebecca Rivkin — 10k, 7th (1988)
Margaret Wynne — 3k, 2nd* (1982)

800-METER RUN
1981 — 5. Doriane Lambelet (Cornell), 2:09.21*
1982 — 2. Doriane Lambelet (Cornell), 2:04.67*
1989 — 1. Meredith Rainey (Harvard), 2:03.90
1990 — 3. Meredith Rainey (Harvard), 2:00.48
2002 — 2. Lauren Simmons (Princeton), 2:05.08
2007 — 6. Morgan Uceny (Cornell), 2:02.33
2010 — 7. Kate Grace (Yale), 2:05.92
2011 — 5. Kate Grace (Yale), 2:04.22

1,500-METER RUN
1982 — 5. Mary-Jeanne Barrett (Harvard), 4:25.60*
1990 — 3. Stephanie Best (Cornell), 4:09.85
1991 — 3. Stephanie Best (Cornell), 4:16.19
1995 — 7. Kristin Manwaring (Dartmouth), 4:20.52
1996 — 6. Kristin Manwaring (Dartmouth), 4:21.11

3,000-METER RUN
1982 — 2. Margaret Wynne (Yale), 9:17.20*
1983 — 3. Lynn Jennings (Princeton), 9:11.95
1983 — 4. Jenny Stricker (Harvard), 9:11.50
1989 — 5. Laura Cattivera (Princeton), 9:34.93
1992 — 8. Chris Lundy (Penn), 9:42.62
1994 — 8. Laura Woeller (Cornell), 9:38.01

5,000-METER RUN
1991 — 7. Pam Hunt (Cornell), 16:41.93
1992 — 4. Kate McCandless (Princeton), 16:31.41
1994 — 6. Kristen Beaney (Princeton), 16:43.68
1996 — 3. Maribel Sanchez (Dartmouth), 16:27.07
1998 — 6. Jenna Rogers (Dartmouth), 16:12.33
2002 — 5. Kate O’Neill (Yale), 16:13.60
2005 — 6. Lindsay Donaldson (Yale), 16:45.84
2010 — 8. Alex Banfich (Princeton), 16:06.79
2011 — 3. Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), 15:40.69

10,000-METER RUN
1980 — 5. Ellen Hart (Harvard), 33:46.72*
1988 — 7. Rebecca Rivkin (Yale), 33:19.08
1989 — 2. Suzanne Jones (Harvard), 33:45.40
1989 — 4. Pam Crandall (Dartmouth), 34:34.08
1989 — 7. Lori Isbell (Dartmouth), 35:29.86
1990 — 4. Suzanne Jones (Harvard), 34:00.05
1996 — 8. Deirdre Milligan (Dartmouth), 34:23.79
2002 — 3. Laura O’Neill (Yale), 34:39.67
2003 — 2. Kate O’Neill (Yale), 32:47.07
2003 — 4. Laura O’Neill (Yale), 32:52.26
2004 — 4. Emily Kroshus (Princeton), 34:21.20
2005 — 2. Caroline Bierbaum (Columbia), 33:03.37
2005 — 4. Lindsey Scherf (Harvard), 33:19.27

400-METER HURDLES
1982 — 2. Pat Melton (Yale), 57.86*
2000 — 7. Brenda Taylor (Harvard), 57.77
2001 — 1. Brenda Taylor (Harvard), 55.88

STEEPLECHASE
2006 — 6. Anna Willard (Brown), 10:06.83
2010 — 3. Ashley Higginson (Princeton), 9:52.73
2011 — 6. Ashley Higginson (Princeton), 10:03.15

HIGH JUMP
1998 — 3. Dora Gyorffy (Harvard), 6-2 3/4
1999 — 2. Dora Gyorffy (Harvard), 6-2 3/4
2000 — 2. Dora Gyorffy (Harvard), 6-1 1/2
2001 — 1. Dora Gyorffy (Harvard), 6-2 3/4
2002 — 6. Kart Siilats (Harvard), 5-10 1/2
2006 — 5. Sarah Wilfred (Cornell), 6-0
2009 — 5. Becky Christensen (Harvard), 6-0

POLE VAULT
2004 — 6. Chelo Canino (Princeton), 13-5 1/4

LONG JUMP
2007 — 8. Jeomi Maduka (Cornell), 20-6 1/2
2009 — 7. Jeomi Maduka (Cornell), 20-6 1/2

TRIPLE JUMP
1988 — 8. Diana Wills (Army), 41-6 1/2w
1989 — 4. Diana Wills (Army), 42-6 3/4
1990 — 3. Diana Wills (Army), 43-6 1/2

SHOT PUT
1987 — 3. Deborah St. Phard (Princeton), 54-4 3/4
2001 — 5. Amber Knighten (Brown), 54-7 1/4

HEPTATHLON
2002 — 8. Shaina Damm (Dartmouth), 5,321

4×400-METER RELAY
1982 — 5. Princeton, 3:42.37* (Betty Newsam, Sally Anderson, Sherri Hatton, Monica Egbuonu)

One Response to “Rising To The Occasion”

  1. Greg Page says:

    Great work–thanks!