No fewer than 16 Ivy runners have dipped below 58 seconds in the 400-meter dash this season, but the most compelling is Columbia senior Sharay Hale, who dominated the League before hip surgery sidelined her for all of last season. Her recovery, while slower than she’d like, has been steady as she is in the top five in the League in both the 200 and 400. The top time in the League this year is the 54.87 carded by Harvard sophomore Gabrielle Scott at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. No one else has run under 55, though the silly NCAA indexing has shaved 3/4 of a second from the time of Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski at HYP. She ran 55.47 on the flat Jadwin Gym track, which was actually slower than her season best of 55.34 at Penn State. Ebolutalese Airewele of Cornell ran a hair faster than that at the BU Terrier Classic (55.29). Truth is, this is a pretty wide open field and getting to the final will likely take something in the low- to mid-56s.
The 800m run is equally deep as more than a dozen Ivy Leaguers have been under 2:12, but Princeton senior Greta Feldman is the class of the field. Late in the outdoor season, she was running in the 2:04 range. Her time at the Sykes & Sabock Cup at Penn State earlier this month (2:08.78) is the best in Heps to date, but we suspect she can find yet another gear. Who’s in the chase pack? Well, four others have run sub-2:10 this year — Harvard sophomores Molly Renfer and Erika Veidis, Cornell junior Lauren Lloyd and Feldman’s teammate Alexis Mikaelian. Depending on the number of entrants and the qualifying process, getting to the final may take a time that would have won the meet a dozen years ago.
Top fives for 2013:
54.87 — Gabrielle Scott (Harvard)
55.29 — Ebolutalese Airewele (Cornell)
55.34 — Cecilia Barowski (Princeton)
55.69 — Sharay Hale (Columbia)
56.07 — Autumne Franklin (Harvard)
2:08.78 — Greta Feldman (Princeton)
2:09.39 — Molly Renfer (Harvard)
2:09.59 — Lauren Lloyd (Cornell)
2:09.78 — Erika Veidis (Harvard)
2:09.79 — Alexis Mikaelian (Princeton)
— Brett Hoover