iHeps 13: Women’s Throws

Indoor Heps History: Shot put | Weight throw

It has been quite a record-breaking season for those Ivy women who fling heavy objects. The weight throw record has been reset at least four times this winter — with a net improvement of nearly three feet — as a part of a friendly battle between Princeton frosh Julia Ratcliffe and defending champion Adabelle Ekechukwu, now a junior at Harvard. At Harvard-Yale-Princeton, both women threw further than the then-record, but Ekechukwu won that matchup with her personal best of 65-11 3/4. We would not be surprised if another record-breaking battle breaks out this weekend as Ekechukwu has improved each year at Heps and Ratcliffe — a World Junior finalist in the hammer — is readily adapting to the indoor equivalent.

Brown’s Lacey Craker improved her personal best by three feet this past weekend, becoming the League’s third to throw beyond 60 feet this year. The battle for the remaining scoring positions will likely be between Harvard’s Taylor duPont, Columbia’s Nnenna Okwara, Dartmouth’s Cathy Liebowitz and Brown’s Josephine Darpolar, as they are all within a foot of one another.

Darpolar’s greater strength is in the shot put, where she is ranked second behind defending champion Victoria Imbesi of Cornell. Imbesi is currently the only thrower with a 50-footer this season, but that was set in early January. Her more recent marks put her within the mix of the rest of the top-tier of this season — Dartmouth’s Emmaline Berg, Penn frosh Theresa Picciallo, Yale frosh Karleh Wilson and Harvard’s Shannon Watt. It looks like it could be anyone’s title unless Imbesi can regain her earlier form.

Top fives for 2013:

Shot put
15.28 (50-1 3/4) — Victoria Imbesi (Cornell)
14.91 (48-11) — Josephine Darpolar (Brown)
14.32 (46-11 3/4) — Emmaline Berg (Dartmouth)
14.11 (46-3 1/2) — Theresa Picciallo (Penn)
13.75 (45-1 1/2) — Karleh Wilson (Yale)

Weight throw
20.11 (65-11 3/4) — Adabelle Ekechukwu (Harvard)
19.74 (64-9 1/4) — Julia Ratcliffe (Princeton)
18.65 (61-2 1/4) — Lacey Craker (Brown)
17.05 (55-11 1/4) — Taylor duPont (Harvard)
16.94 (55-7) — Nnenna Okwara (Columbia)

— Mary Boggs

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