Adabelle Hammering Away [Updated]

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Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu has taken her weight throwing to a new level. Her third throw of the day at the Heps Championships flew 20.28 meters (66-6 1/2). That is more than five feet beyond Nicky Grant’s meet record. And Adabelle isn’t done yet. UPDATE: She is up to 20.83 (68-4)! Can you say Athlete of the Meet? She’s placed the bar high!

And here are the first qualifiers of the day from the women’s mile:

Erin Gillingham, Columbia — 4:45.53
Greta Feldman, Princeton — 4:46.50
Lindsay Walsh, Dartmouth — 4:48.27
Emily Shearer, Cornell — 4:48.71
Olivia Sadler, Columbia — 4:48.85
Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth — 4:49.83
Sammy Silva, Harvard — 4:50.28
Alexis Mikaelian, Princeton — 4:50.48
Genna Hartung, Cornell — 4:52.36
Melissa Newbery, Princeton — 4:53.05

All are juniors or seniors, except for Columbia’s Sadler, a freshman.

Harvard freshman Autumne Franklin — one of five freshmen to advance to the Heps’ hurdles final — nearly broke the meet record in her preliminary heat. Running against Penn’s Gabrielle Piper, Franklin clocked 8.48, just .04 shy of Brenda Taylor’s 2001 record. Taylor, a standout for the Crimson, was an Olympian in the 400m hurdles.

And here are the final qualifiers of the day from the women’s 60m hurdles:

Autumne Franklin, Harvard — 8.48
Gabrielle Piper, Penn — 8.63
Martina Salander, Harvard — 8.67
Iris Chijioke, Columbia — 8.81
Mina Amick-Alexis, Cornell — 8.83
Amber Scott, Penn — 8.87
Eliana Yankelev, Penn — 8.95
Kayla Wong, Cornell — 9.05

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