It didn’t take long for two Ivy League records to be broken this season as Cornell senior Rachel Sorna and Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe did the honors.
Running at the Spring Break Invitational in Irvine, Calif., Sorna established a new League standard in the steeplechase by winning in 9:50.39. Not only is that more than two seconds faster than Olympic hopeful Ashley Higginson’s conference mark, she also stands in front of two Olympians (Anna Willard; Lisa Stublic) and a World Championship qualifier (Delilah DiCrescenzo).
As if that wasn’t enough, Ratcliffe simply clobbered the League hammer throw record in her career debut. Her third throw at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla., the New Zealander let fly with a toss of 63.99 meters (209-11), seven feet beyond the previous standard of 202-11 by Brown’s Brynn Smith two seasons ago. Ratcliffe was victorious over 28 competitors, including former national runner-up Brittany Smith of Illinois State.
How’s that for a start?