Princeton’s Tory Worthen is looking to do something no one has done in the pole vault — go eight-for-eight in Heps conference titles. She could become the third female field-event specialist to sweep all possible eight conference titles in the same event (previously achieved by 2002 Harvard grad Dora Gyorffy in the high jump and 2006 Yale graduate Joslyn Woodard in the long jump).
While she does not come into Heps with the season’s top clearance, Worthen has always brought her “A” game to Heps and has set new seasonal bests at this meet. Her top outdoor competitor is Cornell’s Claire Dishong, the only vaulter to have cleared 13 feet so far this outdoor season. Brown’s Hannah Wallace, Penn’s Davielle Brown, Harvard’s Sydnie Leroy and Princeton’s Lauren Tauscher and Samantha Anderson are looking to grab as many other points as they can.
Over in the high jump, Cornel”s Ailish Hanley is looking to defend her title over freshman indoor champion Kaitlyn Whitehorn of Dartmouth and Mary Hirst of Harvard. For Hirst, the last two Heps titles have come down to misses, which unfortunately did not fall in her favor either time. Whitehorn is having a strong rookie campaign and she still has the underdog status going into this weekend as Hanley cleared a Heps’ season-best 5-10 last weekend.
This is expected to be a close competition as a single miss can determine if you win or place second or third. There are other freshmen — Cornell’s Elizabeth Crissy, Brown’s Morayo Akande and Princeton’s Taylor Morgan — who could surprise the field and grab crucial team points.
— Mary Boggs