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Columbia can rack up substantial points in the horizontals, led by trusted veterans Nadia Eke, Uju Ofoche and Queen Okeke.
Ofoche has won four straight Heps’ long jump titles (indoor and out) while Eke has won two straight triple crowns. The only woman to ever beat her at Heps? Okeke! With the addition of 40-foot TJer Addy Sonaike, the starting point for Lion points in these two events is about 30.
In the long jump there are two freshmen youngsters ready to prove themselves against the Light Blue. Cornell’s Hillary Holmes is capable of launching a 20 footer at some point while Dartmouth’s Mollie Gribbin flirted with 19 feet at the Penn Relays. Ofoche, Eke and Okeke should all score in this one.
In the triple jump, the main threat to a Lion sweep is Princeton junior Imani Oliver, who has been well over 41 feet this spring. Eke has been in the low 43s (with some wind assistance) while Okeke is good for 41 feet. Yale sophomore Alisha Jordan makes for a fifth 40-footer in Heps this outdoor campaign. Three years ago at Princeton it took less than 40 to win, this year it may take that to score!
— Brett Hoover