oHeps13: Women’s Middle Distance

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The depth of the Heps’ women’s middle distance events is impressively measurable. In fact, of the all-time top 10 in the Outdoor Championship 800 and 1500 combined, half of the marks have come from the last two Heps. Half!

You can well beat that that figure will rise even more this year as eight sub-2:10 performers can go after the 800m crown. That doesn’t include Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, who could assuredly snap off a sub 2:10 if she ever tried.

But for those we’d expect to see in the two-lap event, it should be a terrific battle between Harvard sophomore Erika Veidis and Princeton senior Greta Feldman with Columbia junior Trina Bills prepared to prove herself. Veidis won indoor and has been in the 2:05s this spring. Feldman split 2:03 in the 4×800 at the Penn Relays. And Bills lowered the Lion school record to 2:07.21 a few weeks ago.

But Princeton alone has four others under 2:10 and could be positioned to blow up big points in this event.

We figure that the 1,500-meter run is D’Agostino’s. She ran one of the fastest indoor miles in collegiate history at the Millrose Games and she could post something like 4:15 here. In fact, with Feldman in the race, she will probably need to if she wants the 10 points. Keep in mind that Columbia senior Erin Gillingham is now near that level and we’d be silly to discount Columbia soph Waverly Neer, Princeton senior Alexis Mikaelian or Yale senior Nihal Kayali.

— Brett Hoover

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