Determining this award was a bit difficult – do we honor a lifetime achievement or just record-setting achievements? Well, we opted for both, recognizing three women for their athletic achievements in the 2012-13 season.
Princeton’s Tory Worthen (Holland, Penn.) has completed a rare perfect record at Heps Championships – she went 8-for-8 in pole vault titles. Given how finicky the bar be at times, it is quite an accomplishment. She won her Heps titles her senior year without a miss. She also graduates with the conference indoor record of 13-6 1/4 and 2nd best clearance in outdoor conference history with 13-5 3/4. Worthen is the third female field-event specialist to ever accomplish such a dominance feat, (behind Dora Gyorffy (H ’02) in the high jump and Josyln Woodard (Y ’06) in the long jump).
Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, New Zealand) and Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu (Oak Brook, Ill.) made the throwing events so much fun to watch in 2013. Throughout indoors, they kept challenging each other in the weight throw by resetting the conference record on four different occasions (improving the record by a total of 5-4 by the end of Indoor Heps). Three times they went head-to-head, each time pushing each other and generating a new friendly rivalry that will last for one more year. Adabelle may have bested Julia in indoors, but Julia showed that the hammer is more of her strength, resetting the hammer records by almost 23 feet by the end of the outdoor season.
Worthen photo by Nathan Crumpton; Ekechukwu and Ratcliffe photo by Mary Boggs