The women’s 800m event is going to be a fast one this year. The top eight athletes have all broken 2:10 this year, with the fastest time coming from the defending champion, Harvard’s Erika Veidis (2:05.55). But don’t let the performance listings fool you — last year, only five runners who were ranked in the top 10 going into Indoor Heps made the eight-person final.
Oh, and everyone ran faster than 2:13 in order to get into this final. What will be cut-off time be this year? Veidis may be the early favorite, but you cannot ignore Dartmouth’s Megan Krumpoch, who has improved her 800m personal best by four seconds this year to 2:06.31. Columbia’s Trina Bills and Dartmouth’s Margaret Donovan are only a second behind Krumpoch, but in a fast final, they can make this a competitive race for the title.
For the women’s mile, we can safely assume it will be the “Abbey D’Agostino show” if she decides to defend her title. She reset the conference record a month ago to 4:28.31, one of the fastest miles in NCAA history. D’Ag won last year’s contest by almost eight seconds, setting a new championship record in the process while leading all of the other Heps scorers to times that placed them in the championship top-10. Yes, that was a fast final.
But what if D’Ag does not run? Who would could claim the title? Harvard’s Molly Renfer ran a 4:40 earlier this month, while Cornell’s Emily Shearer and Columbia’s Olivia Sadler ran 4:41 and 4:42 last year. It really could be anyone’s event if D’Ag does not run. But since D’Ag has been using mile races as good speed and racing workouts AND is the two-time defending champion in this event, we feel that she will likely race this event again this weekend.
– Mary Boggs