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So we move into the women’s portion of Survival Saturday with our first winner — Harvard freshman Nikki Okwelogu in the shot put (50-2 3/4), but we have to post this smiling image of Tait Rutherford, the Indoor Heps’ 3k champion who had the League’s 26th-best 3k time coming into the weekend.
Morale of this story: Run hard, win your section, let the chips fall where they may. You might just make some history!
Princeton senior Samantha Anderson has claimed the women’s pole vault title with a clearance of 3.90 meters (12-9 1/2). Her freshman teammate Allison Harris was second at 12-1 1/2, vaulting the Tigers to the top of the team scoring after two events. The Orange and Black have now claimed the vault in six straight seasons.
Danielle Barbian, a junior at Harvard, took down Jeomi Maduka’s 60m Championship record in the trials, running 7.45. Dartmouth sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn, better known as a high jumper, matched Maduka’s old mark of 7.47 while event favorite Marvellous Iheukwumere finished in 7.54. Expect a crazy-fast final.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino — the greatest runner as a collegian in Heps’ history — jogged around a bit in qualifying for Sunday’s mile final. Her time of 4:49.48 is more than 20 seconds shy of her capabilities.