Crimson Women Keep Indoor Crown


Results | Kevin Morris Photos | Doug Austin Photos Saturday Sunday

With an impressive show of points from across the events, the Harvard Crimson repeated as champion at the 2014 Indoor Heps in Hanover, N.H. The Crimson outscored the upstart Dartmouth Big Green, 122-102, with Columbia (95) and Princeton (79) not far off pace.

Harvard scored big points in the straightaways and the throws. Not only did roommates Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth finish 1-2 in the 60-meter dash, both ran personal bests. In fact, Barbian broke the all-time League record in a time of 7.44 while Collinsworth was not far behind (7.49).

In the 60-meter hurdles, Autumne Franklin repeated as champ in 8.49, just ahead of Penn senior Gabrielle Piper (8.52). Finishing fourth was freshman Jackie Modesett while senior Olivia Abbate was sixth.

Adabelle Ekechukwu — who was named the field event MVP — gave her Crimson a huge lift in the weight throw with a winning mark of 68-3 1/4, just two centimeters off her own meet and League record. Freshman teammate Nikki Okelogu had won the shot put (50-2 3/4) on Saturday.

Dartmouth’s showing was highly impressive as the Big Green scored fewer than 20 points when it last hosted in 2010. Track event MVP Abbey D’Agostino was her typical self, winning easily in the mile and 5,000-meter runs and helping her Green pull away in the 4×800-meter relay, but the host team also had victories from senior Megan Krumpoch in the 800 (2:05.56), sophomore Dana Giordano in the 3k (9:21.77) and senior Janae Dunchack in the pentathlon (3,895).

Columbia’s Nadia Eke was a double champion in the long jump (18-10) and triple jump (42-11 1/2).

The final team scores were: 1. Harvard, 122; 2. Dartmouth, 102; 3. Columbia, 95; 4. Princeton, 79; 5. Cornell, 54; 6. Brown, 37 1/2; 7. Penn, 22 1/2; 8. Yale, 15.

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