oHeps 14 — Women’s Verticals

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The clear favorite in the high jump — Dartmouth sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn — is one of those athletes coaches love. Not only does the former Indoor Heps champ have the League’s top mark this spring (5-8 3/4), she has also run 11.86 in the 100m and 24.29 in the 200m. The Long Island native even took a stab at the long jump and has gone well over 17 feet.

oheps-andersonBut after Whitehorn, it’s a logjam with six jumpers separated by a quarter-inch. And if things fall right for Harvard, the Crimson could rack up an impressive point total as three of the team’s leapers — Anne Giebelhaus, Allison Morrison and Raegan Nizdil — have cleared 5-7 1/4 this year. Giebelhaus scored at Princeton (third) a year ago.

So if points tip Crimson in the high jump, expect them to tip Orange in the pole vault. The League’s top vaulter — Princeton freshie Allison Harris, a Toronto native — has already cleared 12-11 1/2, which is among the Heps’ top 10 all-time. Senior teammate Samantha Anderson — who won the event at Indoor Heps — is not far behind this spring, with a best of 12-7 1/2. Cornell’s Eve Bishop is in the mix at 12-5 1/2 while her teammate Jennifer Merkin and Columbia freshman Gardenia Centanaro have also cleared 12 feet. Centanaro was coached by her father as a high schooler in Los Angeles.

– Brett Hoover

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