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The women’s middle distances might be the hardest thing to figure, namely because of the options presented to Dartmouth. Big question: Will two-time defending champion Abbey D’Agostino run the 1,500m? She can obviously win it, but will she do more damage in the team chase by running the 3k instead? And can Big Green sophomore Dana Giordano slot into the 1500, where she can challenge for a title?
While we are on the topic of Dartmouth and flexibility, where will Indoor 800 champ Megan Krumpoch wind up? She is an All-American in the 800m, but might be able to score more points (and displace rival Harvard) in the 400m hurdles, an event she won a year ago.
Here’s what we think. If D’Ags is in the 1,500m, she wins. If not we think it will be a classic battle between Columbia sophomore Olivia Sadler (who’s 4:22.55 is the League best so far this spring), Harvard junior Molly Renfer and rookie Sarah Gillespie and Dartmouth sophs Giordano and Elizabeth Markowitz. If D’Ags opts for the 3k/5k option, the 3k will be an amazing race as you could have D’Ags, Giordano, Rachel Sorna (Cornell), Waverly Neer (Columbia), Megan Curham (Princeton) and past champ Heidi Caldwell (Brown) in that race. Yeah, we’ve previously handicapped that race, but it is a potential powerhouse race.
The 800-meter run also has great potential. If Krumpoch runs, there are likely to be four other sub-2:09 runners with her. Columbia senior Trina Bills, Harvard junior Erika Veidis and Cornell junior Elyse Wilkinson will make the pace an honest one. Is anyone prepped for a breakout 2:05 performance?
Because this is the last preview, even though we don’t know if she’s running the 15, we are giving one final shout out to D’Ags. She’s been one helluva representative of the League on and off the track. Seven national championships. And a lot more classy interviews, always with a smile on her face. She’s a great student and a true legend of the League. This will be her final Heps and, she alone, is worth the trip.