The women horizontal jumpers will be represented by a multitude of schools with potential scoring threats at Heps on May 9th to 10th. Columbia possibly can receive the greatest return from these events. But any placing in these events could cause a point swing, critical for a team’s overall title aspirations.
Columbia’s Nadia Eke has been the most dominant horizontal jumper in the league this year and looks to sweep the indoor and outdoor horizontal jumping titles. Second last year in the long jump, Eke has jumped almost one feet further than the competition this outdoor season with a distance of 19′ 10 3/4″. Other podium placers could include her teammate, Anna Williams who was 4th indoors and has jumped 18′ 11 3/4″w, and Cornell’s Hillary Holmes who has a leap of 19′ 1 1/4″. Sara Ronde (Princeton) was 3rd indoors and has been consistent this outdoor season with a best jump of 18′ 5″. Alisha Jordan (Yale) was 6th last year and could return to contending form, while Alison Morrison (Harvard) could become a contender as she has a 18′ 9 3/4″ wind-aided jump to her credit.
In the triple jump, Eke is the defending champion and has leaped into the all-time conference record books with a 43′ 6 1/2″ jump this year for 3rd best all time. In addition, this indoor All-American is ranked 4th in the nation presently. The rest of the competition is over three feet behind her, but seems to be closely packed. O’Sha Williams (Brown) has been a bronze winner indoors and 4th last year outdoors, and is due to move up a spot or two this year. Molly Shapiro (Dartmouth) has the 2nd best performance this outdoor season at 40′ 3 1/2″ and should be competing for that 2nd place finish. Williams finished 2nd indoors with a leap of 40′ 2″, so she has the ability to challenge for a top three spot. Uzoamake Okoro (Brown), Adefunke Sonaike (Columbia) and Jenny Thompson (Penn) placed 6th, 9th and 10th last year respectively and should be scorers this time around.
– Kelsey Armstrong
photo of Eke from the Penn Relays; photo of Holmes by Doug Austin