In the women’s hurdle events, we will be seeing some new faces as many of last year’s scorers are not returning. Harvard stands to gain some big points from their strong quartet of hurdlers that dominates the top of the rankings lists.
In the 100H, Autumne Franklin (Harvard) is the two-time defending champion. She has only run the event once this season, and her time of 14.38 is in a three-way tie for seventh in the rankings. As the Indoor Heps 60H champion, we can expect her to improve that mark by a lot in an attempt to three-peat. Franklin’s teammate Jackie Modesett, third last year, currently leads the conference. She is the only one to break 14 seconds so far. Another Harvard runner Madison Hansen could be a contender as well, depending on which events she enters. Her best time ranks second behind Modesett and was run during a heptathlon. If entered in this event, she, Modesett, and Franklin could combine for some huge points for Harvard. Iris Chijioke (Columbia), the other returning scorer from last year, will be looking to break up the Harvard group as she’s currently ranked third with a wind-aided time of 14.15. She scored in this event in both 2014 and 2013, and she was the indoor runner-up earlier this year.
The 400H, five of six scorers are returning. Jade Miller (Harvard), the defending champion, is the favorite, leading the field with 57.67. Teammate Franklin is just behind her with 57.69. Franklin didn’t run this event at Heps last year, although she did run it at NCAA’s and made it all the way to semifinals (along with Miller). If she does enter the race, it will likely be a battle between her and Miller for the title. Again Harvard could score huge points here as Modesett is also in the top five. Alexandra Stanton (Brown), a three-time scorer, will likely be in contention, as she has already broken 1:00 this season. Third-ranked Taysia Radoslav (Cornell) is somewhat unpredictable at this point. The freshman’s best time is from just this past weekend, but her performances this season have been all over the map. It will be exciting to see if she can put down some solid runs at Heps to challenge Harvard. She was part of the winning 4×4 team at Indoor Heps this year. Emily Woodford (Cornell), returning scorer, is right on the cusp of breaking a minute with a PR of 1:00.55. She’s consistently dropped time this season and could realistically make it in her next race.
– Susan Rodriguez
top image by Doug Austin; side image by Brian Panoff