Getting the Women’s Qualifiers


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Princeton’s Stephen Soerens jumped a new season’s best in the long jump during the men’s decathlon, helping him into the #1 spot in the event after 2 events.  His jump was 7.18m, giving him 857 points for the event and an overall score of 1,618 points.  Harvard’s Mark Hill, who lead after the 100m, sits in 2nd place with 1,608 points, while Cornell’s Austin Jamerson is in third place with 1,594 points.  The men are off to the shot put.

DECATHLON UPDATE – Soerens maintains his lead after 3 events – 2,354 points.  Jamerson sits in 2nd place with 2,157 points, while Hill has moved back into 3rd with 2,089 points.  Brown’s Peter Rhodes is in 4th (2,078 points), while Princeton’s Bryan Oslin (2,048 points), and Dartmouth’s Ben Colello (1,936 points) would round out the scoring.

Other ongoing events at this time are the women’s pole vault (15 athletes in at 3.55m – 11-07 3/4), women’s long jump (currently on flight 2), and heptathlon high jump.

With the completion of the hurdles, Harvard is in good standing to get some valuable points again for the team race.  Two-time defending champion Autumne Franklin and Jackie Modesett both went sub-14 seconds in heat 1 (shown above), going 13.87 and 13.97 respectively with a slight headwind (-0.6 m/s).  Dartmouth’s Lauren Ready also made the top 3 to auto qualify for the finals with a time of 14.36.  In heat 2, Columbia’s Iris Chijioke dominated the race from the gun and took the win in 14.01 with a tailwind of +1.3m/s.  Princeton’s Allison Harris (who is also competing in the women’s pole vault) and Yale’s Mackenzie Mathews made the autos out of heat 2 with times of 14.35 and 14.46 respectively.  The final two berths were filled by Dartmouth’s Abby Feeney (14.47) and Brown’s Rachel Van Metre (14.56).

Want to guess what the final qualifier was for the women’s 400m?  56.32, which was Princeton’s Elisa Steele.  But seven of the 8 qualifiers ran sub-55 seconds to qualify.  Cornell got 3 athletes into the final – Udeme Akpaete (53.39) and Zena Kolliesuah (53.83) won their heats with new season’s or personal bests, while Emily Woodford ran 54.00 (PR) to finish 2nd behind her teammate Kolliesuah in heat 1.  Yale’s Emily Cable win the final heat in 54.10, also a new PR.  Other qualifiers were Princeton’s Jasmine Blocker (54.08 – PR), Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech (54.75 – PR), and Penn’s Candace Taylor (54.99).

Dartmouth led the field in the women’s qualifiers for the 1,500m.  Dana Giordano, in her first 1,500m of the season, was the fastest qualifier in 4:21.95.  She was challenged in her heat by Columbia’s Olivia Sadler (4:22.29), followed closely by Penn’s Ashley Montgomery (4:22.74) and Gabby Cuccia (4:22.78).  Dartmouth also got Helen Schlachtenhaufen (4:24.23) and Elizabeth Markowitz (4:24.81) in on time.  The other heat had Harvard’s Sarah Gillespie as the winner in 4:26.91, followed closely by Yale’s Emily Waligurski (4:27.00), Harvard’s Molly Renfer (4:27.07), and Brown’s Clare Peabody (4:28.13).

The women’s 100m qualifiers needed to be faster than 12.10 to make the final.  Columbia won both heats.  Frosh Akua Obeng-Akrofi edged out Harvard’s Danielle Barbian to claim heat 1 – 11.931 to 11.934. Meanwhile, Ashley Cunnignham got the clear win in heat 2 with the fastest qualifier in 11.67 (wind -0.4 m/s).  Other qualifiers include Harvard’s Ashley Collinsworth (11.78), Penn’s Taylor McCorkle (11.82), Brown’s Emmaline Suchland (12.01), Dartmouth’s Kaitilin Whitehorn (12.09), and Brown’s Audrea Holt (12.10).

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