Breaking Through


A quick weekend update as many people decided Friday night was going to be THEIR night.  It should be noted that each of these performances that we are listing below are also school records and help improve each athlete’s national standing (it just goes without saying, but the actual ranking will change over the course of the weekend as the rest of the weekend results come in).

For the second year in a row, the women’s 60m conference record was reset at the Crimson Elite meet.  Last year, Danielle Barbian (Harvard ’15) improved the then-record by 0.03 seconds to 7.41 (Barbian would later reset the record to 7.40 at Indoor Heps, also held at the Harvard track).  Last night, rookie Gabrielle Thomas broke the 7.40 – a first for an Ivy female – and finished the event in 7.38.  She was runner-up in the event to UCF’s J’Nea Bellamy.  This is the second conference record Thomas has broken this season as she previously broke the 200m record at the Rod McCravy Memorial in 23.44.

Allison Harris also had a major break through for a second time this season.  At the PSU Sykes-Sabock Invitational, the Princeton junior broke Tory Worthen’s  (Princeton ’12) pole vaulting record of 13-06 1/4 and ultimately reset the record to 13-09 1/4.  Last week, Harris was declared our Female Athlete of the Week for clearing the second highest height in conference history – 13-05 1/4.  Harris finished second in the event at PSU behind Penn State’s Lexi Masterson at the same height.

Speaking of pole vaulting record adjustments, Harvard’s Marlena Sabatino also moves up in the record books.  Last week, she was in a tie for the 10th best clearance at 12-09 1/2.  Her performance at the Crimson Elite meet moves her up into a tie for 6th best as she cleared 12-11 1/2 to finish second in the event.

Princeton’s Taylor Morgan became the third woman in conference history to surpass 4,000 points in the pentathlon.  At the Sykes-Sabock Invitational, she won the pentathlon in 4,050 points – the third best performance in conference history, 3 points away from Lindsey Taylor (Brown ’01).  The breakdown of Morgan’s performance – 8.87 (hurdles – season’s best), 5.63m (LJ – season’s best), 1.68m (HJ), 12.78m (SP), and 2:19.39 (800m)

Rudy Winkler also put on a great show down at Penn State.  The Cornellian set a new facility and meet record in the weight throw with the second best toss in conference history – 74-10 1/2.  Only Princeton’s Conor McCullough has ever thrown farther (76-01).  Previously, Winkler had the 10th best toss in conference history with 68-00 1/2.  Only 10 other men in the nation have broken the 70-ft barrier so far this season.

And please note, this is just last night.  What else will happen today?

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