iHeps ’16 – Women’s Horizontals
The women’s horizontal jumps will no longer be dominated by now graduated former All-American Nadia Eke of Columbia. This seems to open the competition to a number of athletes, each eager to win a Heptagonal championship.
In the long jump, Princeton’s Sara Ronde looks like the most likely person to beat as she has jumped 18-09 1/4 this year and was third last year. Harvard’s freshman sensation, Gabrielle Thomas, could steal this competition as she actually has the #1 jump in the league with 18-09 3/4, but it is unknown if she will take part. Cornell has two ranked in the top 6 this season – last year’s sixth place finisher, Hillary Holmes, and Claudia Dabrowski. They could provide multiple team points. Princeton also possibly has a duo with Ariel Becker and Taylor Morgan, should Morgan add to her pentathlon duties. Her jump is fourth in the league. Harvard’s Haley Baker and Brown’s Shanelle DeJournett should also be part of the scoring as they both have jumped 18-03 this season.
With only two scorers gone from last year’s triple jump competition, there are many similar faces. Columbia’s Anna Williams is the top returner and is a contender for her first title, but Brown’s O’Sha Williams has jumped a league best of 41-07 1/4 and should be considered the favorite. She has jumped almost 1.5 feet further than the competition. Molly Shapiro (Dartmouth) placed fifth last year and is ranked #4 in the league, looking poised for a scoring berth. Both Shapiro and Williams have season’s best of 39-08. Rookies Thomas and Keri Davidson (Princeton) have impressive jumps this year, especially Davidson with a 40-02 #2 league best. If Thomas opts to not compete in the triple jump, Harvard will be looking to her teammate Floriane Kameni to try to capture some team points in this event as Kameni is the #6 seed with a distance of 39-02 1/4.
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– L. Kelsey Armstrong