Similar to the men’s throws, there is one returning champion and there will be one new champion. But there is a lot of Red across the scoring positions in both events, especially in the shot put.
Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe is taking the year off to focus on Summer Olympic qualification, so the weight throw title is open. This year, it appears that three rookies are eying that title – Cornell’s Leena Morris and Autumn Covington, and Penn’s Rachel Wilson. Morris is a foot ahead of her competitors with a conference leading 57-10 ½ from mid-January and her most recent result from this past weekend was 57-07. Covington and Wilson have improved most recently by surpassing 56 feet this past weekend – 56-10 ¾ for Covington and 56-07 1/4 for Wilson. Princeton will be looking to make up their lost points with Kennedy O’Dell and Brielle Rowe, while Yale’s Kate Simon doesn’t mind breaking up the rookie party on the podium.
As long as Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu is on her game, the Indoor Heps title is hers to lose. The two-time defending Indoor Heps champion is 11 feet ahead of the rest of the field, so it will really be a battle for second place. If you look at the conference standings, it looks like Cornell will sweep the remaining points in the shot put as they are in positions 2 thru 6 with Morris, Michaela Smith, KC Lynn Moulden, Taylor Drayton, and Camryn Goodman. All five of these ladies are within 1 foot of each other. But Moulden has not competed since December, so it increases the odds of Brown’s Michelle Bazile of making the podium as she is just shy of breaking 44 feet in this event.
photo by Brian Panoff
– Mary Boggs