In the pentathlon, defending champion Taylor Morgan of Princeton moved into the overall lead after 3 events after getting the best mark in the shot put – 12.75m (41-10). Morgan’s point total is now 2475 points, ahead of Dartmouth rookie Maria Garman by 153 points (2322 points). Harvard’s Madison Hansen made up some ground in the shot put to move into third overall in the scoring with 2293 points, just two points ahead of Dartmouth’s Allison Frantz and Penn’s Noel Jancewicz (both at 2291 points).
The heptathlon is still at the high jump. This will be final event for Day 1.
The top two preliminary times in the women’s 500m dash are separated by just 0.02 seconds. Cornell Taysia Radoslav got the #1 time with 1:13.78 over Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski 1:13.80. They each won their respective heats. Harvard’s Jade Miller got a comfortable heat win in 1:15.26. Other qualifiers include Brown’s Jeanine Noordam, Princeton’s Megan McMullin, Dartmouth’s Aliyah Gallup and Marissa Evans, and Cornell’s Libby Nolan.
In recent years, the 800m qualifying has been brutal as the cutoff times were sub-2:10. This year was a bit kinder as 2:10.79 was needed for the berths based “on time”. These came from the final heat, won by Princeton’s Ashley Forte in 2:10.15. Yale’s Shannon McDonnell (2:12.83) and Dartmouth’s Abby Livingston (2:13.19) were the other heat winners. The remaining finalists include Princeton’s Anna Jurew, Columbia’s Brittney Wade, Cornell’s Shannon Hugard, Princeton’s Kaitlin Hanss, and Penn Carey Celata. Whoever wins the 800m final tomorrow will be a first time Heps champion.
We anticipated that the meet record in the women’s 1000m would go down at some point this weekend because it was such a loaded field. Well, it happened in the first heat of the preliminary round as the top three all broke the meet record set last year by Columbia’s Sarah Hardie (2:48.61). Who holds it now? Columbia’s Sarah Hardie. She won the heat in 2:47.67. Other runners under the previous meet record include Cornell’s Kristen Niedrach (2:47.89) and Browns’ Clare Peabody (2:48.06). Other qualifiers include Cornell’s Claire DeVoe, Penn’s Ella Wurth, Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski, and Dartmouth’s Meghan Grela and Bridget O’Neill. Five of the eight qualifying times are among the top 10 in meet history.
photo by Doug Austin