As we switch over into the women’s competition, time for an update on the pentathlon. Dartmouth rookie Maria Garman had the best performance in the high jump, clearing 5-10 1/2 for 966 points, to jump into the overall lead with 1853 points after 2 events. Garman’s height was the best of the field by 3 inches. Defending champion Taylor Morgan of Princeton sits in second place with 1764 points while Harvard’s Allison Morrison is in third with 1761 points.
Harvard’s Autumne Franklin is one step closer to defending her hurdle title for the third time as she won her heat in 8.59 seconds. She didn’t have the fastest time of the day though – that belongs to her teammate Jackie Modesett who won heat 1 in 8.55. Columbia’s Iris Chijioke also had a speedy preliminary round with a time of 8.56 to win her heat. Other qualifiers include Harvard’s Jade Miller, Cornell’s Jasmine Robinson, Harvard’s Sylvia Deppen, Princeton’s Allison Harris, and Dartmouth’s Abby Feeney. The final qualifying time was 8.74.
In the women’s mile qualifying, Helen Schlachtenhaufen of Dartmouth came up with the fastest qualifying time of 4:52.89 to win her heat by almost 2 seconds. Top seed Frances Schmiede of Yale won the other heat in 4:54.02, keeping ahead of Columbia’s Olivia Sadler (4:54.20). Other mile qualifiers include three from Penn – Ashley Montgomery, Amy Darlington, and Kylene Cochrane; Harvard’s Paige Kouba; Columbia’s Libby Kokes; and Princeton’s Elizabeth Bird and Delaney Miller. The cutoff time was 4:58.61.
Three rookies made the 60m final, led by Harvard’s Ngozi Musa in 7.49. Musa’s time is tied for the 9th fastest ever run at an Indoor Heps. Penn’s Taylor McCorkle won her heat in 7.50 while Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas took the third heat in 7.52. Other qualifiers include Cornell’s Adrian Jones and Ellen Shepard, Penn’s Imani Sloan, Yale’s Sydney Cureton, and Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn. The final cutoff time was 7.65.
The women’s 400m preliminary round needed to determine its cutoff through the thousandths as there were two women with the final cutoff time of 58.38. Only the heat winners were guaranteed spots in the finals – those were grabbed by Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech, Cornell’s Udeme Akpaete, and Harvard’s Autumne Franklin. The next five fastest made the final but there were two at 58.38. Penn’s Taylor Hennig to make the cut over Princeton’s Madelyn Baron by 0.002 seconds. Hennig joins Princeton’s Elisa Steele and Quinn Parker, Columbia’s Jaycee Parker, and Brown’s Emmaline Suchland in the final.