Four Relays Advance and One Watch Won


The first part of the Penn Relays action is in the books.  While the weather was cooler and wetter than ideal for the majority of the sprinting heats that took place on the day, Ivy Leaguers still had some stellar results.

Harvard’s throwing queen Nikki Okwelogu walked away on Thursday morning with her first Relays watch.  In one of Daily Relay’s “Events to Watch” at the meet, Okwelogu was the only thrower to surpass 17 meters in the College Women Shot Put Championships to win in a new season’s best distance of 17.16m (56-03 3/4).   The performance should keep Okwelogu ranked within the top 10 in the NCAA at the end of the weekend.

Four relay teams qualified for their respective finals on Friday and Saturday.  In the College Women 4×100 heats, Penn and Cornell both finished in the top 9 overall to earn berths in the Championship of America final that will be held on Friday at 1pm.  Penn’s quartet of Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Allysha Davis, and Imani Solan had the sixth fastest time in the field with 46.45.  Cornell’s quartet of Adrian Jones, Udeme Akpaete, Taysia Radoslav, and Ellen Shepard was a 0.1 second back with 46.55 to have the eighth fastest time.

This event yielded one more finalist team – Columbia.  The Lady Lions qualified for the College Women 4×100 College final on Friday at 1:05pm by finishing 14th overall in the heats.  The team of Iris Chijioke, Jaycee Parker, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, and Ashley Cunningham qualified with a time of 46.82.

It should be noted that a HepsNation alumna is in contention for a Relays wheel in this event.  Danielle Barbian (Harvard ’15) is finishing up her NCAA eligibility at Oregon this outdoor season.  She ran the first leg of their 4×100 team that had the second fastest qualifying time of the heats.

The final relay team finalist was the Princeton women’s 4×400 team of Elisa Steele, Quinn Parker, Meghan McMullin, and Cecilia Barowski.  The Lady Tigers finished 11th in the College Women 4×400 heats with a time of 3:43.61 to qualify for the College Women 4×400 College final.  The final will be held on Saturday at 5:35pm.

There was one Championship of America final for the college women yesterday – the distance medley relay.  The Dartmouth women h ad the highest finish for the Ivy League as they finished fourth overall with a time of 11:2803.  The Big Green lineup and relay splits were Helen Schlachtenhaufen (3:34.18), Marissa Evans (56.65), Bridget O’Neill (2:11.83), and Dana Giordano (4:45.37).  The event was won by Georgetown in 11:12.73, which included former Princeton runner Andrea Keklak on the first leg.

Other Relays results from the first part of the week include:

  • Brendan Smith of Penn was the highest male finisher of the day as he placed third in the College Men Steeplechase Championships with a time of 8:56.00.
  • Penn’s Luke Krouse finished fourth in the decathlon with 6,219 points.  His highest point tally was in the 100m with 705 points (11.73) while he had the best finish in the javelin throw where he had the best distance of 181-09 (666 points).
  • In the College Women Steeplechase Championship, Amy Darlington of Penn finished fourth overall in 10:25.62.
  • Cornell rookie Eve Glasergreen was the top Ivy finisher in the College Women 3,000m Championship as she finished fifth overall in 9:49.81.
  • Penn rookie Kylene Cochrane ran a new season’s best in the College Women 5,000m Championship – 16:33.00 – to finish fifth in the field.
  • Kelsey Hay – the defending Outdoor Heps champion in the javelin from Penn – finished eighth in the College Women Javelin Championship with a distance of 142-05.
  • Brendan Martin – a Columbia alumnus – finished third in the Olympic Development 10,000m Championship last night with a time of 29:43.27.
  • Princeton alum Michael Palmisano was the top HepsNation finisher in the Olympic Development 5,000m Championship.  Palmisano finished 11th in the field with a time of 14:40.36, less than 1 second ahead of the first Ivy undergrad finisher Kenan Farmer of Princeton (14:41.84, 12th place).

Action continues today with the College Men’s relays qualification rounds.

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