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