oHeps16 – Women’s Verticals

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Princeton has produced some of the best female pole vaulters in conference history, and Allison Harris is no exception. The newly minted conference record holder is seeking her first outdoor vaulting title on her home runway, and barring any “no heights”, the title should be hers. She’s the only athlete to clear 13 feet this season so far. The only athlete that is within 1-foot of Harris this season is Harvard’s Marlena Sabatino. Sabatino was in a similar position at this past Indoor Heps but unfortunately ended up outside of scoring by having a sub-par meet. Fortunately, Harvard also has Nicole Trenchard within scoring contention for this weekend. Dartmouth’s Kaitlin McCallum rose for the occasion at the Indoor Heps by setting a new personal best to finish as the runner-up – could history repeat itself this weekend for her? Or could it happen to someone else, like Penn’s Nicole Macco (who has reset the school record multiple times this year so far) or Cornell’s Alexis Bartholomew (finished fifth last year but wants to graduate with a higher finish)? For the pole vault, anything is really possible. We do know and believe that the other athletes in the field will be fighting for those remaining podium positions and points as each miss will count oHeps16-w-vert-2

The high jump will be no different, but it will be for even just winning the Outdoor Heps title. The top 10 athletes in this event are separated by less than 3 inches. Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn has been in this position seven times before across indoors and outdoors, and five times she’s walked away with the conference title. She cleared 6-feet indoors at Indoor Heps. Can she do that this weekend? If she could, Whitehorn would be the third woman in history to do it at a Heps championships. But that might be putting the cart before the horse as she will be pushed by many other athletes. Harvard’s Allison Morrison and Brown’s Shanelle DeJournett are within an inch of Whitehorn going into the meet. Brown has two other scoring threats in the high jump: Morayo Akande is an Indoor Heps champion by besting Whitehorn in 2014, and rookie Nicie Janell Grier-Spratley is a top 3 scoring threat. Morrison joins Princeton’s Taylor Morgan as heptathletes who could double up in the high jump and score for their teams in both events. Other scoring threats include Cornell’s Kate Gulbrandsen (the 2016 Indoor Heps runner-up), Princeton rookie Nnenna Ibe, Harvard’s Raegan Nizdil, and Dartmouth’s Maria Garman.

Ivy League Conference Rankings – Top 6 Vertical Jumps

High Jump:
1. Whitehorn, Kaitlin (Dartmouth), 5′ 9.25″
2. Morrison, Allison (Harvard), 5′ 8.75″
2. DeJournett, Shanelle (Brown), 5′ 8.75″
4. Akande, Morayo (Brown), 5′ 7.25″
4. Grier-Spratley, Nicie Jenell (Brown), 5′ 7.25″
6. Gulbrandsen, Kate (Cornell), 5′ 7″
6. Ibe, Nnenna (Princeton), 5′ 7″
6. Nizdil, Raegan (Harvard), 5′ 7″
6. Morgan, Taylor (Princeton), 5′ 7″
6. Garman, Maria (Dartmouth), 5′ 7″

Pole Vault:
1. Harris, Allison (Princeton), 13′ 7.25″
2. Sabatino, Marlena (Harvard), 12′ 9.5″
3. Macco, Nicole (Penn), 12′ 6″
4. Mccallum, Kaitlin (Dartmouth), 12′ 3.5″
4. Trenchard, Nicole (Harvard), 12′ 3.5″
6. Bartholomew, Alexis (Cornell), 12′ 1.5″

– Mary Boggs

top photo by the Ivy League; right photo by Doug Austin

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