iHeps17 – Women’s Vertical Jumps


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Princeton senior Allison Harris (Toronto, Ont.) is continuing to soar higher and higher into the air, resetting the limits of what can Ivy Leaguer can vault. Last year, she was honored with the Field MVP award at Indoor Heps with her meet record of 13-7 1/4. We expect her to reset that mark again as she has officially cleared 14 feet (4.27 meters) this season and could use Indoor Heps as a means to improve her NCAA qualification. Meanwhile, the rest of the field will be battling for podium spots as 10 athletes have cleared 12 feet so far this winter, including two of the returning 2016 event scorers — Harvard sophomore Nicole Trenchard (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Penn sophomores Nicole Macco (Aberdeen, N.J.). Cornell rookie Claire Kao (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Penn junior Molly Minnig (Falls Church, Va.) are within a half-inch of each other (or a centimeter, if you like metric) and only a few centimeters of breaking the 4-meter barrier (13-1 1/2). Harris is the only athlete in the field who has cleared four meters. Harvard junior Marlena Sabatino (Hillsborough, N.J.) is the only athlete who has ever come so close as she has a personal best of 3.95 (12-11 1/2).

The high jump has a similar performance distribution. Brown senior Shanelle DeJournett (Knoxville, Tenn.) — who leads the conference by four inches — has also cleared a new personal best height (5-11 1/4) that places her in the Ivy League all-time top 10. It will be a battle for the remaining podium spots if DeJournett has a clean performance on Sunday (hopefully, she will have recovered fully from completing a pentathlon on Saturday). The next six best athletes in the field all have season’s bests within a centimeter of each other, so it will indeed come down to who has the cleanest performance. Brown is hoping for its first-ever 1-2 finish in the high jump as the next two leapers — junior Carly Paul (Fort Collins, Colo.) and sophomore Janell Grier-Spratley (Alexandria, Va.) join DeJournett. But they will have to contend with Harvard senior Raegan Nizdil (Camarillo, Calif.), Cornell junior Kate Gulbrandsen (Palm Beach, Fla.), Penn sophomore Anna Peyton Malizia (Tampa, Fla.), and Princeton sophomore Nnenna Ibe (North Brunswick, N.J.). Gulbrandsen is the top returner from last year, where she finished second with a height of 5-10 1/2, just ahead of DeJournett’s third-place finish while Peyton Malizia finished in a tie for fifth place. — Mary Boggs

High jump

Finals: Sunday, 2 pm

Heps & Championship Record
6-5 1/2 — Dora Gyorffy (Harvard, 2000)

2017 Top 10
5-11 1/4 — Shanelle DeJournett (Brown)
5-8 — Carly Paul (Brown)
5-7 1/4 — Jenell Grier-Spratley (Brown)
5-7 — Raegan Nizdil (Harvard)
5-7 — Kate Gulbrandsen (Cornell)
5-7 — Anna Peyton Malizia (Penn)
5-7 — Nnenna Ibe (Princeton)
5-5 3/4 — Zoe Hughes (Harvard)
5-5 3/4 — Grace Smith (Cornell)
5-5 3/4 — Uloma Nwaolu (Brown)
5-5 3/4 — Elizabeth Adelson (Yale)

Pole vault

Finals: Saturday, 10:30 am

Heps Record
14-0 — Allison Harris (Princeton, 2017)

Championship Record
13-7 1/4 — Allison Harris (Princeton, 2016)

2017 Top 10
14-0 — Allison Harris (Princeton)
12-10 — Claire Kao (Cornell)
12-9 1/2 — Molly Minnig (Penn)
12-7 1/2 — Julia Valenti (Dartmouth)
12-5 1/2 — Marlena Sabatino (Harvard)
12-5 1/2 — Nicole Trenchard (Harvard)
12-3 1/2 — Zoe Early (Penn)
12-3 1/2 — Nicole Macco (Penn)
12-1 1/2 — Monica Benz (Penn)
12-0 — Shanthi Hiremath (Dartmouth)

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