iHeps17 – Women’s Short Sprints & Hurdles


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As a freshman, Harvard sophomore Gabrielle Thomas (Florence, Mass.) quickly established herself as the sprinting queen of the Ivy League as she not only claimed the conference records in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes, but she swept the sprinting titles at Indoor Heps (the last freshman to win that double was Yale’s Josyln Woodward back in 2003). Thomas is looking to extend her reign at the Armory, where she reset the conference record in the 200 earlier this season. While she is the favorite to defend her 200 title by a good second, she does not have as much breathing room in the 60. Two other athletes — Dartmouth rookie Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.) and Penn junior Taylor McCorkle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) — join Thomas in the sub-7.50 second club going into Indoor Heps. Thomas has yet to race against Rothwell this year, but she bested McCorkle during the Columbia East-West Challenge earlier this season. McCorkle — a Heps scorer in this event last year — has improved enough to contend for top-three finishes in the 60 and 200 this year. Cornell senior Adrian Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) scored in both a year ago and aims to do the same this year, while returning scorers from last year include Harvard sophomore Ngozi Musa (Seattle, Wash.), Cornell junior Ellen Shepard (Bloomburg, Pa.) and Penn sophomore Imani Solan (Montebello, N.Y.).

Rothwell is also going to contend for the hurdle crown, one of two freshmen favored to claim it. Rothwell and Penn rookie Breanne Bygrave (Raleigh, N.C.) quickly entered into the Ivy League record books in the 60-meter hurdles. The two have yet to go head-to-head in college (they raced against each other in high school in the 100m hurdles), but we expect for that race to be exciting should they both advance to the final. In fact, that hurdle final could be freshmen-heavy as five of the top six top times in the conference come from rookies — Bygrave, Rothwell, Cornell’s Brittany Stenekes (Dundas, Ontario) and the Harvard duo Karina Joiner (Woodbury, Minn.) and Livia Gauntlett (Bath, U.K.). Harvard senior Jade Miller (Temecula, Calif.) and Princeton senior Allison Harris (Toronto, Ont.) are the only athletes who were a part of last year’s final that are racing this year. — Mary Boggs

60m dash

Trials: Saturday, 12:15 pm
Finals: Sunday, 12:20 pm

Heps Record
7.38 — Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard, 2016)

Championship Record
7.40 — Danielle Barbian (Harvard, 2015)

2017 Top 10
7.40 — Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard)
7.42 — Taylor McCorkle (Penn)
7.45 — Cha’Mia Rothwell (Dartmouth)
7.53 — Ngozi Musa (Harvard)
7.53 — Adrian Jones (Cornell)
7.56 — Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Columbia)
7.59 — Barbara Biney (Penn)
7.60 — Ellen Shepard (Cornell)
7.61 — Zion Lewis (Brown)
7.70 — Brittany Stenekes (Cornell)
7.70 — Donnisa Edmonds (Penn)

200m dash

Trials: Saturday, 2 pm
Finals: Sunday, 1:10 pm

Heps Record
23.01 — Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard, 2017)

Championship Record
23.68 — Sharay Hale (Columbia, 2011)

2017 Top 10
23.01 — Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard)
24.19 — Taylor McCorkle (Penn)
24.37 — Ellen Shepard (Cornell)
24.40 — Adrian Jones (Cornell)
24.46 — Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Columbia)
24.50 — Imani Solan (Penn)
24.67 — Jade Miller (Harvard)
24.75 — Ngozi Musa (Harvard)
24.76 — Micah Meekins (Harvard)
24.83 — Nicole Deblasio (Dartmouth)
24.83 — Zion Lewis (Brown)
24.83 — Maia Craver (Princeton)
24.83 — Audrea Holt (Brown)

60m hurdles

Trials: Saturday, 11:50 am
Finals: Sunday, 11:20 am

Heps Record
8.33 — Brenda Taylor (Harvard, 2000)

Championship Record
8.41 — Autumne Franklin (Harvard, 2015)

2017 Top 10
8.40 — Breanne Bygrave (Penn)
8.46 — Cha’Mia Rothwell (Dartmouth)
8.55 — Jade Miller (Harvard)
8.59 — Brittany Stenekes (Cornell)
8.64 — Karina Joiner (Harvard)
8.71 — Livia Gauntlett (Harvard)
8.73 — Maia Craver (Princeton)
8.75 — Zoe Hughes (Harvard)
8.75 — Ellie Randolph (Princeton)
8.77 — Allison Harris (Princeton)

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