Columbia Claims DMR Record on Day 1 of Penn Relays

Columbia loaded up their women’s distance medley relay squad for the Penn Relays Championship of America event with hopes to challenge the field for the coveted wheel. The team of Sarah Hardie, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Brittney Wade, and Henna Rustami were indeed in contention throughout the race as they were as high as third place at various points, but it was not enough as the team finished fifth overall in 11:02.32. While they did not get a wheel, they DID get a new all-time Ivy League record, besting the Dartmouth mark of 11:06.31 set in 2013.   Obeng-Afroki ran the fastest 400m split of the field (52.93), while Hardie ran 3:24.73 for the 1,200m; Wade ran 2:07.69 for the 800; and Rustami anchored the 1,600m in 4:36.98.

Had Columbia not been so quick, Penn would have entered the record book with their finish in the same race.  Instead, Ella Wurth, Cecil One, Maddie Villalba, and Ashley Montgomery‘s time of 11:15.76 is the 11th fastest in Ivy history.  Penn finished 6th in the race, just ahead of Princeton’s quartet of Kaitlin Hanss, Elisa Steele, Jackie Berardo, and Elizabeth Bird in 11:16.41.

Penn is proud of their 4×100 relay.  The speedy quartet of Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Cecil One, and Elena Brown-Soler not only tied the second fastest time in conference history (45.21), they finished 8th overall, qualifying for the Championship of America final that will be contested on Friday at 1pm.  It is believed that this is the first time the Penn women have ever made this Championship of America final.

Princeton senior Julia Ratcliffe made meet history today.  She became the first woman ever at the Relays to win three titles in the College Women Hammer Throw Championship, winning by 11.5 feet with a distance of 215-06.  The mark is also the fifth best in meet history.  Ratcliffe previously won this event in 2014 and 2015.  This is the fourth title for Princeton in this event – the most by any school for the college women hammer throw.  In the College Women Hammer College event,  Penn’s Rachel Wilson threw the  #9 distance in Ivy history – 189-04 – to finish fifth in the event.

photo from Columbia’s TF/XC Twitter

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