oHeps17 – Women’s Middle Distance

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The 1,500-meter race will crown a new champion this year, and it will likely be one of these seniors — Yale’s Frances Schmiede (Pymble, Australia), Penn’s Ashley Montgomery (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), Dartmouth’s Helen Schlachtenhaufen (Lake Forest, Ill.) or Princeton’s Katie Hanss (New York, N.Y.). They’ve all run sub-4:20 this season with Schmiede (4:17.50) and Montgomery (4:17.95) posting top 10 times in Ivy League history. Schlachtenhaufen — the two-time Indoor Heps champion in the mile — is just outside the top-10 all-time list with her personal best of 4:18.25. Both Schlachtenhaufen and Schmiede are 2:08 two-lappers (Schmiede ran that time last year, while Schlachtenhaufen ran it earlier this season). Yet Hanss — with a personal best of 4:19.68 — could be in contention if the race winds up relying on tactics rather than speed.

Cornell junior Shannon Hugard (Middletown, R.I.) — the Indoor Heps 800m champion — will have a better chance of scoring in the 1500m final, where she’s run a 4:22.11. Columbia senior Henna Rustami (Syosset, N.Y.) and Yale senior Meredith Rizzo (Bronxville, N.Y.) have also run this event in sub-4:25, but we do not expect them to be entered in the 1500m (although 1500m/5km and steeplechase/1500m doubles were done at this meet last year, so it is possible).

The women’s 800m field has nine women who have run sub-2:10 this season, but even that is no guarantee to make the final. In fact last year, 2:09.94 didn’t make the cut as Penn senior Ella Wurth (Boca Raton, Fla.) didn’t advance. Wurth has run 2:09.23 this year, ranking her ninth on the season performance list. Columbia went 1-2 in the 800m last year with senior Brittney Wade (Bethesda, Md.) and junior Sarah Hardie (Eastport, N.Y.) and they are poised to repeat that this year, but there are three Penn freshmen — Maddie Villalba (Doylestown, Pa.), Nia Akins (San Diego, Calif.) and Mikayla Schneider (Villanova, Pa.) — on their heels with sub-2:09 performances under their belts. Schneider split 2:05.7 in the 4×8 at the Penn Relays last week.

With the addition of Wurth, Penn has a formidable 4×800 relay and a high-scoring block should all of them make the final. Otherwise, three-time defending champion Harvard — which won’t gain points in the mid-distance races — will look to other potential finalists such as Brown junior Clare Peabody (Aptos, Calif.) and Princeton sophomore Jackie Berardo (Stockton, N.Y.) to displace the Quakers. — Mary Boggs

800m run

Trials: Saturday, 1:55 pm
Final: Sunday, 1:55 pm

Heps Record
1:59.73 — Meredith Rainey (Harvard, 1990)

Championship Record
2:04.84 — Morgan Uceny (Cornell, 2006)

2017 Top 10
2:05.30 — Brittney Wade (Columbia)
2:06.68 — Sarah Hardie (Columbia)
2:07.94 — Maddie Villalba (Penn)
2:08.07 — Nia Akins (Penn)
2:08.59 — Mikayla Schneider (Penn)
2:08.71 — Clare Peabody (Brown)
2:08.79 — Helen Schlachtenhaufen (Dartmouth)
2:09.15 — Jackie Berardo (Princeton)
2:09.23 — Ella Wurth (Penn)
2:10.36 — Bridget Flynn (Dartmouth)

1,500m run

Trials: Saturday, 1 pm
Final: Sunday, 12:40 pm

Heps Record
4:09.83 — Stephanie Best (Cornell, 1991)

Championship Record
4:11.94 — Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth, 2013)

2017 Top 10
4:17.50 — Frances Schmiede (Yale)
4:17.95 — Ashley Montgomery (Penn)
4:18.25 — Helen Schlachtenhaufen (Dartmouth)
4:19.68 — Kaitlin Hanss (Princeton)
4:22.11 — Shannon Hugard (Cornell)
4:22.34 — Henna Rustami (Columbia)
4:24.87 — Meredith Rizzo (Yale)
4:25.28 — Bridget Flynn (Dartmouth)
4:25.40 — Emily Waligurski (Yale)
4:25.43 — Madeleine Sumner (Princeton)

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