oHeps17 — Women’s Distance

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I said it in the Indoor Heps preview and I will say it again — Columbia is probably the distance school of the conference right now. The Lions have some of the top times of the season in both the 5k and 10km thanks to in-state seniors Henna Rustami (Syosset, N.Y.) and Natalie Tanner (Rye, N.Y.). Rustami — the daughter of Afghan immigrants — is the top returner from the 2016 Outdoor 5k and Tanner made it to NCAAs last year in that event, but now both women are faster this spring. Rustami ran an equivalent of a 4:19 1500m in her anchor leg of the DMR at the Penn Relays, where Columbia set a new conference record. In addition, Columbia has enough depth that they can get double-digit points in each of the 5k, 10k and steeplechase events with junior Nell Crosby (Colorado Springs, Colo.), junior Erin Melly (Bohemia, N.Y.) and freshman Abby McLaughlin (Waldwick, N.J.) backing up Rustami and Tanner.

Of course, the numbers on the distance lists are a little on the thin side as many athletes will debut at Outdoor Heps. Princeton can throw in previous Outdoor Heps champions Megan Curham (Warren, N.J.) in the 5k and 10k and senior Lizzie Bird (St. Albans Herts, U.K.) in the steeple as both are back, healthy, and running well. Bird won that steeplechase title back in 2015 and is the top returning scorer from last year’s final.

Penn has seniors twins Cleo and Clarissa Whiting (Delta, Colo.) and senior Ashley Montgomery (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) to score in the distance events, perhaps an opportunity to well outpoint Harvard, with whom the Quakers are expected to battle for the team title. Montgomery was an All-America during the cross country season, while Clarissa has lowered her outdoor 5k time by nine seconds and Cleo has a competitive time in the 10k. Both Yale senior Meredith Rizzo (Bronxville, N.Y.) and Cornell sophomore Briar Brumley (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) have improved immensely in the steeplechase in 2017 can will challenge for that conference title.

Harvard’s aforementioned limited scoring potential in the distance events doesn’t mean the Crimson will go pointless. Freshman Judy Pendergast (Naperville, Ill.) scored in both distance events at Indoor Heps, but hasn’t quite shown the same form during her first collegiate outdoor season while rookie Lisa Tertsch (Darmstadt, Germany) appears to be back from injury to post a 10:22.76 in the steeplechase, which could score this weekend.

5,000m run

Final: Sunday, 2:45 pm

Heps Record
15:11.35 — Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth, 2013)

Championship Record
16:10.93 — Lynn Jennings (Princeton, 1983)

2017 Top 10
15:59.79 — Henna Rustami (Columbia)
16:04.65 — Natalie Tanner (Columbia)
16:14.17 — Ashley Montgomery (Penn)
16:20.72 — Clarissa Whiting (Penn)
16:22.55 — Nell Crosby (Columbia)
16:22.85 — Judy Pendergast (Harvard)
16:31.95 — Megan Curham (Princeton)
16:38.07 — Olivia Lantz (Dartmouth)
16:39.56 — Andrea Masterson (Yale)
16:40.11 — Alexandra Markovich (Princeton)

10,000m run

Final: Saturday, 5:40 pm

Heps Record
32:08.32 — Courtney Smith (Harvard, 2016)

Championship Record
32:44.51 — Caroline Bierbaum (Columbia, 2005)

2017 Top 10
33:48.20 — Natalie Tanner (Columbia)
34:09.65 — Cleo Whiting (Penn)
34:31.21 — Abigail McLaughlin (Columbia)
34:48.58 — Andrea Masterson (Yale)
35:12.68 — Erin McLaughlin (Cornell)
35:47.80 — Jessica Elliott (Cornell)
35:49.85 — Chloe Binczyk (Columbia)
36:18.26 — Kelli Reagan (Yale)
36:28.90 — Gracie Todd (Cornell)
37:09.96 — Fiona Davis (Harvard)


Final: Sunday, 11:15 am

Heps Record
9:43.48 — Rachel Sorna (Cornell, 2014)

Championship Record
9:58.80 — Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth, 2012)

2017 Top 10
10:07.93 — Meredith Rizzo (Yale)
10:09.04 — Elizabeth Bird (Princeton)
10:13.03 — Briar Brumley (Cornell)
10:18.41 — Nell Crosby (Columbia)
10:22.76 — Lisa Tertsch (Harvard)
10:33.56 — Erin Melly (Columbia)
10:38.36 — Allie Klimkiewicz (Princeton)
10:42.31 — Karli Visconto (Penn)
10:47.23 — Brighie Leach (Princeton)
10:48.86 — Alexandra Markovich (Princeton)

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