oHeps17 — Women’s Sprints

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If you took Harvard All-American sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) off the 2017 ranked lists, you might have the strong Heps’ 100 and 200 fields ever. But when you put her otherworldly 11.24 and 22.60 back on it, you no longer have your dad’s Heps. Heck, you don’t even have your older brother’s Heps anymore.

Harvard has had a stronghold of the sprinting events for the last three Outdoor championships and they could make it a fourth since the Crimson have such heavy hitters in these events. No one could reasonably bet against Thomas in either the 100- or 200-meter dashes as her margins over the field are insurmountable. Sophomore Ngozi Musa (Seattle, Wash.) may be a three-time runner-up to Thomas in each Heps she’s contested, but Musa has been a reliable eight points for the Crimson, rising to the occasion each time. Senior Jade Miller (Temecula, Calif.) — a two-time champion in the intermediate hurdles — can motor around the track pretty quickly without barriers, too. But Penn could actually outpoint the Crimson with a strong showing.

Thomas’ time margin won’t mean too much if Penn junior Taylor McCorkle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) can finish second in the 100 and 200. Her top 100 time of the spring (11.58) is well clear of the field (‘cept Thomas) and her 200 time is a close third behind Cornell star Adrian Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.). So if Penn can stay close to Thomas (and displace Musa), look for the combination of junior Barbara Biney (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), freshman Cecil Ene (Rockwell, Texas) and sophomore Imani Solan (Montebello, N.Y.) to make Harvard nervous. Another interesting option could be letting freshman Nia Akins (San Diego, Calif.) run the 400 instead of the 800, where the Quakers are truly stacked.

And Jones isn’t the only Cornellian ready to strike. Junior Ellen Shepard (Bloomsburg, Pa.) could score in both the 100 and 200 while junior Taysia Radoslav (Stoney Creek, Ont.), perhaps better known as a hurdler, could pick up eight points in the flat 400, where Columbia superstar Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Lawrenceville, Ga.) is expected to win. She has run 52.93 this spring, a time surpassed in Heps’ history by two towering figures (Meredith Rainey and Sharay Hale). Obeng-Akrofi — who made Team Ghana for the Rio Olympics (but was not selected to run on the relay) — could also pick up points in the 200.

Some of the others looking for some hard-earned points will be Princeton veterans — senior Elisa Steele (Kirkwood, N.J.) and junior Christina Walter (Bemus Point, N.Y.) — and five impressive freshmen — Princeton’s Ashley Willingham (Seal Beach, Calif.), Dartmouth hurdle champ Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.), Brown’s Zion Lewis (Canton, Ga.), Cornell’s Jinjer Pearce (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) and Columbia’s Iman Sule (Carrollton, Texas). — Mary Boggs and Brett Hoover

100m dash

Trials: Saturday, 1:45 pm
Final: Sunday, 1:40 pm

Heps Record
11.24 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard, 2017)

Championship Record
11.55 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard, 2016)

2017 Top 10
11.24 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard)
11.58 — Taylor McCorkle (Penn)
11.71 — Adrian Jones (Cornell)
11.87 — Ellen Shepard (Cornell)
11.89 — Ngozi Musa (Harvard)
11.96 — Barbara Biney (Penn)
11.97 — Cha’Mia Rothwell (Dartmouth)
11.97 — Jade Miller (Harvard)
12.00 — Cecil Ene (Penn)
12.04 — Zion Lewis (Brown)

200m dash

Trials: Saturday, 2:25 pm
Final: Sunday, 1:35 pm

Heps Record
22.60 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard, 2017)

Championship Record
23.38 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard, 2016)

2017 Top 10
22.60 — Gabby Thomas (Harvard)
23.81 — Adrian Jones (Cornell)
23.85 — Taylor McCorkle (Penn)
24.02 — Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Columbia)
24.09 — Ellen Shepard (Cornell)
24.11 — Cecil Ene (Penn)
24.34 — Imani Solan (Penn)
24.62 — Christina Walter (Princeton)
24.68 — Elena Brown-Soler (Penn)
24.68 — Nicole Deblasio (Dartmouth)

400m dash

Trials: Saturday, 1:35 pm
Final: Sunday, 1:25 pm

Heps & Championship Record
51.56 — Meredith Rainey (Harvard, 1990)

2017 Top 10
52.93 — Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Columbia)
54.19 — Taysia Radoslav (Cornell)
54.49 — Cecil Ene (Penn)
55.00 — Elisa Steele (Princeton)
55.52 — Imani Solan (Penn)
55.92 — Jinjer Pearce (Cornell)
56.08 — Ashley Willingham (Princeton)
56.15 — Nia Akins (Penn)
56.22 — Iman Sule (Columbia)
56.22 — Michelle Garratt (Cornell)

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