oHeps17 — Women’s Throws


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Princeton senior Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) and Harvard senior Nikki Okwelogu (Fresno, Calif.) are looking to join rare company.

Ratcliffe — who could become the first four-time women’s champion in the hammer throw — has reset the championship record each time she has thrown at Outdoor Heps. While Ratcliffe has yet to approach the marks she threw back in 2015, she still has a good 30-foot cushion over the rest of the conference. Her next closest competitors — Penn sophomore Rachel Lee Wilson (Flossmoor, Ill.) and freshman Isis Trotman (Centerville, Ohio) along with Ratcliffe’s junior teammate Kennedy O’Dell (Eudora, Kan.) — are approaching 190 feet. Wilson and Trotman have improved their throwing marks as the season’s progressed, but they simply cannot surpass Ratcliffe on the podium this year. Dartmouth sophomore Ameila Ali (Bensalem, Pa.) has also been improving as the season progressed. She set a new personal best in the weight throw to finish third at Indoor Heps. Could she do something similar with her hammer?

Meanwhile, Okwelogu can become the second woman in Heps history, the first in 35 years, to win four shot put titles. She’s two feet ahead of the next best competitor — Brown freshman Kendra Offiaeli (South Windsor, Conn.) at 49-7 — this season, but Okwelogu hasn’t thrown remotely close to her PR yet. The two-time defending champion in the discus throw, she also holds the meet record. But she will have competition in the discus from Brown junior Josie Natrasevschi (Fort Collins, Colo.), the conference record holder. Natrasevschi — just three feet behind Okwelogu this spring — seems ready for the first head-to-head battle with Okwelogu since the 2015 outdoor champs. There is a big gap between those two and the rest of the discus field, where the battle for the remaining podium spots will be between Penn freshman Maura Kimmel (West Sunbury, Pa.) and Trotman, Cornell junior Taylor Baker (Bainbridge, Ohio) and Princeton’s O’Dell, who’ve all have thrown farther than 150 feet this spring. Baker, Kimmel and O’Dell are potential shot put scorers, but there are several others who have thrown in the 45- to 46-foot range, so who makes the podium is anyone’s guess, but it could look very red as five Cornell throwers — junior Michaela Smith (Newtonville, Mass.), freshman Nikolia Kanaris (Haworth, N.J.), sophomore Leena Morris (Woodstock, Ga.), junior Taylor Drayton (Oxford, Conn.) and Baker — possess that range.

Penn will also pick up some points from senior Lisa Sesink-Clee (Wyckoff, N.J.), a two-time Outdoor scorer in the javelin throw. Sesink-Clee has the best javelin throw performance in the conference so far this year (148-6), five feet beyond the best of Princeton rookie Reece Schachne (Westport, Conn.). But Schachne’s mark came from her first meet this season back in March and her marks have dropped since, leaving a podium potentially steeped in green as Dartmouth has three — senior Moriah Morton (Lebanon, N.H.), returning runner-up sophomore Olivia Wiener (Westport, Conn.) and junior Bridget Douglas (Branchburg, N.J.) — ranked among the top six. Mortan has improved her throw by four feet this year, joining Sesink-Clee and Schachne has the only athletes who have surpassed 140 feet while Cornell senior Kacie Hargett (Newport, Ore.) has a personal best of over 145, close to Sesink-Clee’s mark this season. Hargett threw that mark back in her freshman year, but she does have the potential of getting back above 140 feet again to contend for another top-three finish, like she did last spring. — Mary Boggs

Shot put

Final: Sunday, 11 am

Heps Record
17.91 (58-09.25) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard, 2016)

Championship Record
17.32 (56-10.00) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard, 2015)

2017 Top 10
15.83 (51-11.25) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard)
15.11 (49-07.00) — Kendra Offiaeli (Brown)
14.29 (46-10.75) — Maura Kimmel (Penn)
14.01 (45-11.75) — Michaela Smith (Cornell)
13.87 (45-06.25) — Kennedy O’Dell (Princeton)
13.70 (44-11.50) — Nikolia Kanaris (Cornell)
13.57 (44-06.25) — Leena Morris (Cornell)
13.49 (44-03.25) — Taylor Drayton (Cornell)
12.97 (42-06.75) — Taylor Baker (Cornell)
12.85 (42-02.00) — Isis Trotman (Penn)

Discus throw

Final: Sunday, 2:30 pm

Heps Record
56.00 (183-09) — Josie Natrasevschi (Brown, 2015)

Championship Record
55.06 (180-08) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard, 2016)

2017 Top 10
53.80 (176-06) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard)
52.85 (173-05) — Josie Natrasevschi (Brown)
48.43 (158-11) — Maura Kimmel (Penn)
46.49 (152-06) — Isis Trotman (Penn)
45.84 (150-05) — Taylor Baker (Cornell)
45.73 (150-00) — Kennedy O’Dell (Princeton)
42.48 (139-04) — Rachel Wilson (Penn)
41.35 (135-08) — Taylor Drayton (Cornell)
41.21 (135-02) — Taylor Hojnacki (Penn)
40.81 (133-11) — Amelia Ali (Dartmouth)

Hammer throw

Final: Saturday, 11 am

Heps Record
70.28 (230-07) — Julia Ratcliffe (Princeton, 2014)

Championship Record
68.16 (223-07) — Julia Ratcliffe (Princeton, 2015)

2017 Top 10
68.05 (223-03) — Julia Ratcliffe (Princeton)
57.72 (189-04) — Rachel Wilson (Penn)
56.96 (186-10) — Isis Trotman (Penn)
56.18 (184-04) — Kennedy O’Dell (Princeton)
54.53 (178-11) — Ellen Scott-Young (Princeton)
52.59 (172-06) — Amelia Ali (Dartmouth)
51.82 (170-00) — Autumn Covington (Cornell)
51.70 (169-07) — Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard)
51.22 (168-00) — Josie Natrasevschi (Brown)
50.99 (167-03) — Taylor Baker (Cornell)

Javelin throw

Final: Saturday, 11 am

Heps Record
51.17 (167-10) — Kelsey Hay (Penn, 2015)

Championship Record
50.02 (164-01) — Kelsey Hay (Penn, 2014)

2017 Top 10
45.26 (148-06) — Lisa Sesink-Clee (Penn)
43.71 (143-05) — Reece Schachne (Princeton)
43.19 (141-08) — Moriah Morton (Dartmouth)
42.89 (140-08) — Olivia Wiener (Dartmouth)
41.68 (136-09) — Kacie Hargett (Cornell)
40.08 (131-06) — Bridget Douglas (Dartmouth)
39.59 (129-11) — Ariel Becker (Princeton)
39.03 (128-01) — Alexis Turley-Young (Columbia)
35.74 (117-03) — Rachael Collins (Cornell)
35.72 (117-02) — Noel Jancewicz (Penn)

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