oHeps17 — Women’s Vertical Jumps

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All of the projections for the women’s team chase at Heps have Harvard and Penn at the top, so with that in mind, all eyes should be on the vertical events this weekend. Each team has athletes who can score, but Penn has more potential scorers — five to Harvard’s three. While event wins are ideal, the teams may be cheering on other athletes to displace its main competitors. And in these events, every attempt counts.

The top six high jumpers all have seasonal bests within two inches, which another seven just two inches back. This is going to be a hotly-contested final as the top 12 athletes have all cleared 5-5 sometime this year, and a quarter-inch can make or break a day. Brown has a strong high jumping unit with junior Carly Paul (Fort Collins, Colo.), sophomore Jenell Grier-Spratley (Alexandria, Va.), senior Shanelle DeJournett (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore Uloma Nwaolu (Washington, D.C.) and any or all four of them can make it onto the scoring podium. Paul may be the top seed going into this event, but DeJournett has the best lifetime outdoor clearance of 5-9 3/4 and she got over 5-11 1/4 during the winter.

Cornell junior Kate Gulbrandsen (Palm Beach, Fla.) — the Indoor Heps champion — should not be discounted. Penn and Harvard’s top high jumpers — sophomore Anna Peyton Malizia (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Raegan Nizdil (Camarillo, Calif.) — have both cleared 5-8 this season, an all-time best for Malizia, but Nizdil has gone higher in previous years. Penn could get some extra points from senior Noel Jancewicz (Robinsville, N.J.), who cleared 5-8 a few years ago but will enter Heps with a season’s best of 5-5 3/4.

Over in the pole vault, there will be two 13-footers in competition — Princeton senior Allison Harris (Toronto, Ont.) and Cornell freshman Claire Kao (Laguna Niguel, Calif.). Harris — the defending champion and conference record holder — had a bit of a slow start to her final outdoor season, but she has regained her form and confidence these last few weeks of competition. During indoors, she became the first Heps’ vaulter to clear 14 feet. Kao has obviously adjusted well to the collegiate competition and upped her PR by a half-foot a few weeks ago. She had a bit of an off day at Indoor Heps where she finished ninth despite going in as the meet as the No. 2 seed. Hopefully, history does not repeat itself for her. But where Kao faltered, Penn junior Molly Minnig (Falls Church, Va.) shined as she set a new lifetime best of 12-11 1/2 en route to finishing second to Harris in the event.

Penn sophomore Monica Benz (Chester, N.J.) joined Minnig on that pole vault podium at Indoor Heps, and sophomore teammate Nicole Macco (Aberdeen, N.J.) earn a spot this weekend. Harvard is expected to have two athletes in the competition — junior Marlena Sabatino (Hillsborough, N.J.) and sophomore Nicole Trenchard (Santa Cruz, Calif.). Sabatino has flirted with the 13-foot height in the past while Trenchard scored in this event last year. Dartmouth freshman Julia Valenti (North Reading, Mass.) — who scored at Indoor Heps — has been consistent with her clearances all season, making her a likely top-six again this weekend.

High jump

Final: Sunday, 2 pm

Heps & Championship Record
1.92 (6-03.50) — Dora Gyorffy (Harvard, 1998)

2017 Top 10
1.76 (5-09.25) — Carly Paul (Brown)
1.73 (5-08.00) — Anna Peyton Malizia (Penn)
1.73 (5-08.00) — Raegan Nizdil (Harvard)
1.72 (5-07.75) — Jenell Grier-Spratley (Brown)
1.72 (5-07.75) — Kate Gulbrandsen (Cornell)
1.72 (5-07.75) — Shanelle DeJournett (Brown)
1.67 (5-05.75) — Noel Jancewicz (Penn)
1.67 (5-05.75) — Uloma Nwaolu (Brown)
1.66 (5-05.25) — Olivia Mooney (Yale)
1.66 (5-05.25) — Grace Smith (Cornell)
1.66 (5-05.25) — Elena Brown-Soler (Penn)
1.66 (5-05.25) — Hadley Wilhoite (Princeton)
1.66 (5-05.25) — Nnenna Ibe (Princeton)

Pole vault

Final: Saturday, 11 am

Heps Record
4.15 (13-07.25) — Allison Harris (Princeton, 2016)

Championship Record
4.00 (13-01.50) — Natalie Gengel (Cornell, 2009)
4.00 (13-01.50) — Tory Worthen (Princeton, 2010)
4.00 (13-01.50) — Allison Harris (Princeton, 2016)

2017 Top 10
4.03 (13-02.50) — Allison Harris (Princeton)
4.00 (13-01.50) — Claire Kao (Cornell)
3.90 (12-09.50) — Molly Minnig (Penn)
3.85 (12-07.50) — Julia Valenti (Dartmouth)
3.85 (12-07.50) — Marlena Sabatino (Harvard)
3.75 (12-03.50) — Nicole Macco (Penn)
3.75 (12-03.50) — Nicole Trenchard (Harvard)
3.75 (12-03.50) — Monica Benz (Penn)
3.68 (12-00.75) — Katherine Schroeder (Penn)
3.65 (11-11.75) — Abigail Sharkey (Columbia)

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