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Ivy Indoor Track and Field Highlights

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Photo by Dan Grossman, Maple Leaf Photos

PRINCETON, N.J. — With Indoor Heps at Harvard less than a month away, here are some highlights from the Ivy indoor track and field season so far:

Cornell senior Jeomi Maduka (Arlington, Texas) continues to add to the list of accolades in her already stellar career, dominating in the jumps, both within the League and nationally.

At the Upstate Challenge in late January, Maduka put forth an NCAA-leading effort in the long jump, leaping 21-9 to set a new Ivy and Barton Hall record. Her performance is the third best by an American collegiate woman in 8 years and more than three feet better than the next best Ivy jump this season.

Just a week earlier at the Penn State Open, Maduka won the triple jump in an NCAA provisional qualifying 43-6, breaking her own school record set in December. The mark is also nearly four feet better than the next best Ivy jump this season. And on the track, in her first career indoor 200, Maduka ran the #3 time in Cornell history, 24.72, to place sixth overall.

Another performance of note came from Harvard senior co-captain Becky Christensen (Celina, Texas), who set a personal best of 1.86 meters in the high jump at the Harvard Select Meet, a mark good enough for second all-time in the Crimson record books. The jump came on the heels of her NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 1.85 in December.

On the men's side, two weight throwers have stood out with NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Cornell senior Erik Roneker (Groton, N.Y. ) threw 64'3.25" at the Cornell Relays in December for the League-best this season, while Princeton senior Alex Pessala (Westbury, N.Y.) was not far behind with a 64'3" at the Princeton New Year Invitational.

To take a look at the League's top performances to date, visit Direct Athletics.

Be sure to check back in to IvyLeagueSports.com for up-to-the second coverage of Indoor Heps, taking place at Harvard's Gordon Track — February 28-March 1.