NEW YORK -- Columbia's Sharay Hale set an all-time Ivy record in the 200m dash semifinals to highlight an exicting opening day of competion at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at The Armory.
Hale, the 2010 Female Oustanding Performer of the meet, held the previous Ivy record of 23.75, set earlier this season. On Friday, in her semifinals heat, the junior raced out to a time of 23.68. That mark is also a meet record, breaking her old record of 24.20 set last year at Dartmouth.
She advances to Sunday's finals in both the 200m and 400m dash, the latter of which she earned the top semifinals time as well at 53.59.
Five women's event finals were contested on Friday including three field events, the 5,000m run and the pentathlon.
The first champion to be crowned Friday was in the women's weight throw where Brown's Brynn Smith took first with a top mark of 60-1. Harvard freshman Adabelle Ekechukwu was the runner-up with a top mark of 57-1.5.
In the women's pole vault, Princeton's Tory Worthen won her second consecutive title in the event with a top mark of 12-9.5. That matches the sophomore's winning mark from one year ago. Worthen's rookie teammate, Samantha Anderson, also reached a top mark of 12-9.5, finishing second.
Columbia's first win of the meet came in the women's long jump as sophomore Uju Ofoche has a top mark of 19-7. She beat out 2010 champ Melissa Hewitt of Cornell who finished second with a jump of 19-6.25.
Princeton seniors went 1-2-3 in the 5,000m run, led by Ashley Higginson's winning time of 16:21.16. That final is good for the fourth fastest in meet history. Higginson was followed by Alex Banfich in second (16:22.52) and Sarah Cummings in third (16:25.83). Dartmouth freshmen Caitie Meyer was fourth in 16:34.47.
The final women's event to go final on Saturday was the pentathlon, which saw the Big Green go 1-2 atop the standings. Freshman Janae Dunchack edged out 2010 champion Priscilla Trojano with a point total of 3,622. Trojano's second-place total was 3.420.
Team standings through the five completed events are as
1. Princeton, 54
2. Columbia, 27
3. Dartmouth, 22
4. Harvard, 17
5. Cornell, 16
6. Brown, 11
7. Penn, 8
8. Yale, 0