Women's Track and Field Set for 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Of the 10 times that Cornell has hosted the women's Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships at Barton Hall, the home squad has won four titles and Princeton has taken three. In the past 10 years, Cornell has won seven titles and Princeton has taken three. In 2012, Barton Hall will again play host to the Ivy League teams and the six other squads will be gunning to end Princeton and Cornell's hold on the Indoor Championships.
The Big Red and the Tigers will not relinquish their grasp on the Ivy League Indoor Championships easily, however, as Princeton ranks No. 1 or No. 2 in the League in 15 events, while Cornell is second with 11 combined first or second-best marks in the conference this season.
See below for a team-by-team breakdown:
Brown Bears: Sophomore Lauren Waterbury holds the League's fastest time in the 400m with a 54.62 in the Boston University Valentine's Invitational on Feb. 10. Senior Susan Scavone finished third in the 60m-hurdles in 2011; she posted the fastest time in that event this season (8.54) and looks to take her first Ivy League title. Junior Lacey Craker posted the season's third-best throw in Brown's Alden Invitational on Dec. 3 and looks to improve from her seventh-place finishes at the last two Indoor Championships.
Columbia Lions: The Lions finished five-points behind Princeton in the 2011 Ivy League Indoor Championships and feel confident in their ability to win its first League title in program history. Freshman Waverly Neer has set two Columbia records so far during the indoor season, in the mile (4:41.92) and the 3,000m (9:08.72). Both marks are the second-best in the Ivy League this season and her time in the 3,000m is currently the ninth-best in the nation. Senior Kyra Caldwell earned first-team All-Ivy in 2011 in 60m hurdles and as part of the 4 x 400m relay team and has titles in multiple events so far this season. Fellow classmate Monique Roberts, a first-team All-Ivy recipient in the high jump last season, holds the second-best jump in the League in 2012.
Cornell Big Red: Junior Katie Kellner holds the best 5,000m time in the Ivy League and the 16th-best in the NCAA this season with a mark of 16:11.38. It is also the second-fastest time in Cornell history. Junior Victoria Imbesi is the top shot putter in the League so far this season with a school-record throw of 48 ¾. Senior Melissa Hewitt earned first-team All-Ivy in the 60m dash and second team in the long jump in last year's championships and has the best long jump in the Ivy League this season. Freshman Katie Woodford (200m), sophomore Lauren Lloyd (800m) and senior Erin Rossi (weight throw) each hold the second-best League marks in their respective events. Cornell returns three of the four members of its 2011 second-team All-Ivy 4 x 400m relay team.
Dartmouth Big Green: Sophomore Abbey D'Agostino holds the best times in the Ivy League in the mile (4:36.64) and the 3,000m (9:02.15), which rank ninth and fourth in the NCAA this season. Her time in the 3,000m is a school record by more than 12 seconds. Sophomore Janae Duchack looks to repeat as the pentathalon champion; she is the second-best performer in that event in the League this season. Senior Christina Supino is the current League-leader in the 800m with a time of 2:06.94.
Harvard Crimson: The Crimson returns two second-team All-Ivy performers from the 2011 Ivy League Indoor Championships in junior Mary Hirst (high jump) and sophomore Adabelle Eckechukwu (weight throw). Each leads the League in their respective event this season. Eckechukwu's throw of 60-10 is more than five feet better than the second-best toss. Sophomore pole vaulter Allie Pace is second-best in the League this year, as is Harvard's 4 x 800m team.
Penn Quakers: Sophomore Gabrielle Piper earned second-team All-Ivy in the 60m hurdles last season and looks to take the top spot in 2012 after tying for fourth in the League this season with a time of 8.75. Piper also holds the fourth-best Ivy time in the 60m dash in 2012. Freshman Annie Holland and senior Kristen Judge are among six to record jumps of 5-7, the third-best mark in the League this season.
Princeton Tigers: The Tigers are looking to three-peat for the second time in program history (1981-83). Junior Tory Worthen won the pole vault title in 2011 to earn first-team All-Ivy and looks to repeat in 2012. Worthen holds the top two marks in the pole vault this season; her best is more than four inches longer than the second-best throw. Senior Alex Banfich placed second in both the 3,000m and the 5,000m in the championships last year. She holds the third-fastest time in the Ivy League in the 5,000m this season. Princeton's 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m relay teams are tops in the Ivy League this season, while senior Eileen Moran (60m) and freshman Cecilia Barowski (400m) are each second in the conference in their respective events. Moran earned second-team All-Ivy honors in the 60m in 2011.
Yale Bulldogs: Sophomore Emily Urciuoli ranks fourth in the Ivy League in the pole vault this season with a career-best jump of 3.75m, the second-best indoor leap in school history. Sophomore Sarah Barry and junior Nihal Kayali hold the eighth and ninth-best mile times in the conference, respectively, and junior Elizabeth Marvin's 16:56.03 time in the 5,000m is the eighth-best time in the League this season. Freshman Emily Cable leads the team in the 200m with a time of 25.33, the fifth-fastest mark in Yale indoor history.