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February 2, 2012

Women's Indoor Track and Field Update 2

Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight teams were in action this past weekend, highlighted by first-place finishes by Brown, Columbia and Cornell in the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games, Metropolitan Indoor Track & Field Championships and Saturday Night at the Armory II, respectively.  

The Ivy League will be in action this weekend as Harvard will hold the Battle for Beantown and Yale will host its annual Giegengack Invitational. The Ancient Eight are gearing up for the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships, which will take place on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26, at Barton Hall in Ithaca, N.Y.

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League from this past weekend:

Brown
Brown captured the team title with 118.33 points at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games hosted at Northeastern's Reggie Lewis Center. The Bears held off the host team to win by 5.5 points. Freshman Lauren Waterbury claimed the 200m dash title by running the race in 25.20 seconds and junior Bree Shugarts captured the one-mile race in 4:55.60. Brown took 1-2 in the 3,000m as sophomore Heidi Caldwell won with a time of 9:41.84 and fellow classmate Margaret Connelly was close behind at 9:52.04. Senior Susan Scavone took first in the 55m hurdles after crossing the line in 8.04.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Tribute to Charles Torpey in Kingston, R.I.

Columbia
The Lions claimed their first Metropolitan Indoor Track & Field Championships title. Columbia totaled 156 team points in the event, which was held in the Armory in New York. The women's distance runners had a big night as freshman Waverly Neer won the 1,000m in a time of 2:52.52, junior Emily Lanois won the one-mile run in 4:52.47 and freshman Aryn Foland took home the 3,000m crown with a time of 10:00.99. The Lions also won the 4 x 800m relay with a time of 9:14.39, a good three seconds ahead the field. Senior Kyra Caldwell won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.64. In the jumping events, senior Monique Roberts won the high jump, clearing 1.76m, and freshman Nadia Eke took the triple-jump title with a leap of 12.58m.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York

Cornell
The Big Red took the team title in the Saturday Night at the Armory II in New York. Cornell earned 158.5 points to best second-place Princeton by more than 20 points. Senior Melissa Hewitt won the 200m with an ECAC-qualifying 24.69 and the Big Red saw four athletes qualify for ECAC’s in the 1,000m, led by junior Alyssa O’Connor’s first-place run of 2:50.68. Junior Victoria Imbesi broke her own school-record in the shot put with a throw of 48 ¾, marking the third time this season she has passed 48 feet. Big Red individuals also competed in the Terrier Classic in Boston and junior Katie Kellner placed third in the 5,000m with a time of 16:11.38, currently the second-best time in the NCAA this season and second only hall of famer Pam Hunt in Cornell history.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge in University Park, Pa.

Dartmouth:
The Big Green competed in the Terrier Invitational at Boston University and sophomore Abbey D’Agostino broke a record she set just last week, winning the mile in 4:37.41, a full second faster than her previous best. D’Agostino has the first and second-best mile times in the NCAA this season. Junior Emmaline Berg claimed the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 14.25m (46-9), almost five inches further than the second-place finisher.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York

Harvard:
The Crimson competed in the Saturday Night at the Armory II in New York, finishing fourth with 99 points, behind Cornell (158.5), Princeton (133.5) and Maryland (108.5). Senior Meg Looney's time of 2:10.02 in the 800m was the fastest of the meet and ranks seventh all-time in Harvard history. Sophomore Alaina Murphy captured the mile in a personal-best time of 4:53.84. The rookie duo of Erika Veidis (1:14.59) and Molly Renfer (1:15.13) placed fourth and fifth in the race and set the fourth- and sixth-best times in the event in Harvard annals, respectively.

Next event: Friday, Feb. 3 with the Battle of Beantown in Boston

Penn:
The Quakers took part in two events, the Penn State National and Navy’s Wesley A. Brown Invitational. Senior Victoria Strickland won the 500m in the PSU Invitational with a time of 1:14.26, qualifying for ECAC's with the third-best time in school history. The team also qualified for ECAC’s in the 5,000m and the 4x800 relay. In the Navy Invitational, Penn took four of the top five spots in the 60m, led by junior Nony Onyeador’s first-place finish in 7.89. Junior Amber Scott ran the 60m hurdles in 9.28 to place first and freshman Heather Bong won the 200m at 25.66.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4 at the New Balance Invitational in New York

Princeton:
The Tigers took second in the Saturday Night at the Armory II in New York with 133.5 points, trailing only Cornell (158.5). Senior Eileen Moran won at 60m with a time of 7.62 and sophomore Abby Levene set a personal-best in the 3,000m by crossing the line in 9:43.61. Princeton went 1-2 in the pole vault, led by junior Tory Worthen’s 3.9m, while sophomore Imani Oliver won the triple jump with a mark of 12.42m. Princeton also took the 4x400 relay title with a time of 3.46.12.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge in University Park, Pa.

Yale:
The Bulldogs competed in the Terrier Invitational in Boston. Yale was led by a pair of second-place finishers in senior Alexa Monti (60m dash) and junior Nihal Kayali (1,000m). Monti set a season-best with a time of 7.78 in the finals, while Kayali crossed the line in 2:49.67, a mere .19 seconds behind the winner. Sophomore Annelies Gamble placed fourth in the 800m with a 2:10.98, a season-best for her and just a half a second off of her Yale record.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4 with the Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn.