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Women's Indoor Track and Field Update 3

Photo courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Led by Harvard's first-place finish in the Battle of Beantown, the Ivy League teams posted successful results over the weekend. Cornell and Princeton went 2-3 in the Sykes/Sabock Challenge. In non-scoring meets, Dartmouth's distance medley relay team recorded the seventh-best time in the country this season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York and Penn's 4 x 200m relay team broke a 27-year-old school record.

All eight teams will be back in action this weekend. Harvard hosts the annual HYP meet, Brown, Penn and Columbia will compete in the NYRR Saturday Night at the Races and Cornell will hold the Robert J. Kane Invitational. Dartmouth will cut its team into thirds and compete in three events, the Husky Classic in Seattle, the St. Valentine's Invite in Boston and a throws meet in Durham, N.C.

The squads are gearing up for the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships, which will be held 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:
The Bears took part in the Tribute to Charles Torpey Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island and came away with three titles. Senior Susan Scavone won the 60m hurdles with a URI field house record 8.65. Sophomore Megan Palmer won the 800m by crossing the line in 2:15.90 and junior Hannah Wallace took first in the pole vault with a leap of 3.60m. A number of Bears placed second in various events, including sophomore Brienne Crimmins (long jump, 5.31m) and junior Lace Craker (weight throw, 15.89m).

Next event: Friday, Feb. 10, Valentine Invitational, Boston

Columbia:
The Lions competed in the two-day New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory in New York. In the first day of action, Columbia finished 3-4 in the 5,000m, as Caroline McDonough and Emily Lanois ran the race in 16:26.62 and 16:33.63, respectively. On the second day of the event, freshman Waverly Neer broke Columbia's indoor mile record with a sixth-place time of 4:41.92, the second-fastest time among Ivy League runners this season.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, Millrose Collegiate Invitational, New York

Cornell:
The Big Red placed second out of 16 teams in the Sykes/Sabock Challenge hosted by Penn State. Cornell posted 88 points, trailing only the host team (181). Sophomore Rachel Sorna made up an 11-second deficit in the last half of the 5,000m to take first in 16:55.99 and junior Alyssa O'Connor ran the mile in a personal-best 4:49.00 for the victory. In the 600m, senior Molly Glantz set a personal-record with a 1:30.92 to take the title. Cornell finished 1-2 in the 3,000m as junior Genna Hartung cruised to victory in a personal best 9:40.88, followed by sophomore Emily Shearer. Sophomore Lauren Lloyd placed second in the 800m in 2:10.85. Cornell also sent members of its team to the Ithaca College Bomber Invite, winning 10 titles. Sophomore Anjelique Parnell led the way with a pair of victories, in the long jump (5.76m) and the 60m dash (7.88 seconds). Cornell went 1-2-3 in the 60m dash. Freshman Jasmine Smith won the 200m in 7.94 and the Big Red again went 1-2-3, this time in the 60m hurdles, led by freshman Mina Alexis-Amick's 9.19. Fellow classmate Eve Bishop took the 400m with a time of 60.41. Freshman Corey Dowe won the mile in 5:10.26 and junior Neesha Schnepf ran a personal-best 10:23.40 to take first in the 3,000m. Sophomore Sarah Sherman (high jump, 1.65m), senior Kristin Brandt (triple jump, 11.60m) and freshman Megan DeFord (shot put, 12.21m) also won titles for the Big Red.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Robert J. Kane Invitational, Ithaca, N.Y.

Dartmouth:
The Big Green competed in two events over the weekend. In the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory in New York on Friday, the distance medley relay team placed second with a school-record time of 11:05.67, more than 10 seconds ahead of the previous record of 11:16.02, set last season. Dartmouth's time in the event is currently the seventh-best in the country this season. On Saturday, the Big Green hosted the Dartmouth Indoor Classic and came away with five titles. Freshman Marina Plesons won the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.35m, and fellow classmate Erica Hendershot won the triple jump with a leap of 11.15m. Sophomore Janae Dunchack won the long jump with a mark of 5.37m and finished third in the 60m hurdles by crossing the line in 9.27. Senior Renee Domozych claimed the top spot in the 800m with a time of 2:21.07 and Dartmouth finished 1-2 in the 4 x 400m relay with a first-place time of 4:05.45.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Husky Invitational, Seattle;
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Valentine's Invitational, Boston;
Saturday, Feb. 11, Throws meet, Durham, N.C.

Harvard:
The Crimson hosted the fifth-annual Battle of Beantown and came away with its third-straight win in the event. Harvard finished with 196 points to top Boston University (176), MIT (70) and Northeastern (67). Sophomore Alexandra Pace set a school- and meet-record in the pole vault with a winning leap of 3.81m. Junior Olivia Weeks captured the triple jump title with a mark of 12.51m, a personal-best for her and the second-best distance in program history. The Crimson also set a meet-record in the shot put as junior Shannon Watt recorded a career-best throw of 14.42m and fellow classmate Mary Hirst won the high jump with a 1.77m leap. On the track, senior Meg Looney won the 500m in 1:14.19 and freshman Gabrielle Scott set a meet-record in the 400m with a time of 56.35. Freshman Erika Veidis won the 800m in 2:11.94 and helped the 4 x 440-yard relay team place first with a time of 3:52.00.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.

Penn:
The Quakers competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York and the 4 x 200m relay team broke a 27-year-old school record by crossing the line in 1:43.41. The old record of 1:44.05 was set in 1985. Junior Jillian Hart moved into second-place in the school record book in the pole vault, clearing 3.7m. Current Penn assistant coach Sam Crook holds the school record at 3.81m. The Quakers went 1-2 in the high jump as both senior Kristen Judge and freshman Annie Holland recorded leaps of 1.70m. However, Judge took the title after clearing that mark in just one attempt.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, NYRR Saturday Night at the Races at The Armory, New York.

Princeton:
The Tigers placed third out of 16 teams in the Sykes/Sabock Challenge hosted by Penn State. Princeton earned 63 points, trailing only Penn State (181) and Ivy League foe Cornell (88). The Tigers' lone victory came in the distance medley relay, as freshmen Jackie Nicholas, Emily de la Bruyere, Cecilia Barowski and Andrea Keklak finished with a time of 11:48.05. A number of Princeton's athletes placed second, including sophomore Theresa Devine, who was the runner-up in the 5,000m with a time of 17:03.05. Junior Greta Feldman took second in the mile in 4:52.33.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.

Yale:
The Bulldogs hosted the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn. In the first day of action, the distance medley relay team placed first with a time of 11:40.03. Freshman Emily Cable took second out of 32 athletes in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 25.33 and sophomore Amanda Snajder placed second in the long jump with a leap of 5.26m. The Bulldogs wrapped up the event on Saturday with three wins. Sophomore Emily Urciuoli set a personal-best in the pole vault with a leap of 3.75m, which also earned her first-place in the event. Senior Alexa Monti won both the preliminary and the final heats of the 60m dash, the latter in 7.91. Finally, the 4 x 400m relay team turned in a time of 3:55.22 to take the title. Junior Nihal Kayali became the second Bulldogs to run a sub-five minute mile this season, finishing second with a Yale season-best time of 4:50.88. Sophomore Sarah Barry placed second in the 1,000m after crossing the line in 2:53.82 and junior Allison Rue finished second out of 20 runners in the 500m dash, recording a time of 1:16.57.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.