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Records Fall on Day One of Heptagonal Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships

Harvard's Adabelle Ekechukwu
Harvard's Adabelle Ekechukwu

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Looking for its first title since 2009, the Cornell women's track and field team finished the first day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field in first-place with 35 team points.

But the Big Red will have its work cut out for it to hold on to the title, as Harvard (29), Princeton (26.5), Dartmouth (22) and Columbia (22) are all in position to jump to the front. Brown (12.5), Yale (4) and Penn (4) round out the rest of the standings.

Cornell leads the way even though the Big Red did not take first in any of the five championship events on the day. Junior Rachel Sorna and senior Katie Kellner gave their team 14 points in the 5,000m, finishing second and third with times of 15:56.63 and 16:07.19, respectively.

The Big Red also put a pair of athletes on the podium in the long jump, where freshman Hillary Holmes placed second with a mark of 18-9 and junior Anjelique Parnell took sixth with a leap of 18-5 ¼. Holmes also took third in the pentathlon, garnering 3,696 points. Senior Lindsey Patterson placed third in the pole vault after clearing 12-5 ½.

But the highlights of the day came from the teams that currently trail Cornell in the standings. Princeton senior Tory Worthen became the first-ever four-time indoor pole vault champion, clearing 13-1 ½. Last year's Indoor Track & Field Championship Most Outstanding Performer set the third-best pole vault mark in meet history.  

In the highly anticipated women's weight throw, Harvard junior Adabelle Ekechukwu and Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe did not disappoint. Earlier this season, Ratcliffe twice set the all-time Ivy League record in the event, only to see Ekechukwu break both marks at HYP. Ekechukwu knew she needed her best to hold off Ratcliffe, and she brought it, again setting an Ivy League record with a toss of 68-4 ¼ to hold on to the indoor weight throw title. Ratcliffe placed second with a mark of 61-4 ¼.

In last year's 5,000m, Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino was passed at the finish line. The 2012 outdoor 5,000m champion did not let that happen again, as she set a meet record with a time of 15:47.02, which also is the third-best 5,000m time in Ivy League history. Her closest competitor, Cornell's Sorna, crossed the line more than nine seconds after her.

Although the women's pentathlon closed out day one of the Ivy League Indoor Championships, Dartmouth senior Janae Dunchack had closed the door on her signature event much earlier. Dunchack won her third-straight indoor pentathlon title, becoming just the third to accomplish the feat and the first since Brown's Lindsay Taylor won four in a row from 1998-2001. Dunchack's total of 3,940 points was the second-most in meet history and the third-most all-time in League history.

The second and final day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday with the women's triple jump.

Women's Team Standings
1 . Cornell, 35
2. Harvard, 29
3. Princeton, 26.5
4. Dartmouth, 22
4. Columbia, 22
6. Brown, 12.5
7. Yale, 4
7. Penn, 4