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March 2, 2014

Harvard Holds Off Dartmouth to Win Heptagonal Women's Indoor Track & Field Title

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HANOVER, N.H. -- For the first time in its program’s history, the Harvard women's team has won back-to-back Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Crimson earned 122 points to hold off the host team Dartmouth, which finished with 102. Columbia was close behind with 95, followed by Princeton (79), Cornell (54), Brown (37.5), Penn (22.5) and Yale (15).

Harvard found itself in fourth-place after day 1, with 21 points. But the Crimson came back in a big way, led by wins in three events and second-place finishes in five others on Sunday. Senior Adabelle Ekechukwu narrowly missed her own meet and League record in the weight throw, winning with a heave of 68-3 ¼, second-best in both meet and League history. She earned Most Outstanding Field Performer accolades for the second-consecutive season.

Sophomore Autumne Franklin won the 60mH for the second-straight year, the first Crimson to do so since Brenda Taylor won three-straight from 1999-01. Juniors Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth went 1-2 in the 60m dash and wrote themselves into the record books. Barbian’s time of 7.44 is the fastest in League history, while Collinsworth’s mark of 7.49 ranks fifth in meet history. Harvard also placed second in the 400m (freshman Jade Miller) and the 800m (junior Erika Veidis), as well as the 4x800m and the 4x400m relays.

Dartmouth’s second-place finish matches its program-best, as it was the runner up in 1996, also in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green set a program record with its 102 points. Senior Abbey D’Agostino, who won the 3K on Saturday, was unanimously voted Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning the mile and being a part of the Big Green’s winning 4x800m relay team on Sunday. Her fellow 4x800m teammate Megan Krumpoch won the 800m, the first Big Green to do so since Cecily Garber in 2003. Dartmouth also picked up wins in the 200m (sophomore Jennifer Meech) and the 3K (sophomore Dana Giordano).

Other highlights from Sunday include Columbia junior Nadia Eke winning her second triple jump title and first since 2012, reaching 42-11 ½, fourth-best mark in League history. Cornell sophomore Udeme Akpaete became the first Big Red to win the 400m since 2005 (Cameron Washington).

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Harvard
122
2. Dartmouth
102
3. Columbia
95
4. Princeton
79
5. Cornell
54
6. Brown
37.5
7.
Penn
22.5
8.
Yale
15