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March 1, 2014

Dartmouth On Top After Day 1 of Heptagonal Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships

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HANOVER, N.H. -- Sometimes it is easy being Green.

The Dartmouth women's track and field team is in the lead after day one of the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at Leverone Field House in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green has never won the indoor title.

Dartmouth has 35 points, followed closely by Princeton (31), Columbia (22), Harvard (21) and Brown (20). Cornell (12), Yale (8) and Penn (6) round out the rest of the standings.

Sunday's finals will begin at 11:30am and The Ivy League® Digital Network's live broadcast will go from 12:30 p.m. until after the awards ceremony.

The Big Green earned points in all five finals on Saturday, including two wins. Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino picked up her fourth Ivy League indoor title, taking the 5K with a time of 16:08.70 to hold off the second-place finisher, Princeton freshman Megan Curham, by more than four seconds.

D'Agostino's classmate Janae Dunchack became the second Ivy ever to win four-straight pentathlon titles, and the first since Brown's Lindsay Taylor (1998-01). Dunchack finished with 3,895 points, the fourth-highest total in both meet history and League history. Harvard sophomore Madison Hansen finished second with 3,791 points.

The other three titles went to Columbia, Harvard and Princeton. The Lions, who had never won the indoor women's long jump prior to 2011, have now taken the last four titles after junior Nadia Eke placed first in the event with a leap of 18-10. She narrowly bested Dartmouth's Dunchack, who reached 18-9 ¾ to finish second.

Princeton went 1-2 in the pole vault to continue its dominance in the event, as a Tiger has placed first for five-straight years. This time around it was senior Samantha Anderson, who cleared 12-9 ½, matching the sixth-best mark in meet history.

Another highlight in a day full of stellar performances was that of Harvard junior Danielle Barbian, whose time the 60m dash prelims (7.45) set a meet record and matched the all-time League record, previously set my Cornell's Jeomi Maduka in 2009.

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Dartmouth
35
2. Princeton
31
3. Columbia
22
4. Harvard
21
5. Brown
20
6. Cornell
12
7.
Yale
8
8.
Penn
6