PRINCETON, N.J. — For the seventh time in the last eight years, Cornell has swept the men's and women's Outdoor Heps championships; both Big Red teams winning in convincing fashion.
On the women's side, Cornell claimed its eighth Outdoor Heps team title in the last nine years, outlasting valiant efforts from the Brown and Columbia squads.
Co-Women's Athlete of the Meet Melissa Hewitt accounted for a total of 28 points to the Big Red's winning cause, as she took first the 100m dash and second in the 200, while running a strong second leg on Cornell's title-winning 4x100 relay team.
Hewitt shared the award with Columbia's Kyra Caldwell. Not only did Caldwell blow away the League championship record by running 58.24 in the 400-meter hurdles, she became the first hurdles double champ (100 and 400) since Olympian Brenda Taylor did it for Harvard in 1999. The old record of 58.44 was held by Navy’s Joanna Helm.
Other highlights from Sunday's women's action included Princeton's Ashley Higginson's impressive double in the steeplechase and 3k.
The final women's team standing were as follows:
1. Cornell, 146 1/2
2. Brown, 132
3. Columbia, 129
4. Princeton, 125 1/2
5. Penn, 86
6. Dartmouth, 38
7. Harvard, 33
8. Yale, 23