Two Ivy Records Fall on Day One of the Women's Outdoor Track Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Through six events that went final on Saturday, including five field events, the Brown Bears take the early lead in the team standings at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Yale University's Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Field.
Despite a total of two hours of delay due to lighting in the surrounding areas, the first day of competition in New Haven, Conn., produced a pair of meet records and stiff competition across the board.
The Bears were led by senior Brynn Smith, who took first place in both the hammer and shot put. She kicked off the day with her third consecutive Ivy title in the hammer, winning with an all-time Ivy League record hurl of 202-11. Smith is the first Ivy athlete to break the 200-foot mark as she broke her own all-time League record of 199-8, which she set at last year's Outdoor Championship.
After placing second to her teammate Danielle Grunloh in the 2010 shot put, Smith reclaimed the title she earned in 2009, winning with a throw of 51-1.5.
Princeton's Tory Worthen earned her second consecutive Ivy title in the pole vault in 12-9.5. Also taking top honors in field events Saturday were Uju Ofoche in the long jump and Harvard's Hannah Mayer in the javelin. Ofoche was the runner up in the long jump in 2010 and took this year's title with a leap of 20-5.75. Mayer, just a freshman, kicked off her collegiate career by claiming top honors in the javelin, turning in a winning throw of 151-5.
The sixth event to go final Saturday was the final event of the night, the 10,000m run. Cornell sophomore Kelsey Karys pulled away from the field down the stretch for her first individual title, crossing in 34:19.99, the fastest time in the event at the Outdoor Championships since Harvard's Lindsey Scherf in 2006 (33:41.14). The Big Red went one-two in the race as sophomore Katie Kellner took second in 34:37.92.
The second meet record to go down Saturday was in the 200m dash as Columbia's Sharay Hale raced to a semifinals-winning time of 23.69. That matches her own Ivy League record, which she achieved earlier this season, but breaks her own Championship meet record of 23.83, set in 2010.
A full slate of action begins Sunday at 11 a.m. with the triple jump and heptathlon long jump. The first women's running event of the day is the 5,000m run, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
Team Standings Through Day One
1. Brown, 48
2. Princeton, 44
3. Cornell, 26
3. Harvard, 26
5. Columbia, 23
6. Penn, 12
7. Dartmouth, 7
8. Yale, 0