Princeton Women Clinch Team Title, Trio Named Most Oustanding Performers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Princeton claimed its second Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the past three seasons while the trio of Brown's Brynn Smith, Columbia's Sharay Hale and Yale's Kate Grace shared the title of Female Most Outstanding Performer of the meet as 2011 action concluded on Mother's Day Sunday at Yale's Cuyler Athletic Complex & Dwyer Field.
The Tiger women won five events, including two of the three relays, and added six runner-up finishes to help them pull away from the tight field. Cornell placed second with 113 points, Brown followed with 101, Columbia with 92, Penn with 84, Dartmouth with 74, Harvard with 71 and Yale with 46.
The trio who shared Most Outstanding Performer honors each won multiple events, while Smith and Hale also achieved all-time Ivy records. Smith won her second shot put title and her third consecutive hammer throw, the latter with an Ivy record hurl of 202-11.
Hale picked up a trio of first-place finishes, including the 200m dash, 400m dash and as the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay. It was her performances in the 200m dash that put her name into the all-time League record book as she ran a meet record 23.69 in the prelims, then broke the all-time Ivy record with a 23.65 finish in the finals. That surpassed her own Ivy record of 23.69, set earlier this season.
Grace capped her final Outdoor Championship with her first double win. She clinched her third consecutive 800m title in a time of 2:06.44, her fastest winning time, and her first 1,500m title in 4:20.77, edging Princeton's Alexis Mikaelian by .02 seconds.
Final Team Standings
1. Princeton, 132
2. Cornell, 113
3. Brown, 101
4. Columbia, 92
5. Penn, 84
6. Dartmouth, 74
7. Harvard, 71
8. Yale, 46