PRINCETON, N.J. -- Seven Ivy League women's track & field athletes turned in marks worthy of top 25 rank among all NCAA Division I competitors during the first month of outdoor competition. Those standout invididual performances, along with many other solid times and marks so far this season have led to seven of the eight Ivies earn rank in the first regular-season USTFCCCA Regional polls, released April 5.
Princeton tops the Mid-Atlantic Region while Penn comes in at No. 7. In the Northeast Region, Cornell opens the season at No. 1. Harvard is No. 6, Columbia is No. 7, Dartmouth is No. 9 and Yale is No. 10.
The Tigers and Big Red combine for four of the League's seven top 25 performers. Cornell's Kim Standridge holds the highest current ranking, currently listed at No. 12 in the 800m run following a 2:07.78 time at the Titan Twilight on March 25. Teammate Janel Parker is ranked No. 24 in the event after running a 2:08.78 at the Titan Twilight. The third Big Red athlete making the list is Molly Glantz in the 400m hurdles. Glanzt holds the current 24th best time, 59.36, which she achieved on March 19 at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invite.
Princeton's Emma Ruggiero is currently ranked No. 17 in the hammer throw after a toss of 194-3/59.21m on April 2 at the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational.
Columbia's Sharay Hale, the Female Outstanding Performer at both the 2010 and 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships, ran a 54.05 400m dash on April 1 at the 2011 Florida Relays, currently the 22nd fastest time in the nation. Hale also leads all Ivies with a season-best mark of 24.20 in the 200m dash, also achieved at the Florida Relays.
Rounding out the Ivies with top 25 times are Harvard's Claire Richardson and Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, both in the 5,000m. Richardson achieved a time of 16:22.15 on March 31 at the Colonial Relays, good for 18th in the nation. D'Agostino holds the 19th fastest time, 16:23.50, set on March 25 at the Raleigh Relays.