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May 5, 2012

Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships - Day 1

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PHILADELPHIA -- Day two of the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships should be an exciting affair, as Cornell holds a slim one-point edge on Brown after day one of the event.

The Big Red finished the first day with 39 points, one ahead of Brown, which tallied 38. Princeton (26) and Columbia (22) are still in the mix, while Harvard (14), Yale (6), Penn (6) and Dartmouth (4) round out the rest of the scoring.

The Bears did well on the throwing fields. Junior Lacey Craker gave Brown the hammer throw title for the fourth-straight year after Brynn Smith won the previous three. The Bears are the first time in Ivy League history to win the hammer throw four-consecutive years. Brown sophomore Niina Al-Hassan won the javelin throw with a mark of 154-10 to become the first Bear to win that event since Laura Dudek in 2004.

But Cornell picked up 16 points in the final event of the day, as junior Katie Kellner (34:07.85) and sophomore Devin McMahon (34:53.50) placed first and third, respectively, in the 10,000m. The Bears' Olivia Mickle finished in second with a time of 34:33.60 to keep her team on the heels of the Big Red.

In the other field events of the day, Princeton junior Tory Worthen won her third-straight pole vault title with a mark of 12-10.00, the fourth-best mark in meet history. Columbia went 1-2 in the long jump with junior Uju Ofoche (19-04.00) winning the title and freshman Nadia Eke (19-03 ½) placing second.

Sunday's action begins at 10:00 a.m. with the heptathlon long jump. The first championship event will take place at 11:00 a.m. with the triple jump, followed shortly thereafter by the 5,000m run at 11:30 a.m.