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May 6, 2012

Cornell Women Hold On to Win 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship

Final Results | Photo Gallery | Interview with Abbey D'Agostino | Interview with Rich Bowman | Final Lap of Women's Steeplechase

PHILADELPHIA -- Leading by a point after day one of the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Cornell women's team pulled away on the second day of the event to take its first title since 2010 and 13th overall. The Big Red accumulated 158 points, followed by Princeton (134), Brown (94), Dartmouth (89), Penn (79), Harvard (71), Columbia (66) and Yale (22).

Cornell's points total marks the highest score in the Outdoor Championships since it recorded 165 in 2008. The Big Red placed two on the podium in six separate events on Sunday, including a 400m hurdles championship by senior Molly Glantz (58.94). Cornell also won titles in the 4x400m relay (3:39.16), high jump (Ailish Hanly, 5-09 ¼) and shot put (Victoria Imbesi, 49-03 ¾).

Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino was named Female Most Outstanding Performer after setting two meet records on Sunday, in the 1,500m (4:17.90) and the 3,000m (9:24.64). She also ran the third leg of Dartmouth's second-place 4x800m relay team.

D'Agostino was not the only two-time individual winner on Sunday, as Princeton senior Eileen Moran took the 100m (11.89) and 200m (24.05) titles. She also ran the final leg of the Tigers' championship 4x100m relay team, which posted the fourth-fastest time in Ivy League history.

Dartmouth senior Alexi Pappas took the steeplechase title with a meet-record 9:58.80, the fourth-best mark in League history. She also placed second behind D'Agostino in the 3,000m with a time of 9:25.63.

Brown sophomore Heidi Caldwell took the 5,000m title with a mark of 16:18.89, the fifth-fastest time in meet history and the best since 2004, when Princeton's Emily Kroshus won the event in 16:16.54.

Final Team Standings
1.    Cornell, 158
2.    Princeton, 134
3.    Brown, 94
4.    Dartmouth, 89
5.    Penn, 79
6.    Harvard, 71
7.    Columbia, 66
8.    Yale, 22

Most Outstanding Performer
Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth, So. (Topsfield, Mass.)