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May 11, 2014

Harvard Wins First Women's Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Title Since 1990

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For the second time in program history, and the first since 1990, the Harvard women's team is Ivy League Heptagonal Track & Field Champions.

The Crimson garnered 162 points to hold off Dartmouth, which tallied 149. Cornell finished third with 94, followed by Columbia (88), Princeton (86), Brown (61.5), Penn (46.5) and Yale (26).

Harvard's 162 points is the highest total since Cornell finished with 165 in 2008, and the ninth time that the winning team reached the 160-point plateau in Ivy League history. Dartmouth tallied the most points in its program's history and placed second for the fifth time in its program's history and first since 2000.

The Crimson won five events on Sunday, including four on the track. Junior Erika Veidis became the first Harvard winner in the 800m since Karen Goetze in 1995 and sophomore Autumne Franklin (100mH) and freshman Jade Miller (400mH) swept the hurdles. The 4x100m relay team of junior Ashley Collinsworth, Miller, Franklin and junior Danielle Barbian set the all-time Ivy League record with a time of 45.40.

In the field, freshman Nikki Okwelogu became the first Crimson to win the shot put since BreeAnna Gibson in 2003. Okwelogu's mark of 52-7 ¼ is third-best in meet history and fourth all-time in Ivy League history.

But the story of the meet was Abbey D'Agostino. The Dartmouth senior won the 10K on Saturday and the 5K and 3K on Sunday, becoming the first Ivy in history to win all three events not only over a career let alone over the same Championship. For her efforts, she was a unanimous selection for Most Outstanding Female Track Performer.

D'Agostino was not the only Big Green to set a record, as sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn won both the high jump and the 100m. Before today, no Ivy had ever won both events over a career; Whitehorn accomplished the feat over a weekend. She is the first Big Green to win the 100m since Betsy Cuervo in 1987 and the first to win the high jump since Laura Morrell in 1980.

Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe was voted Most Outstanding Female Field Performer after winning the weight throw on Saturday with a meet record 222-03.

Team Standings
1. Harvard, 162
2. Dartmouth, 149
3. Cornell, 94
4. Columbia, 88
5. Princeton, 86
6. Brown, 61.5
7. Penn, 46.5
8. Yale, 26