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June 12, 2014

Princeton's Ratcliffe Wins National Championship to Highlight Day 1 of NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe became the first Ivy League track & field athlete to win the women's hammer throw, highlighting day one of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Ratcliffe posted the three best throws of the day and her best reached 219-5 as she completed an undefeated season. She is the first member of the Tigers women's track and field program to win a national championship, bettering Lauren Simmons' runner-up finish in the 800m in 2002. Ratcliffe's win also extended Princeton's department-wide streak of at least one individual or team national championship to 43 years.

Ratcliffe was not the only Ivy to clinch All-American status, however, as Cornell junior Stephen Mozia was the runner-up in the shot put with a heave of 67-1 ½, the best throw by an Ivy since Princeton's August Wolf set the all-time mark of 67-02 in 1982.

Competing for the final time as a Tiger, Princeton's Chris Bendtsen placed ninth overall in the 10K. His teammate Adam Bragg took part in the pole vault, placing 12th. On the women's side, Penn sophomore Kelsey Hay took 18th overall in the javelin.

A pair of Ivies advanced to the finals of their respective events in Cornell senior Rachel Sorna (steeplechase) and Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch (800m). Sorna posted the fastest time on the day, crossing the line in 9:53.76 to move on to Friday's finals. Krumpoch, meanwhile, finished fourth in her heat with a time of 2:04.96, seventh-best overall. She will also run again on Friday.

A number of Ivies competed well but were unable to get out of the semifinal round. For Harvard, junior Erika Veidis (16th, 800m), sophomore Autumne Franklin (10th, 400mH), freshman Jade Miller (12th, 400mH) and junior Hannah Mayer (DNP, javelin) all saw their season come to an end, as did Columbia senior Harry McFann (18th, 800m), Brown junior Henry Tufnell (19th, 800m) and Crimson senior James Leakos (DQ, 10,000m).

Day two of the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships begins at 4:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3's live coverage will kick off at 6:55 p.m. ET.