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May 10, 2014

Princeton Looking for First Women's Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Title Since 2011

Championship Central | Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After one day of action at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship in New Haven, Conn., the Princeton women's team has doubled-up its closest competitor. A team title would be the Tigers first since 2011 – the last time Yale hosted the event.

Day two kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with the men's decathlon 110mH. The Ivy League® Digital Network's broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 5K.

Princeton has 42 points through five events, followed by Columbia (21), Harvard (19), Brown (19), Cornell (17), Penn (16), Dartmouth (14), and Yale (7).

The Tigers won three events on Saturday, all in the field. Senior Samantha Anderson gave Princeton five-straight pole vault titles after clearing 12-05 ½ and sophomore Julia Ratcliffe set a meet record en route to her second-consecutive hammer throw title with a heave of 222-03, fifth-best in Ivy League history. Ratcliffe is the first Tiger to win two hammer throw titles, let alone in back-to-back years.

Rounding out the winners for Princeton was senior Imani Oliver, who took the long jump with a leap of 19-09, becoming the first Tiger to win the event since Nicole Harrison in 1997. Freshman Megan Curham was the runner-up in the 10K with a time of 33:24.79.

The other two events went to Penn and Dartmouth. Quakers sophomore Kelsey Hay set an Ivy League record in the javelin with a throw of 164-01, breaking the mark set by Columbia's Lindsey Stephenson in 2002 (161-09). Hay gives Penn its first javelin title since 2003 (Julie Johnson-Siebert).

Prior to today, Big Green senior Abbey D'Agostino had never run a 10K in her illustrious collegiate career. D'Agostino not only ran the 10K, but won the 10K, crossing the line in 33:10.38, sixth-best in Ivy League history and the third-best time in meet history.

A number of Lions earned a spot on the podium to put Columbia in second-place through five events, including in the pole vault, where freshman Gardenia Centanaro and sophomore Grace Shadid placed second and sixth, respectively. One year after placing third in the long jump, junior Nadia Eke moved up a spot to finish as the runner-up.

Cornell placed three in the 10K, as senior Rachel Sorna, sophomore Caroline Kellner and senior Devin McMahon went 3-4-6. Harvard was led by senior Adabelle Ekechukwu, who placed second in the hammer throw, and junior Hannah Mayer, who took third in the javelin. Brown placed a number of athletes in the field events, including three in the javelin in senior Holleigh Bergstrom (second), freshman Ellie Gravitte (fourth) and senior Niina Al-Hassan (sixth).

Team Standings
1. Princeton, 42
2. Columbia, 21
3. Harvard, 19
3. Brown, 19
5. Cornell, 17
6. Penn, 16
7. Dartmouth, 14
8. Yale, 7