Princeton Women Win Second Consecutive Indoor Championship
NEW YORK -- Princeton had four individual title winners, one winning relay team and five runner-up performances on its way to claiming the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship held at The Armory in New York.
The Tigers finished with 128 points, while Columbia finished in a very close second with 123 points.
Columbia sprinting sensation Sharay Hale took the top individual honor for the second consecutive year, begin named the Female Outstanding Performer of the meet in a vote by the eight head coaches. Hale won the 200m, 400m and was a member of the 4x400m relay. On Saturday, she raced to a 23.68 Ivy League record in the 200m semifinals.
On Sunday, she earned her second consecutive title in the 200m dash in a winning time of 23.81. Hale went on to win the 400m dash in 53.43 and served as the anchor on the Lions' 4x400m relay that set a meet record (3:39.46) on its way to a first-place finish. Also on that relay team were Kyra Caldwell, Miata Morlu and Uju Ofoche.
Princeton's Ashley Higginson was a double winner in the 3,000m and 5,000m runs. The senior claimed the 3,000m in 9:26.32 and the 5,000m in 16:21.16.
Also taking top individual honors for the Tigers was Alexis Mikaelian in the mile (4:54.60) and Tory Worthen in the pole vault (12-9.5).
Princeton rounded out first-place honors with a win by Greta Feldman, Molly Higgins, Kristin Smoot and Alexis Mikaelian in the 4x800m. The Tiger team claimed victory in a meet record 8:43.16.
Along with Hale's two individual wins and the 4x400m relay,, the Lions had four additional event winners. Kyra Caldwell claimed her second consecutive 60m hurdles title (8.52), Monique Roberts won the high jump (5-9.25), Uju Ofoche won the long jump (19-7), and Queen Okeke took top honors in the triple jump (41.10-75).
Brown's Brynn Smith was one of three Ivy athletes to win multiple individual titles, claiming top honors in both the weight throw (60-1) and the shot put (51-9.75).
Cornell's Melissa Hewitt won defended her Ivy title in the 60m dash, crossing in 7.52. Yale's Kate Grace won the 800m run in 2:05.37 and Dartmouth freshman Janae Duchack beat out her teammate, and 2010 champ, Priscilla Trojano for the title in the pentathlon. Dunchack collected 3,622 points to Trojano's 3,420.
Women's Team Standings
1. Princeton, 128
2. Columbia, 123
3. Cornell, 87.66
4. Brown, 50
5. Harvard, 48
6. Dartmouth, 39
7. Penn, 27.33
8. Yale, 24