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Women's Indoor Track and Field Update 1

Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The indoor track and field season is in full swing as all eight Ivy League teams have competed in multiple events. Three squads are ranked in the top-10 of their respective USTFCCCA regional polls and five are listed in the regional rankings overall.

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:

The Bears won nine titles during their season-opening event, the Alden Invitational in Providence, R.I. Freshman Lauren Waterbury won the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.75 seconds and sophomore Megan Palmer won the 600m title by crossing the line in 1:37.43. The Bears finished 1-2-3 in the 4x400m relay, as the first-place squad finished with a time of 3:58.81. At the University of Rhode Island Sorlien Invitational in Providence, R.I., Brown finished 1-2-3 in the 60m hurdles. Senior Susan Scavone led the way with a time of 8.89 seconds. In the Harvard Challenge in Cambridge, Mass., sophomore Margaret Connelly and senior Ari Garber placed 1-2 in the one-mile run, crossing the line in 5:00.18 and 5:01.33, respectively.

Next event: Friday, Jan. 27 at the New Balance Games in Boston.

The Lions are ranked No. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional poll. Columbia has competed in two events, placing fourth out of six teams in the West Point Invitational and second in an Ivy League tri-meet at Dartmouth. In Columbia’s first event of the season, the team earned 77 points to finish ahead of Williams and Rider. Senior Kyra Caldwell earned two first-place finishes, winning the 400m with a time of 58.49 and then serving as anchor for the 4x400m squad, which took the title by crossing the line in 3:57.98. Freshman Madeline Rathebun claimed first-place in the 500m run with a time of 1:18.18 and sophomore Marvellous Iheukwumere won the 200m title with a time of 25.81 seconds. In a tri-meet at Dartmouth, Columbia won eight events and earned 63 points en route to a second-place finish, ahead of Yale. Sophomore Tayler Johnson won the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.01 seconds and Iheukwumere took the 60m dash with a time of 7.72 seconds. Junior Uju Ofoche won the long jump with a leap of 19-6.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 28 at Saturday at the Armory II in New York.

The Big Red is No. 2 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional rankings. Cornell opened its season by winning five events at the Cornell Relays. Senior co-captain Melissa Hewitt came within a half an inch of her personal-best in the long jump, clearing 20-2 1/2, while also winning the 300m in 40.35. The team won 12 events at the Southern Tier Collegiate Open at Barton Hall, led by the triumphant return of junior Victoria Imbesi, who competed for the first time since April after her sophomore outdoor season was curtailed due to a serious shoulder injury. She broke a 25-year-old school record in the shot put with a massive heave of 48 1/2. Senior Molly Glantz set the second-best NCAA mark this season in the 600m, turning in a time of 1:31.10. In the Nittany Lion Challenge, Cornell took six of the top seven places in the 3,000m, led by juniors Katie Kellner (first; 9:34.32) and Genna Hartung (second; 9:41.57) who each set personal records. The Big Red then placed first out of six teams in the Upstate Challenge in Barton Hall, defeating Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse, Ithaca College and Cortland. Cornell won five events with 15 ECAC qualifying performances, scoring 214 points to best Buffalo by 64.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 28 at Armory Invite in New York.

The Big Green is ranked No. 6 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Region poll. Dartmouth has placed first in three home events. The team opened its season with the Dartmouth Relays, posting 161 team points, outscoring the second-place team by more than 100 points. Senior Alexi Pappas took the top spot in the mile, finishing in 4:50.74, and the team took five of the top six spots in the 800m, including the first four. Dartmouth then defeated Maine, Rensselaer and Vermont with 70 team points. Sophomore Megan Krumpoch took first in the 400m for the second-straight event, crossing the line in 58.49. The Big Green then hosted an Ivy League tri-meet and finished ahead of Columbia and Yale. Sophomore Abbey D’Agostino set a Dartmouth record in the mile when she finished in 4:38.44 and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March in the process. Her mark is currently the second-best in the NCAA this season.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston.

The Crimson has competed in two events so far this season. In the Harvard Open, freshman Ashley Collinsworth qualified for the finals in the 60m dash with a time of 7.76, the sixth-fastest time in school history. She went on to place third overall. In the women's triple jump, junior Olivia Weeks eclipsed her personal best by .02 meters and captured the event title. Her winning mark of 40-1 1/2 stands as the third-best distance in program history. Junior Ashtynn Baltimore captured another event for Harvard, qualifying first in the 60m hurdles and taking the event in a time of 8.84, just in front of sophomore teammate Olivia Abbate, who placed second. In the second annual Harvard Challenge, the Crimson took first with 86 points while leading the Ivy League to a resounding 126-33 win over the Patriot League. Harvard finished 1-2 in both the 60m dash and the 200m dash and placed the top three runners in the 500m. Freshman Gabrielle Scott took first in both the 200m and the 500m with times of 25.70 and 1:14.61, respectively. Junior Mary Hirst recorded a first-place ECAC mark in the high jump by clearing 5-9 3/4, while Weeks (18-11 3/4) and Baltimore (18-8) each qualified for the ECACs in the long jump.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston and Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Penn State National Open at University Park, Pa.

Penn is ranked No. 11 in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional poll. The Quakers have competed in three events so far this season. They opened their season at the Bison Opener in Lewisburg, Pa., and saw senior Catherine Okoukoni win both the triple jump and the long jump. She was nearly two feet better than her nearest competitor in the triple jump, recording a leap of 38-4 3/4. Freshman Lydia Ali made headlines in the 60m dash with a 7.66, finishing second overall and recording the third-fastest time in program history. Penn then placed third out of 15 teams in the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory in New York with 105.5 points, trailing Connecticut (163) and Hampton (113). Seniors Victoria Strickland and Veronica Salcido finished 1-2 in the 1,000m and fellow classmate Renee McDougall reached the ECAC qualifying time in the 400m when she won her heat and placed second overall. The Quakers then finished in ninth-place out of 25 teams in the Great Dane Classic in New York, recording a score of 33.4 points. Junior Jillian Hart qualified for the ECAC Championships and moved into a tie for third-place in the school record book with a 11-9 3/4 mark in the pole vault to finish eighth overall.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Penn State National Open at University Park, Pa.

The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Regional poll. Princeton has competed in two events this season, both at home. In the New Year’s Invitational, two freshmen won their first collegiate events in their first meets as Tejumade Adewole was the champion in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.78 and Chukwunonso Okwelogu won the shot put throwing to 41-10 3/4. Senior Eileen Moran won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.65. Princeton received 195 points and placed first out of four teams in its Quad Meet, defeating St. John’s, Rutgers and Saint Joseph’s. Moran won titles in the 60m dash (7.71) and the 200m dash (25.18) and sophomore Imani Oliver broke a 12-year-old Princeton record in the triple jump with a leap of 40-9 3/4, besting the previous record of 40-9 set by Nicole Springer in 1990.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 28 at Saturday Night at the Armory II in New York.

The Bulldogs opened their season with a pair of home events, the Yale Season Opener and the Yale Invitational. Freshman Emily Cable placed second in the 200m dash with a time of 25.56, missing first-place by .01 seconds. Her mark is the fifth-best in Yale history. The Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the 3,000m race and took the top four spots in the 5,000m run. Sophomore Sarah Barry won the 3,000 with a time of 9:59.97 and junior Victoria Flannery took the 5,000 by crossing the line in 18:41.80. Yale took home four first-place finishes in its Invitational, as senior Lindsey Raymond (mile), senior Alexa Monti (60m), junior Annelies Gamble (800m) and sophomore Emily Urciuoli (pole vault) each recorded wins. The Bulldogs then placed third behind Darthmouth and Columbia in the Big Green’s Ivy League Tri-Meet, recording 41 points.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston.