May 11, 2008

Women's Track & Field Takes Third at Heptagonal Championships

May 11, 2008

Providence, RI - For the fourth year in a row, the women's track team finished third at the outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, held at Yale this weekend. The team's 89 points edged out Harvard by a point, but was not close enough to catch second place Princeton (141) or six-time champion Cornell (165).

The Bears clinched two individual titles and two Regional qualifying performances. Junior Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) squeaked out a title in the 400-meter race and freshman Natasha Smith (Gloucester, MA) won the heptathlon. Sophomore Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) added shot put to her list of qualifying events, along with discus, for the upcoming NCAA Regionals on May 30 with a second place mark of 47-10.50. She also took second in the discus with a throw of 163-08, posting a school record. The 47-09.25 throw from freshman Brynn Smith (Sace, ME) in the shot put was the other Regional-qualifying mark for Brown.

Smith beat out Harvard's Shannon Flahive 4992 to 4741 points to earn her second Heps title for the year after winning the indoor pentathlon in March. She won the high jump and shot put events within the heptathlon group, and her 127-03-foot throw was good for seventh overall for the meet in the javelin throw. Her 5-04.50 jump tied her for third overall in the high jump.

Burns ran a 53.90 in the 400 to overtake Columbia's Erika Moss (54.72), winning the event outright for the year after winning the indoor 400 earlier this semester. In the 200, Burns almost won with her 24.63 time, taking second to the meet's most valuable athlete, Cornell's Jeomi Maduka, who finished first with 24.47. Senior Akilah King (Medford, MA) came in fourth right behind them at 24.87.

Burns also anchored the 4x400 team of freshman Sam Adelberg (Washington, DC), sophomore Jasmine Chukwueke (San Diego, CA) and freshman Lucy Higgins (Jeffersonville, VT) that took fourth with a time of 3:50.30. Adelberg's personal best of 2:08.98 was good for third in the 800, as she qualified for regionals. Her time ranks sixth in school history.

In the 100, King grabbed another fourth place finish with an 11.94 sprint. She also took second in the triple jump, to Maduka once again, with a jump of 40-00.75. King grabbed more valuable points for Bruno with her 18-11.75 finish in the long jump, good for fifth. Other notable finishes came from senior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) in the 3000-meter run where she finished fourth in a time of 9:46.49.

The 4x800 relay team of freshmen Michaeline Nelson (McLean, VA), Shannon Stacey (Galesburg, IL), Kesley Ramsey (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and sophomore Laura Armstrong (Louisville, KY) took fourth, finishing in 9:04. Ramsey also finished sixth in the 1500 at 4:29.61, while Gupta secured eighth place with a time of 4:31.88. Junior Lindsay Kahn (Port Jefferson, NY) took sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11:00.34.

Finishing on the field, junior Molly Hawksley (Rumford, RI) captured fifth place in the hammer throw (162-00), and senior Tiffany Chang (Lafayette, CA) earned sixth in the pole vault (11-07.75).

The Bears have one last chance to put up qualifying marks for Regionals at the ECAC Championships at Princeton this weekend.