Harvard Takes Heptagonal Women’s Track and Field Title At Franklin Field

PHILADELPHIA, PA. 5/8/2015 –  The Harvard women’s track and field team won its second-straight Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Sunday at Penn’s Franklin Field.  It marks the first time in Crimson program history that it won consecutive outdoor titles and gives Harvard back-to-back in both indoor and outdoor.

Harvard finished with 157 points to hold off Princeton, which tallied 118. Columbia was third with 99 points, followed by Cornell (87), Penn (72), Brown (60.5), Dartmouth (57.5) and Yale (31).

Ivy LeagueThe University of Pennsylvania team finished with their best point total since 2012.  The Quakers improved their performance from last season where they posted 46.5 points.

Sophomore Noel Jancewicz completed her school-record performance in the heptathlon with 5,208 points. That eclipsed the mark of 5,152 that was held by Shani Boston since 2007. She won the high jump on the first day and the javelin on Sunday en route to the record and a second-place finish.

Additionally, Jancewicz finished second in the high jump with the third-best leap in school history. She cleared the bar at 1.73 meters (5-08 ft.).

The Penn 4 x 800 Relay team finished in third place in a time of 8:42.04, third fastest in school history.  Gabrielle Cuccia, Candace Taylor, Ashley Montgomery, and Carey Caleta were the four athletes on the squad.  Also scoring for Penn  were Cleo Whiting (5000 Meters), Caltea (800 Meters), Taylor McCorkle (100 Meters), Serena Graf (Discus), Jenny Thompson (Triple Jump), Taylor (400 Meters), Montgomery and Cuccia (1500 Meters).

Amy Darlington topped a 10-year-old school record in the women’s steeplechase. She finished eighth in 10:28.16, which was a little more than a second faster than the previous school standard set by Claire Hewitt.

Harvard sophomore Nikki Okwelogu was voted Most Outstanding Field Performer after winning both the discus and shot put, and doing so in record fashion. She set a meet record in the discus (176-5), which matches the second-best mark in Ivy League history, and then broke the all-time mark in the shot put (56-10).

Cornell senior Udeme Akpaete was the unanimous selection for Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 200 Meters and 400 Meters and then running with the Big Red’s winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 Meter relay teams. Akpaete is the first Ivy to win both the 200 and 400 Meters in the same year since Columbia’s Sharay Hale in 2011.

Team Standings
1. Harvard, 157
2. Princeton, 118
3. Columbia, 99
4. Cornell, 87
5. Penn, 72
6. Brown, 60.5
7. Dartmouth, 57.5
8. Yale, 31


Written By: Glenn Papazian

Contact: Glenn@PhillyCollegeSports.com


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