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Impressive Times and Top Finishes Highlight Classic for Big Green

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - Sophomore Lauren Ready ran the seventh fastest time in program history in the 60m hurdles Saturday afternoon as the women's team hosted its annual Dartmouth Classic.

The event, held at Leverone Field House, was a non-scoring meet and featured teams from all over the northeast. It was the second home meet of the season for the Big Green programs after the Dartmouth Relays the second week of January.

Ready ran a 9.19 in the finals of the 60m hurdles to take first place in the event after posting a 9:30 in the preliminaries, also the fastest qualifying time.

Like Ready, freshman Jennifer Meech also ran the seventh-fastest time in her event on Saturday afternoon. Meech's 57.54 in the 400m led a Big Green trio in the race standings. Senior Alexandra Kurkul (59.45) and sophomore Hannah O'Flynn (59.62) claimed second and third, respectively, as the three comprised the fastest section of five to compete.

Junior Megan Krumpoch took home first in the 800m, running a 2:12.81 in the process to post yet another Dartmouth top-10 time in the event. Krumpoch claimed the top spot by almost two-and-a-half seconds over second-place teammate junior Lindsay Walsh in 2:14.47.

Freshman Toni Aguiar had a solid day, taking first in the 200m in 26.42 and second in the finals of the 60m with a 7.91. She ran a 7.97 in the prelims of the 60m, the fastest qualifying time of the afternoon.

In the final event of the afternoon for the women, the 4x400m relay team ran to a victory with relative ease, besting second-place Quinnipiac by more than eight seconds. The Big Green's quartet of Kurkul, Meech, O'Flynn and Krumpoch posted a 3:56.26, the best time of two sections of five teams.

The field events were also a success as senior Cara Vernacchia was first in both the long jump (17-1.25/5.21m) and triple jump (35-11.50/10.96m). Fellow fourth-year student-athlete Cathy Liebowitz was second in the weight throw (52-1.75/15.89m) and fifth in the shot put (39-5.0/12.01m).

Also competing in the shot put was senior Emmaline Berg, who won with a toss of 45-3.50/13.80m, as well as sophomore Corrine Romano in third with a measured throw of 41-2.25/12.55m.

Next weekend will see the majority of the team head to Boston for the Valentine Invitational at Boston University, a site Dartmouth should feel comfortable running in as it has been there twice before in 2012-13.