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Women's Track & Field Dominates UVM's Catamount Open

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By Doug Austin
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BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Dartmouth women’s track & field team was on hand at the Livak Outdoor Track & field Complex Saturday as part of the Catamount Open hosted by the University of Vermont.

The Big Green finished first of four teams at the meet with 96 points, 36 better than the second-place Catamounts. Williams was third (37) and Plattsburgh State claimed fourth (9).

Freshman Elizabeth Markowitz took home the top spot in the 1500m with a 4:40.21 to earn the five points for her team. Senior Caroline Buck was second in the event, earning three points as she crossed in 4:46.88. Both times are new track records, eclipsing the old mark of 4:53.46 set last spring.

The top three spots in the 100m hurdles were all filled by Dartmouth runners with Erica Hendershot leading the way in 15.42. Lauren Ready (15.72) and Olivia Durr (15.65) finished second and third, respectively.

Big Green runners taking the top three spots was also the case in the 100m with Sara Kikut taking first in 12.51. Toni Aguiar (12.62) and Anna Kikut (12.75) rounded out the top three in the event.

Sara Kikut also claimed first in the 200m and led an incredibly strong Dartmouth showing in the event as four teammates immediately followed her track record 25.99. Her sister Anna was second (26.02) with Jennifer Meech (26.04) Mollie Gribbin (26.07) and Aguiar (26.46) rounding out an incredibly close field.

Megan Krumpoch took home the top spot in the 400m hurdles, leading the way in a track record 1:00.86. Ready was second in 1:09.19.

The pole vault saw Karla Verkouw set a new facility record as she cleared 3.49m to win the event. Stephanie Brown was third with a 3.04m.

Kaitlin Whitehorn dominated the field in the high jump, clearing 1.76m to set another facility record. No other competitor on this day posted a height better than 1.60m, two increments fewer than Whitehorn’s new standard.

Gribbin won the long jump with a mark of 5.26m, a half-meter better than the second-place finisher. She also took the top spot in the triple jump with a distance of 10.97m, while Molly Shapiro was second in 10.59m.

The 4x100m and 4x400 relay teams also captured first-place showings on this day with the shorter distance group setting a new track record of 48.67.

The team will be back in action next week as it travels to Brown on Saturday, April 13.