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Big Green Women Set Up For Sunday Push After Day One of 2013 Heps

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By Tim O'Dowd
PRINCETON, N.J. – The first day of competition at Weaver Stadium and the 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship on Saturday saw several strong performances by members of Dartmouth’s women’s team.

Through the first day, Cornell leads the field with 44 team points. The Big Green currently sit seventh in the standings with nine points. Each event on Sunday will feature at least one Dartmouth competitor as they look to build on the point total on the final day of the weekend.

Junior Janae Dunchack broke her own school record in the 100m hurdles as she ran a wind-legal 14.49 as part of the heptathlon. After one day of competition, Dunchack holds the top spot in the standings with 3,258 points with four top-three finishes.

In the 100m, freshman Mollie Gribbin will be moving on to Sunday’s finals with a seventh-place finish in Saturday’s preliminary heat, running a 12.17. Gribbin’s best performance of the day may have been in taking fourth in the long jump to earn four points with a measured distance of 19-2.0/5.84m. That mark set a new Dartmouth standard as it was an inch better than the previous program record set six years ago.

Junior Megan Krumpoch ran a personal-best 58.86 to win her heat and move on to Sunday’s final as the top qualifier in the 400m hurdles.

Looking to defend her title from a season ago, junior Abbey D’Agostino was also the top qualifier in the 1500m as she ran a 4:24.74 to win her preliminary heat. Freshman Dana Giordano and senior Arianna Vailas will also be moving on as they qualified fifth (4:26.74) and seventh (4:27.55), respectively, in the prelims.

Sophomore Cathy Liebowitz claimed fourth in the hammer throw with a measured toss of 172-1.0/52.45m, earning one point for her team. Senior Karla Verkouw also picked up points for the Green and White with a sixth-place showing in the pole vault as she cleared 11-10.50/3.62m.

Freshman Jennifer Meech will move on to the finals of both the 400m and 200m after setting personal bests in each event on Saturday. Meech ran a 24.34 in the 200m, finishing second in her heat and fourth overall, while claiming eighth overall in the 400m in 55.99.

Lauren Ready and Caroline Buck will also run in the finals of their respective events on Sunday. Ready was eighth in the 100m hurdles, crossing in 14.56, while Buck was fifth in the 800m as she ran a 2:09.94.

The meet wraps up Sunday with the finals for all remaining events. Women’s events get started at 11 a.m.