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Women Win 4th Straight Dartmouth Relays Title

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By Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – Six individual wins were the difference on Sunday as the women’s indoor track & field team claimed the 2014 Dartmouth Relays, winning the meet for the fourth straight year and the eighth time since 2003.

The Big Green posted 140.5 points to take the crown, besting second-place Harvard’s total of 123. UMass-Lowell (47), Williams (44) and Southern Connecticut (29) rounded out the top-five in a field of 14 teams competing in the final day of competition at the annual event presented by New Balance.

Senior Janae Dunchack won the long jump with a measured distance of 18-1.75/5.53m, while also claiming sixth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.99.

The Dartmouth distance runners made their mark on this day as well with Meggie Donovan taking the top collegiate spot in the mile, crossing in 4:58.70, while teammates Sarah Delozier (5:04.21), Abby Markowitz (5:11.02) and Helen Schlachtenhaufen (5:13.14) were fourth, fifth and sixth overall, respectively, in the event.

Bridget End dominated the 3000m, crossing the line in 9:58.83 to win the race by an impressive 18 seconds.

Not to be outdone, Big Green middle distance runners also made their presence felt on Sunday as Megan Krumpoch and Jennifer Meech won their respective events. Krumpoch took the win in the 800m, running a 2:12.30, with Arianna Vailas claiming third in 2:22.88. Meech was the top runner in the 400m, narrowly edging out Middlebury’s Alexandra Morris to earn the 10 points. Her 58.65 was just 44-hundredths of a second faster than Morris.

The triple jump saw Molly Shapiro claim the win and the 10 points for the Big Green with a narrow victory. Shapiro’s first jump of the day was measured at 37-3.25/11.36m and stood up as the winning mark in a field of 16 competitors.

Sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn was bested in the high jump by Laura Strom of Middlebury, claiming second and eight points for her team. Each finished with a height of 5-8.50/1.74m, but Strom cleared in two chances, one better than Whitehorn to earn the extra two points.

The Big Green will host their second of four home meets this season next weekend, welcoming Yale and Columbia to Leverone on Saturday, Jan. 18. The meet is set to get underway at noon.