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Dunchack Wins 4th Pentathlon Title on First Day of Heps

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By Doug Austin
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HANOVER, N.H. – After one day of competition, the Dartmouth women’s track & field team sits in first place with 35 points at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championship. The meet is taking place in the familiar confines of the Big Green’s home facility, Leverone Field House

For just the second time in league history, one student-athlete dominated the pentathlon for the entirety of her career. Senior Janae Dunchack won the event for the fourth straight year on Saturday, joining Brown’s Lindsay Taylor (1998-01) as the only woman to accomplish the career sweep.

The Northern Umbria, Pa., native recorded 3,895 points across the five events for the fourth-highest point total in meet history. That figure was thanks to a win in the 60m hurdles (8.79) and second-place showings in the high jump (5-7.0/1.70m) and shot put (37-5.0/11.40m).

It wasn’t just the pentathlon where Dunchack contributed to Dartmouth’s title hopes. She also claimed second in the long jump with a distance of 18-9.75/5.73m, taking home another eight points in the process.

Abbey D'Agostino defended her title in the 5000m, winning her second straight Ivy championship in the event Saturday afternoon. The senior and defending national champion at that distance ran a 16:08.70 to claim not only the crown, but also the 10 points for her team in the process.

D’Agostino will also have a shot at taking her third straight title in the mile as well after victories in 2012 and 2013. She qualified second on Saturday, running a 4:49.48 to win her preliminary heat.

Kaitlin Whitehorn won her prelim in the 60m, automatically qualifying for Sunday’s final. Her 7.47 on Saturday was the second-best time and tied the previous meet record set in 2009 by Cornell’s Jeomi Maduka. Harvard’s Danielle Barbian posted a 7.45 to take the top spot in qualifying with the new Heps standard.

Jennifer Meech will run in the final of the 400m after posting a 56.38 in the fourth heat. The sophomore also advanced in the 200m, winning her section and qualifying second overall in 25.01.

Senior Megan Krumpoch will also have a chance at adding points to the Big Green’s total on Sunday in the 800m. Krumpoch posted the fastest qualifying time in Saturday’s prelims, running a 2:10.04.

On her second throw of the day in the shot put, senior Emmaline Berg posted the fourth-best mark with a 46-10.25/14.28m, earning four more points for the Green and White’s total.

Stephanie Brown also claimed fourth in her respective event on Saturday. In the pole vault, Brown and Columbia’s Grace Shadid tied with heights of 11-9.75/3.60, helping earn three points each for their two teams.

Sunday’s events for the women are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the high jump. Fans can follow all the action live in HD on the Ivy League Digital Network beginning at noon.