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Women Return to Granite State to Compete at UNH

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By Doug Austin
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DURHAM, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's track & field team shifted its focus from the Penn Relays to the Wildcat Invitational hosted by New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Megan Krumpoch (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was at Penn earlier in the week and still came back to take the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday at UNH. The Big Green sophomore edged Vermont's Tess Cioffredi to take first by less than half a second as she finished in 1:04.45.

Senior Laura Hempel (Tallahassee, Fla.) also won on Saturday, doing so in the 5,000 meters. Hempel cruised to an easy win in 18:12.20, more than 23 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from UMass.

Junior Emmaline Berg (Holliston, Mass.) was another one of the Big Green women to go from Philadelphia to Durham and not skip a beat. Berg won the discus Saturday at New Hampshire with a 134-5/40.98m on her second attempt of the afternoon.

Berg also claimed third in the shot put (41-7.75/12.69m) to lead the Dartmouth contingent of three throwers.

Sophomore Katelyn Walker (Shaker heights, Ohio) claimed second in the 1500 meters, finishing in 4:40.56, just back of Vermont's first place Kirsten Weberg in 4:39.61.

Naomi Stahl (East Brunswick, N.J.) was third in the 400 meters, the only non-Catamount in the top five as she crossed in 59.47.

Like Stahl, Kaitlyn D'Orazio (York, Maine) was third in her event as well, running a 2:18.15 in the 800 meters, while Caroline Buck (Winter Park, Fla.) and Walker took sixth and seventh, respectively.

In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Lauren Ready (Lincoln, Mass.) won her heat in 15.11 (+4.8), good for fifth place overall.

Dartmouth will return to Penn's Franklin Field as the stadium will host the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next Saturday and Sunday.