HANOVER, N.H. - Last year at Cornell's Barton Hall, the Dartmouth women's indoor track & field team took home third place at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The placement in the standings was the best for the Big Green women since 1996.
Now, a year later, the program hopes it can continue its upward trend as the 2013 Heps meet gets underway Saturday morning in Cambridge.
Harvard's Albert H. Gordon Track will host the league's annual championship for the first time since 2009. That year the Big Green tied Columbia for sixth place with 41 team points, a figure it bested by 32 a winter ago in Ithaca.
The team will look to knock-off the defending champion Lions after Columbia became the first team other than Princeton and Cornell to win a Heps crown since Brown in 2001. In the 32-year history of the women's indoor Heps Championship, the Big Green have never won the top team prize, something they hope to erase this weekend.
Junior Janae Dunchack will look to make it 3-for-3 in the pentathlon after claiming the individual crown in each of her first two seasons. Last season, her 3,733-point performance in the event was the third-best ever by a Dartmouth woman.
Joining Dunchack as a student-athlete the Big Green will look to for points will again be junior Abbey D'Agostino. The defending champ in the mile and runner-up in the 5000m, she will play a vital role in the success of the team this weekend at Harvard.
Emmaline Berg is the other returning All-Ivy athlete from 2012 as she claimed second in the shot put as a junior. Now a senior, this is Berg's last indoor go-around and has been posting solid performances throughout the winter leading up to this meet.
Getting underway Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the two-day event will continue through to Sunday with the 4x400-meter relay set to wrap up the women's meet at 3:30 p.m.