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Women Take Fourth At Heps With Record-Setting Performances

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By Doug Austin
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PHILADELPHIA - The Dartmouth women's track & field tam ran to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships held at Penn's Franklin Field. The weekend in the City of Brotherly Love wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the Big Green scoring 89 points, 19 more than last year's total.

Cornell won the meet with 158 points with Princeton taking second  with 134. Brown was the other team ahead of the Big Green in the standings, taking third with 94 team points.

The weekend was highlighted by the stellar races of sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.), who earned the Female of the Meet award. The second-year runner and three-time All-American won the 3,000 and 1,500 meters, setting new meet records for both in the process.

Senior Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) took home first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning First Team All-Ivy in the process.

In the 3K, D'Agostino beat Pappas to take first place in a Heps record 9:24.64 and earn ten points. Pappas' time of 9:25.63 also broke the old meet record of 9:27.15 set in 2004 to score eight points for the Big Green.

The old meet record in the 1,500 meters also succumbed to D'Agostino on this day as she ran a 4:17.90 to take the top spot. The old record didn't even last 24 hours as the Dartmouth sophomore set the previous standard of 4:19.93 in Saturday's qualifying heat.

Arianna Vailas (Manchester, N.H.) claimed fourth in the 1,500 in 4:24.13.

Like D'Agostino, Pappas also shattered the old Heps record en route to a title, doing so in the steeplechase. Pappas' 9:58.80 not only won on Sunday by more than 14 seconds, but also eclipsed the old meet standard in the event by just under 13 seconds.

For the second year in a row, the Big Green claimed the heptathlon championship as sophomore Janae Dunchack (Northern Cambria, Pa.) won the title with 4,924 points to narrowly edge out Harvard's Mary Hirst in second with 4,910. Dunchack now holds both the indoor and outdoor Heps titles in this event after claiming the first at Cornell in February.

The title also earned the sophomore All-Ivy First team honors. Senior Priscilla Trojano (West Bridgewater, Mass.) earned six team points to go along with Dunchack's 10 as she finished third in the standings with 4,683 points.

The four runners to comprise Dartmouth's 4x800-meter relay team claimed second and set a new school record in the process. Meggie Donovan (Auburn, N.H.), Vailas, D'Agostino and Christina Supino (Windham, N.H.) combined to run a 8:39.12, breaking the old mark by more than five seconds.

Sophomore Megan Krumpoch (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, while Supino picked up a point in the 800 meters as well. Katelyn Walker (Shaker Heights, Ohio) also claimed sixth in the 5K to start the day on the track for the Big Green.

"What I saw today was 35 young ladies really giving it everything they had for the team," head coach Sandy Ford-Centonze said. "We are pleased with fourth, but obviously we would have liked to have been third like any other competitors would. But when you look at everything we did in terms of records, points and advancing to finals, not just on the track, but also in throws and jumps, I thought we did everything we could to be successful this weekend."

The Big Green throwers also rose to the occasion with junior Emmaline Berg (Holliston, Mass.) taking fourth in the discus (147-11/45.08m) and third in the shot put (44-5.25/13.54m). Christina Alexander (Austin, Texas) was just back of Berg in the shot, taking fourth (44-2.50/13.47m).

Dartmouth will send several individuals to ECACs next weekend at Princeton.