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Dunchack Wins Heps Pentathlon For Third Straight Year

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By Doug Austin

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the third straight year, Dartmouth's Janae Dunchack has proven herself to be the best in the Ivy League in the women's pentathlon. The junior claimed her third individual Heps title in the event in as many tries with another championship performance Saturday at Harvard.

Dunchack finished no lower than third in any of the five events en route to setting a new Dartmouth record for points in the pentathlon as the junior posted 3,940.

The Crimson's Gordon Track hosted the 2013 Ivy League Championship meet for the first time since 2009 and after one day of competition the Big Green women have 22 points to sit fourth in the standings.

Cornell leads the way with 35 team points.

Junior Abbey D'Agostino avenged her second-place finish in the 5000m by just one-hundredth of a second last year by winning the 2013 title in the event in record time. Her 15:47.02 set a new Heps record in the 5K, while also soundly defeating the competition as Rachel Sorna of Cornell finished second in a distant 15:56.63.

In addition to the 10 points earned by D'Agostino, freshman Mollie Gribbin picked up two with a fifth-place showing the in the long jump with a measured distance of 18-5.75/5.63m. Gribbin also will move on to Sunday's final in the 60m after running a program record 7.70 in Saturday's preliminaries.

Gribbin set the old mark of 7.76 in the finals of the Dartmouth Relays back in mid-January.

Also moving on to a finals heat on Sunday will be freshman Jennifer Meech in the 400m. Meech qualified for a spot in the ECACs with a 56.47 in her prelim heat Saturday, the sixth-fastest time of the day. She will also run in the 200m finals after a 25.12 was the fifth-best time of the six preliminarily heats.

Sunday's events get started at 11 a.m. for the women with the triple jump.