HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth women’s track & field team is in third place after the first day of competition at the 2018 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championship.
Hosts of the meet at Leverone Field House, the Big Green have 28 points through Saturday’s events with a majority of the scoring to be determined Sunday during the finals.
Penn (32) and Harvard (29) are the only two teams ahead of the Green and White.
• A year after becoming the first Dartmouth woman to ever win the indoor long jump title, sophomore Cha'Mia Rothwell now owns the distinction as the program’s first ever repeat champion in the event. Rothwell’s 6.27m/20-7.0 jump was a Dartmouth record — breaking her own previous mark of 6.20m — and bested the field by more than a foot. It was also a tenth of a meter better than her title-winning jump of a season ago.
• Rothwell was not done breaking her own records, either. Running out of lane 8 in the preliminaries of the 60m Hurdles, the sophomore posted a 8.28, beating out her Ivy League record of 8.30 set in the final of last year’s championship at Harvard. Given her new conference standard, she is the top qualifier going into Sunday’s final as the next-best time was clocked at 8.53.
• Rothwell will also head to the final of the 200m after a 24.23 in her preliminary race was good for second in a field of 16. Her time was the fourth-best mark in school history. Junior Nicole Deblasio will also be heading to Sunday’s 200m final after a seventh-place finish in 24.68 earned one of the two at-large spots.
• Sophomore Julia Valenti became the first Dartmouth woman to win the pole vault since the event’s first year in 2000 when Elizabeth Beck was the top performer. Valenti cleared 4.05m/13-3.50 on her third attempt, securing the title on the previous height (3.95m) as the only student-athlete to clear it. In addition to Valenti’s 10 points, freshman Brooke Brunet added another four points toward the team standings as her 3.85m/12-7.50 was good for fourth.
• Maria Garman picked up four points in the heptathlon as she finished fourth with 3504 points. Garman won the 800m in 2:19.35 and was second in the high jump with a 1.70 clearance to her credit.
• In the 800m, the Green and White will send two through to Sunday’s final as Abby Livingston and Annalisa Crowe claimed the final two qualifying spots in seventh and eighth. Livingston ran a 2:10.52 with Crowe one spot behind her in 2:11.48.
• A second-place finish from Georgia Fear was the highlight of the 1000m as the second-year runner ran a 2:50.80. Joining Fear in the final on Sunday will be senior Bridget Flynn, who ran a 2:51.97.
• Lily Lockhart just missed out of the scoring in the shot put, finishing seventh. Her first throw proved to be her best of the day, measuring 13.39m.
• Claire Dougherty narrowly missed qualifying in the 500m, taking ninth place in 1:16.19, just off the final qualification by 21 hundredths of a second.
Sunday’s portion of the meet will be shown live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices, as well as ESPN3.