TAMPA, Fla. – The second day of the 2018 NCAA East Regional began early Friday morning for the Dartmouth women’s outdoor track & field team.
Sophomore Julia Valenti started her regional at South Florida’s USF Track & Field Stadium at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in the pole vault. Unfortunately, the early bird did not get the worm on this day as Valenti finished tied for 32nd and did not earn one of the 12 qualifying spots moving on to Oregon and the NCAA Championship next month.
Valenti cleared 3.78m on her first attempt, but stalled out on the next height, failing to clear 3.93m on three tries.
The mid-day saw sophomore Cha'Mia Rothwell run in the first round of the 100m hurdles. Rothwell – the Ivy League champion in the event – didn’t have her best day after a long night competing in the long jump, running a 13.65 to finish 28th overall.
Rothwell didn’t finish her attempts on the long jump until nearly midnight on Thursday thanks to a weather delay. That, coupled with the start time of Friday’s hurdles race moving up, made the turnaround an incredibly difficult ask of the Dartmouth sprinter.
In the final event of the night, sophomores Lauren Sapone (10:16.01) and Julia Stevenson (11:02.25) ran in the 3000m steeplechase, but neither managed to post a time fast enough to secure a spot in the national championship race in Oregon in two weeks.