Women's Track and Field Preps for Indoor Heptagonal Championships

The women’s track and field team is gearing up for the 2005 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at Gordon Indoor Track in Cambridge, Mass.

In the sprints, ECAC qualifiers Izu Emeagwali and Jesse Carlin will lead the way for the Red and Blue. Emeagwali, a senior from Rockaway, N.Y., qualified for ECACs in the 60m with a time of 7.73 seconds and the 200m with a time of 25.07 at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational on Feb. 12. The times were the third-fastest in the Ancient Eight and earned her ECAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Carlin, a rookie from Staten Island, N.Y., boasts the fastest 500m time (1.13.68) in the Ivy League and in the Penn record books. It was also good enough to qualify for ECACs. She turned in another qualifying performance in the 400m with a time of 56.99, the fourth-fastest in the League.

Senior Sam Crook, who broke her own record in the pole vault this season, is seeking her first Heps title. The Randolph, N.J. native was the runner-up to Yale’s Molly Lederman at last season’s championships.

Sophomore Jeannette Curtis, the runner-up in the 60m high hurdles last year, also qualified for the ECACs in a time of 8.95 seconds.

Other ECAC qualifiers include junior Dana McCurdy in the 500m (1:14.56) and Christina Morrison in the 800m (2:11.86) and the 1,000m (2:55.71).

For a complete schedule of events and to follow results online, visit www.ivyleaguesports.com or click here.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant