LANCASTER, Pa. - If seven is heaven, then eight must be great. Johns Hopkins has won seven consecutive Centennial women's indoor track and field championships and is the prohibitive favorite to extend that streak to eight.
Dickinson gave the Blue Jays all they could handle a year ago, finishing second by just 18 points. Haverford has placed second or third in each of the last three seasons and will also push Hop for the crown.
Here is an event-by-event preview:
60 Dash: This could be one of the best events of the championship. Bryn Mawr first-year Jennica Terry and Swarthmore junior Kayla Camacho have the best times of the season at 8.15 and 8.16, respectively. Hopkins junior Maya Hammonds (8.20) and Haverford freshman Jessica Lopez (8.21) are right on their heels, while JHU rookie Marisa Sailus (8.23) cannot be counted out.
60 Hurdles: Terry is the favorite in this event after establishing the season's best time of 9.21 last weekend. Hammonds (9.30) and McDaniel junior Yusrah Adebayo (9.34) will contend for gold as well.
200: Hammonds is the lone runner to break 27 seconds (26.55) and is the favorite. JHU freshman Alexandra Damron (27.14) and Dickinson soph Natalie Suess (27.19) will push Hammonds.
400: The fourth section of this times final will be fascinating to watch. Damron has the best time of the season (1:00.36) with classmate Marisa Sailus coming in second (1:00.91). Defending champ Suess (1:01.14), Ursinus junior Catherine Buczek (1:01.44) and Franklin & Marshall senior Kaitlin Muccio (1:01.83) will also battle to the wire.
800: Keep an eye on these two - Swarthmore soph Lilly Price (2:25.86) and Dickinson senior Caitlin Farrell (2:26.76). Gettysburg soph Hailey Moseman (2:30.15) and Muhlenberg soph Victoria Cabellos (2:30.73) will also challenge for a medal.
Mile: Haverford senior Amelia Keyser-Gibson has the top time of the season at 5:03.59, but Hopkins junior Gina D'Addario (5:04.18) and Gettysburg junior Sarah Rinehart (5:08.46) are right on her heels. Hopkins soph Caelyn Reilly (5:09.30) and defending champ Katie Sullivan of Haverford (5:10.46) will challenge as well.
3000: Look for a Johns Hopkins sweep in the 3K. Freshman Therese Olshanski (9:57.14) and junior Felicia Koerner (9:59.66), the defending champ, both broke the 10-minute barrier this season. Junior Ellie Clawson (10:01.21) just missed the mark, while sophomores Rebecca Grusby (10:07.08), Sam Levy (10:07.16) and Lauren Jacob (10:07.88) will also contend for the medal stand.
5000: The longest race of the meet figures to come down to Hopkins junior Natalia LaSpada (17:09.90), Dickinson senior Sofia Canning (17:17.67) and Haverford seniors Nicole Giannetti (17:25.94) and Keyser-Gibson (17:32.27), the 2016 champion. LaSpada has the ninth-fastest time in Division III this season.
Triple Jump: Defending champion Alyssa Ward of Franklin & Marshall has the year's best performance at 10.86 meters. Ursinus junior Caroline Buckley (10.33), Johns Hopkins freshman Veronica Montane (10.16) and Lopez (10.10) will also contend for a medal.
Pole Vault: Four athletes have cleared 3.00 meters this season - all from Johns Hopkins. Soph Sophia Cortazzo has the best vault at 3.45, while senior Helen Girod is next at 3.35. Freshman Annie Gutierrez (3.20) and junior Cat Wain (3.20) will also factor in the medal chase.
Shot Put: Swarthmore soph Claire Conley has the season's top performance (12.87), while 2016 champ Claire Sargent of Haverford is close behind (12.62). Gettysburg senior Mikaela Collins (12.57) also looks to get on the medal stand.
High Jump: Ward is the favorite in this event after clearing 1.60m this winter. Hammonds (1.55) is also a threat for the gold, while teammate Faith Brown (1.52), Muhlenberg soph Alison Stauffer (1.50) and Ursinus first-year Kateryna Swan (1.50) could also factor.
Long Jump: It looks to be a three-person chase for the gold between Hammonds (5.76), teammate Jenn Su (5.32) and Ward (5.26). Hammonds has the fourth-best leap in Division III this winter. Gettysburg soph Abigail Rec (5.14) could sneak in for a medal.
Pentathlon: Hammonds is the prohibitive favorite after registering 3264 points in a meet two weeks ago. Teammates Wain (2648) and Su (2608) will battle for the silver.