The 2019 Centennial Conference indoor track and field championships begin Saturday at Franklin & Marshall College and look to be a coronation for Johns Hopkins once again. The Blue Jays, ranked fifth nationally, have won eight straight Conference titles and figure to hoist the team trophy again on Sunday afternoon.
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Shot Put (CC record: 13.62m/44-8 3/4 / Meet: 44-8 1/4)
Swarthmore junior Clay Conley (13.04) is the prohibitive favorite as she is the only thrower to surpass 12m this season. Johns Hopkins freshman Kelsey Neff (11.61), Swarthmore junior Naomi Bronkema (10.98) and Franklin & Marshall senior Lindsey Powers (10.90) are also medal contenders.
Weight Throw (CC: 16.91m/55-5 3/4)
Conley (15.66) is also the favorite in this event with Ursinus' Sophia Simoes (13.03) as her top competition. Bear teammate Mikaela Bordonaro (12.53) and Bronkema (12.43) will also contend for spots on the podium.
High Jump (CC: 1.69m/5-6 1/2 / Meet: 5-6)
Johns Hopkins senior Maya Hammonds (1.60m) has the season's best jump, while five others - Hopkins' Faith Brown and Annie Gutierrez, Ursinus' Gianna Speranza, Muhlenberg's Alana Noehrenberg and Bronkema - have cleared 1.50.
Pole Vault (CC: 3.85m/12-7 1/2 / Meet: 12-5 1/2)
Hopkins looks to go 1-2 in this event led by Gutierrez (3.51) and 2017 champ Sophia Cortazzo (3.35). Ursinus' Morgan Cope (3.20) and Bryn Mawr's Julie Gonzales (3.04) will also contend.
Long Jump (CC: 5.80m/19-10 1/2 / Meet: 18-1 3/4)
Hammonds (5.80) is the defending champion and has the third-best leap in DIII this season. Muhlenberg's Emily Mitchell (5.26) and Corrin Ferrizzi (5.19) could both garner medals.
Triple Jump (CC/Meet: 11.79m/38-8 1/4)
Ferrizzi (11.43) is the favorite but will have to hold off JHU's Veronica Montane (10.95). Haverford's Jessica Lopez (10.59), Ursinus' Caroline Buckley (10.46) and Hopkins' Cherease Lamm (10.45) will also contend.
60 (CC: 7.69 / Meet: 7.87)
Lopez (7.96) has the season's top time but will be challenged by 2017 champion Naji Thompson (8.04) of Dickinson and 2018 titlist Jennica Terry (8.23) of Bryn Mawr. Ursinus' Kate Hunt (8.18) and Hopkins' Chinaza Nwankpa (8.25) will also contend.
60 Hurdles (CC: 8.78 / Meet: 8.83)
Hammonds (9.22) and defending champion Terry (9.29) are the ones to watch with Gutierrez (9.52) and Franklin & Marshall's Rachel Wylie (9.75) looking to spoil.
200 (CC/Meet: 25.51)
Hammonds has the season's top time (26.35) and will have to hold off challenges from defending champion Kayla Camacho (26.81) of Swarthmore and Nwankpa (26.85). Hunt (27.01) also looks to get on the medal stand.
400 (CC: 57.05 / Meet: 58.25)
This could be one of the closest events of the meet. Hopkins' Alexandra Damron (1:00.00) and Ashley Tyburski (1:00.66) have the top seed times, but Ursinus' Michela Coleman (1:01.22), F&M's Kaitlin Muccio (1:01.48) and JHU's Hailey Sheppell (1:01.59) are right on their heels.
800 (CC: 2:08.94 / Meet: 2:14.86)
Defending champ Erin Brush (2:16.66) of Johns Hopkins returns to headline the field. Teammate Arielle Summitt (2:17.77), Ursinus' Brittany Glasser (2:18.78) and Dickinson's Allyson Yanega (2:19.01) will also contend.
Mile (CC: 4:49.45 / Meet: 4:55.28)
Hopkins' Therese Olshanski (5:01.06) is the prohibitive favorite with a seed time 9.5 seconds ahead of the field. Teammate Ariel Keklak (5:10.66), Dickinson's Isabel Cardi (5:10.73) and Haverford's Sophie Drew (5:11.90) look to contend for medals.
3000 (CC: 9:23.34 / Meet: 9:50.50)
Johns Hopkins' Caelyn Reilly (9:42.67) is the clear favorite with the third-best time in DIII this season. Dickinson's Sarah House (10:09.96) and defending champ Tasha Freed (10:13.18) of Johns Hopkins will push for the gold along with JHU's Emily Stahl (10:09.26) and Sam Levy (10:10.46).
5000 (CC: 16:41.95 / Meet: 17:06.85)
Reilly (16:53.45) is the favorite in this event as well, as the lone runner to break 17 minutes this season and the fifth-best time in DIII. Teammates Ellie Clawson (17:26.95) and Levy (17:29.91) will contend for medals as will House (17:36.94).