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Men's Indoor Track and Field Update 1

Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy indoor track and field teams have tasted success in the early stages of the 2011-12 campaign. Princeton is No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic poll and Cornell is ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region. Dartmouth has three first-place finishes so far this season and is ranked No. 12 in the Northeast Region, one spot behind Columbia.

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:

Brown
The Bears combined to win eight titles in the Alden Invitational and URI’s Sorlien Invitational, both of which took place in Providence, R.I. Brown opened its season with the Alden Invitational and saw a pair of freshmen win titles, as Peter Rhodes won the long jump with a distance of 22-1 3/4 and Matthew Miller won the shot put with a distance of 46-11 1/3. In the Sorlien Invitational, sophomore John Spooney captured the 60m dash title in 6.85 seconds and junior Nathan Elder won the 800m race with a time of 1:57.74. In their latest action, the Bears competed in the Harvard Challenge, in which senior Dan Lowry earned the mile run title with a time of 4:11.98, while junior Kevin Cooper took the 3,000m by crossing the line in 8:36.05.

Next event: Friday, Jan. 27 at the New Balance Games in Boston.

Columbia
The Lions are ranked No. 11 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional poll. Columbia placed fifth out of six teams in the West Point Invitational to open its season, finishing ahead of Williams. The Lions finished 1-2-3 in the 1000m, led by freshman Daniel Everett, who won with a time of 2:28.93. Everett also was a member of the 4x800m relay winning team, helping Columbia take the title with a time of 7:51.24. Freshman Connor Claflin won the 500m run with a time of 1:05.00 and sophomore Denzel Woode won the 800m run, clocking in at 1:57.67. In an Ivy League tri-meet at Dartmouth, Columbia placed second behind the host team and ahead of Yale. Senior Jason Marks gave the Lions their lone field title when he cleared 15-3 in the finals of the pole vault. Sophomore Cody Love won the 400m run with a time of 50.33 seconds, junior Liam Tansey won the 800m run with a time of 1:56.25 and the Lions went 1-2-3 in both the 1,000m and the 3,000m events.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 28 at Saturday at the Armory II in New York.

Cornell
The Big Red is ranked No. 2 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional poll. In its first competition of the season, sophomore Montez Blair set an early NCAA mark in the high jump, setting school and Barton Hall records in clearing a remarkable 7-3 1/2 in the Cornell Relays. That mark is currently tied for sixth-best in the NCAA this season. The squad then claimed eight titles at the Southern Tier Collegiate Open, as freshman Stephen Mozia reached No. 2 all-time in Cornell's storied throwing history with a distance of 59 1/4. Mozia now sits only behind legendary Dave Doupe in the school and freshman record books. Also bettering the IC4A standard was senior co-captain Bob Belden, who threw 55-7 after earlier winning the weight throw at 52-4 3/4. On the track, senior co-captain Dan Hagberg ran 8.16 to dip under the IC4A standard in a first-place performance in the 60m hurdles and freshman Rutger Admirand won the 500m with an IC4A-qualifying 1:04.90. In the Nittany Lion Open, Cornell produced four IC4A qualifiers along with nine top-five event finishes. In its latest event, the Big Red placed first out of six teams in the Upstate Challenge in Barton Hall, besting Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse, Cortland and Ithaca College. The team had a breakout meet with 11 wins and more than 20 IC4A qualifiers, while scoring 246 points to out-distance Buffalo by over 130 points.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 29 at Great Ohio in Cleveland.

Dartmouth
The Big Green is ranked No. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA Northeast Regional poll. The team placed first in each of its three events this season, starting with the Dartmouth Relays, in which the host squad finished with 67 points and bested seven other teams. First-place finishes from sophomore Dom Filiano in the shot put, freshman Jeremy Birck in the high jump and senior Matt Miner in the mile helped the Big Green to nearly half of the team's point total. Dartmouth then edged Maine, Vermont and Rensselaer in a home quad meet with 64 points. Sophomore John Bleday set a personal-best with a time of 8:16.06 in the 3,000m and fellow classmate Jalil Bishop won the 200m race with a time of 22.87. The Big Green last competed in a home Ivy League tri-meet, beating Columbia and Yale. Freshmen Grant Sparling (8.66) and Sam Yoder (8.78) placed first and second, respectively, in the 60m hurdles and Dartmouth took the top three spots in the 60m dash, led by junior Connor Reilly’s time of 7.00.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston.

Harvard
The Crimson has competed twice in the early going of the 2011-12 season. In the Harvard Open, the host team dominated the mile, placing five runners within the top 12. Senior Darcy Wilson led the group with a winning time of 4:14.69, and sophomore Ryan Romain was right on his heels in second in 4:17.70. In his first collegiate meet, freshman Ben Glauser captured the shot put title with a distance of 57-6 1/4 (17.53-meters). His mark ranks fourth in team annals, and he became one of just seven Crimson athletes to ever eclipse the 17-meter mark. The team then hosted the second annual Harvard Challenge, featuring Ivy League and Patriot League teams. The Crimson earned 60 points to finish second to Army, which recorded 67 points. Overall, the Ivy men edged their Patriot League opponents, 82-72. Glauser won his second-straight shot put event with an IC4A mark of 55-7 3/4 and junior Matthew Polega won the weight throw with a 54-8 3/4 toss. Senior Jonathan Meminger owned the sprints, claiming both the 60m (7.02) and 200m (22.25) titles.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston and Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Penn State National at University Park, Pa.

Penn
The Quakers opened their 2011-12 campaign with the Lehigh Season Opener and saw five members earn wins. Sophomore Maalik Reynolds came just shy of his program-record jump of 2.21-meters that he set last season, winning first-place in the high-jump with a leap of 2.19-meters. Sophomore Jake Brenza qualified for the ECACs in shot put with a 15.80-meter throw and freshmen Tom Timmins (400m) and Thomas Tallerico (1,000m) each won in their collegiate debuts. Penn placed fourth out of 14 teams with 59 points at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory in New York. Reynolds was the only jumper to cleanly pass the bar at 2.13-meters for his second high-jump win in as many tournaments. The 4x800 relay team won the title with the second-best IC4A time this season, a scant two-hundreths of a second behind the top time. In the Great Dane Classic in New York, Reynolds won yet again as Penn placed 11th out of 26 teams with a total of 25 points. The sophomore matched his indoor school record with a 2.21-meter jump, tying the eighth-best NCAA mark this season.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Penn State National Open at University Park, Pa.

Princeton
The Tigers have competed in three events this season. Princeton opened its 2011-12 campaign with the New Year’s Invitational at Jadwin Gym, where senior Dave Slovenski set an Ivy League record in the pole vault with a jump of 5.37-meters (17-7.25 feet), besting the previous mark by .07 meters. His mark still stands as the sixth-best in the NCAA this season. Sophomore Tom Hopkins was a double winner, taking first in the 300m dash (34.53) and the long jump (7.31-meters). The team then traveled to Annapolis, Md., and took down Navy, 107-71. The Tigers won 13 of the 17 events for their ninth-straight win at the Navy Dual, improving to 21-20 overall in the event. Hopkins again won twice, this time in the 400m (48.48) and the long jump (6.95-meters). Princeton finished 1-2 in the 60m dash and 1-2-3 in the 800. In the Saturday Night at the Armory in New York, the Tigers took first out of 12 teams with 134 points, 19 ahead of second-place Rutgers. Princeton took 1-2-3 in the 3,000m, led by sophomore Chris Bendtsen’s 8:12.88. Junior Peter Callahan finished second in the mile with a time of 4:03.76, the sixth-best NCAA mark this season. Senior Joe Stilin was close behind with a 4:04.37, the eighth-best NCAA mark this season.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 28 at Saturday Night at the Armory II in New York.

Yale
The Bulldogs competed in two home events to open their season. In the Yale Season Opener, junior Michael Pierce got things started by winning the 1,000m run (2:31.90) and sophomore James Shirvell followed up with a victory in the 800m run (1:54.06). The team then swept the middle distance events in the Yale Invitational, junior Christopher Ramsey came out on top of a tightly contested 800m run, with a winning time of 1:57.34. Senior Julian Sheinbaum followed up with a victory in the mile run (4:16.46), and hot on his heels was freshman Jacob Sandry in third place (4:17.54). The Bulldogs then finished with 46 points in an Ivy League tri-meet hosted by Dartmouth, finishing behind the host team and Columbia. Senior Matthew Bieszard was a double winner with titles in the 200m (23.04) and the 500m (1:05.31) and senior Dana Lindberg won the long jump with a leap of 20-7 3/4. After placing second in each of his previous two weight throws, junior Mike Levine won the event with a distance of 55-6 1/2.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Terrier Classic in Boston.