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February 8, 2012

Men's Indoor Track and Field Update 3

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard's first-place finish in the Battle for Beantown led successful outings for the Ivy League last weekend. Princeton and Cornell each competed in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge in University Park, Pa., placing third and fourth, respectively, while the other five squads took part in events with no team scoring.

The Ancient Eight will be back in action this weekend. Harvard hosts Princeton and Yale in the annual HYP meet and Columbia, Brown and Penn will take part in the NYRR Saturday Night at the Races at The Armory in New York. Cornell will hold the Robert J. Kane Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y., while Dartmouth will split its team between the St. Valentine's Invite in Boston, the Husky Classic in Seattle and a throws meet in Durham, N.H.

The squads are gearing up for the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships, which will be held on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26 at Barton Hall in Ithaca, N.Y.

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League from this past weekend:

Brown:
Two champions emerged for the Bears in the Tribute to Charles Torpey Invitational in Kingston, R.I. Sophomore John Spooney won the 60m dash in 6.92 seconds, while the 4 x 400m relay team won its race with a time of 3:21.91. Senior Anthony Schurz and freshman Will Conway finished 2-3 in the 1,000m, crossing the line in 2:28.94 and 2:30.60, respectively. Junior Daniel Smith tossed a 15.86m in the shot put to earn second-place.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, Valentine Invitational, Boston

Columbia:
The Lions competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory in New York. Two of Columbia's relay teams posted times that are currently best in the Ivy League this season. The 4 x 800m team of freshman Brendon Fish, sophomore Harry McFann, junior Liam Tansey and freshman Connor Claflin set meet and Armory records when they clocked an astonishing 7:25.47, while the 4 x 400m group of freshman Kevin Boyd and sophomores Cody Love, Billy Kovalczyk and Sam Miner recorded a time of 3:17.14. Senior Adam Behnke placed fourth in the mile after crossing the line in 4:03.43.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, Millrose Games, New York

Cornell:
The Big Red split its squad between two events. In the Ithaca College Bomber Invite, senior heptathlete Nick Huber broke his own Cornell record with 5,550 points, currently the 14th-best performance in the NCAA this year and the third-best heptathlon score in Ivy League history. Sophomore Mike Rabbit won the 400m in 50.15, junior Zach Zeller won the 60m hurdles in 8.38, freshman Han Wei Chew took the triple jump at 45-7 3/4 and sophomore Ben Tenpas won the shot put with a mark of 49-1 3/4. As a team, the Big Red placed fourth in the Sykes/Sabock Challenge hosted by Penn State, beating out 10 other teams. Cornell produced two champions as sophomore Stephen Bell won the long jump in 23-9 and senior Dan Hagberg ran the 60m hurdles in 8.01. Two jumpers took second in their respective events, as sophomore Montez Blair cleared 7-1 3/4 in the high jump and fellow classmate Stephen Mozia reached 57-8 1/4 in the shot put.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Robert J. Kane Invitational, Ithaca, N.Y.

Dartmouth:
The Big Green hosted the Dartmouth Indoor Classic, a non-scoring meet. The home squad took the top three spots in the 60m dash, led by junior Connor Reilly's 6.94. Sophomore Jalil Bishop took first in a field of more than 40 runners in the 200m with a time of 22.56 and senior Evan Bryant was the top runner in the 500m, crossing with a mark of 1:06.54. Sophomore Lukas Zirngibl ran a 1:57.42 in the 800m to place first, while freshman Will Callan won the 1,000m in 2:33.16. The Big Green 4 x 400m relay team claimed the top spot by crossing the line in 3:24.98.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Husky Invitational, Seattle;
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11, Valentine's Invitational, Boston;
Saturday, Feb. 11, Throws meet, Durham, N.C.

Harvard:
In the fifth annual Battle of Beantown, the Crimson claimed the title for the first time since 2010 and the third time overall. Harvard totaled 191 points to defeat Northeastern (156.50), MIT (93) and BU (66.50). Freshman Jarvis Harris won two events on the day. He broke an 11-year old school record in the 60m hurdles, posting a meet-record time of 8.11 and then set a meet-record in the triple jump with a leap of 14.42m. Sophomore Damani Wilson won the 60m dash with a time of 6.83, a meet-record and the third-best mark in Harvard history. Sophomore Jared Kadich recorded a win in the 200m with a time of 22.34 and senior Darcy Wilson took the 800 in 1:52.24. The Crimson also got first-place finishes from its 4 x 440-yard and distance medley relay teams. Harvard placed four of the top five in the shotput, led by freshman Ben Glauser's throw of 17.83m. Junior Nico Weiler cleared 4.95m to win the pole vault.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.

Penn:
The Quakers took part in Yale's Giegengack Invitational and came away with three champions. Senior Brian Fulton won the 800m in 1:53.16 and fellow classmate Brian Rosenthal took first in the 400m with a season-best time of 49.38. Sophomore Maalik Reynolds won the high jump for the fourth time in four events this season with a leap of 2.19m.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, NYRR Saturday Night at the Races at The Armory, New York.

Princeton:
The Tigers took third out of 14 teams in the Sykes/Sabock Challenge hosted by Penn State. Princeton finished with 89 points, trailing only the Nittany Lions (142) and Connecticut (91.5). Junior Peter Callahan became the second Tiger in program history to run a sub-four minute mile and the first since 1991 (Billy Burke), crossing the line in 3:58.86. His time is the eighth-best time in the nation in the mile this season and a meet record. He became just the third Ivy League runner to break the four-minute indoor mile, joining Burke and Columbia's Kyle Merber, who accomplished the feat in 2010. Other winners for the Tigers include senior Thomas Dialynas, who won the 3,000m in 8:19.09 and fellow classmate Dave Slovenski, who won the pole vault for the fourth time this season with a leap of 5.15m.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.

Yale:
The Bulldogs hosted the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage in New Haven, Conn. Day one saw the Bulldogs finish 1-2-3 in the 5,000m, led by freshman Isa Qasim's 14:52.41. Junior Mike Levine placed first in the weight throw with a toss of 16.87m, just shy of his season-best (16.93). Day two was more of the same for Yale, which again took first in two separate events. Sophomore Paul Chandler won the pole vault with a 4.50m leap and junior Michael Pierce won the mile in 4:15.29.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 11, HYP, Cambridge, Mass.