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February 23, 2013

Harvard Holds A Slim Lead After Day One of Heptagonal Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting the Ivy League Heptagonal Track & Field Championships served the Harvard men's team well, as it stands in first-place after day one of the event with 32 points, just ahead of Cornell (31) and Princeton (25). The Crimson has not won the Ivy League indoor championship since 1985.

Dartmouth (20.50), Columbia (7), Yale (5.50), Penn (2) and Brown (1) round out the rest of the standings.

Harvard won three titles on the first day of the Ivy League championships. Sophomore Ben Glauser became the first Crimson since Dave Anderson in 1994 to win the weight throw, as his toss of 63-6 ¾ was more than enough to hold off Cornell's Stephen Mozia, who placed second with a throw of 60-8 ¾. Glauser was joined on the podium by senior Matthew Polega, who placed fifth.

Not to be outdone, Crimson senior Nico Weiler became Harvard's first two-time pole vault champion since Geoff Stiles in 1978-79, as Weiler held on to his title with an all-time Ivy record of 17-7 ¾, beating Princeton's Dave Slovenski's mark of 17-7 ¼, set in 2011. In the only track championship of the day for the men, Harvard senior Maksim Korolev thrilled the home crowd with a come-from-behind victory in the 3,000m, crossing the line in 8:04.19, the eighth-fastest time in meet history.

Although the Big Red did not have a champion on day one of the Ivy League Championships, it did have a trio of second-place finishers, which garnered Cornell 23 points. Besides Mozia in the weight throw, junior David Kim tied for second in the pole vault after clearing 15-5 and junior Steven Bell, who was gunning for his third-straight long jump title, took second with a leap of 24-3.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are very much in the running for a fourth-straight Ivy League Indoor Championship. Princeton was led by junior Damon McLean, who ended Bell's hold on the long jump after reaching 24-9 ¼, the sixth-best mark in meet history and the best since Princeton's Ugwunna Ikpeowo hit 24-9 ¾ in 1996. McLean was joined on the podium by junior Tom Hopkins, who placed third in the event with a mark of 23-10. The Tigers also picked up nine points in the 3,000m, as junior Chris Bendsten placed second with a time of 8:07.01 and senior Michael Franklin finished sixth with a time of 8:10.60.

Dartmouth senior Brett Gilson earned seven points in the pole vault after tying with Cornell's Kim for second, while sophomore Thomas Servino took third in the weight throw with a toss of 59-4 ¾. Senior John Bleday was unable to defend his 3,000m title from a year ago, finishing fourth this time around after crossing the line in 8:09.83.

The second day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships will kick off at 10:00 a.m., with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles. Princeton sophomore Stephen Soerens leads the group with 3,049 points.

Men's Team Standings
1. Harvard, 32
2. Cornell, 31
3. Princeton, 25
4. Dartmouth, 20.5
5. Columbia, 7
6. Yale, 5.5
7. Penn, 2
8. Brown, 1