Cornell Claims Second-Straight Heptagonal Men's Indoor Track & Field Title
HANOVER, N.H. -- For the second-straight year,
the Cornell men’s track and field team can call itself Ivy
League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Champions.
The Big Red earned 145 points, the lowest total for the winning team since 2006, when Cornell won with 122 points, coincidentally in Hanover, N.H.
Princeton finished second for the second-straight year with 117 points, followed by Harvard (95), Columbia (64), Brown (62), Dartmouth (53), Penn (28) and Yale (24).
Entering day two in second-place with 33 points, Cornell used six first-place finishes on Sunday to overtake the Tigers en route to the Championship. Senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig, who set a meet and League record in the 60m prelims on Saturday with a time of 6.69, claimed the top spot in two events, the 400m and the 60m. He is the first Ivy ever to win both races at the same Indoor Championships, and was a unanimous selection for Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Big Red sophomore Max Hairston made it two-for-two in the 60mH, winning it for the second-straight year with a meet-record tying 7.90. His teammate, senior Will Weinlandt, also became a two-time Indoor champion, taking the top spot in the 800m. He is the first Cornell runner to win two-consecutive 800m titles.
In the field, sophomore Bryan Rhodes became the first Big Red to win the weight throw since Erik Roneker in 2008. Cornell also went 1-2 in the high jump, with senior Montez Blair taking the title after clearing 6-11 ½. Blair is the second-ever Big Red to win two high jump titles and the first to do so in consecutive years, as John King won in 1956 and 1958.
Princeton was led by seniors Damon McLean and Tom Hopkins on Sunday. McLean became the second Ivy ever to win the triple jump four years in a row, matching the accomplishment of Cornell’s James Leonard (1972-75). Hopkins, meanwhile, won the 500m to give Princeton eight-straight victories in the event. The Tigers also earned a victory in the 4x400m relay, where its team of sophomore Jabari Johnson, senior Daniel McCord, freshman Ray Mennin and Hopkins won in 3:17.56,
Harvard’s 95 points was its highest total at the Indoor Championships since 1985, when the Crimson won the title in Hanover, N.H. with 108 points. Harvard took the top two spots in the 5K, with senior James Leakos (13:58.67) narrowly edging fellow classmate Maksim Korolev (13:58.83). It’s the first time a Crimson won the 5,000m since 1997 (Killian Lonergan).
Cornell junior Stephen Mozia, who set a meet and League record in the shot put on Saturday, was unanimously voted Most Outstanding Field Performer.