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May 8, 2011

Princeton Snaps Cornell's 8-Year Title Streak, Reynolds and Cabral Earn MOP Honors

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Interview with Princeton Head Coach Fred Samara

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Princeton used its depth across the board to collect 197 points to edge eight-time defending champion Cornell (186 points) to claim the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday at Yale's Cuyler Athletic Complex & Dwyer Field.

The Tigers' Donn Cabral and Penn freshman sensation Maalik Reynolds earned a share of the Male Most Outstanding Performer of the meet honor, as voted by the League's eight head coaches.

Cabral won the 10,000 Saturday night in 30:22.28, then turned around to claim the 2011 title in the 3,000m steeplechase on Sunday in 8:41.93. The Tiger junior also won both of those events in 2010.

Reynolds, the Indoor Champion in the high jump, won his first outdoor title with a Penn program record jump of 7-5.75. He took three attempts at the all-time Ivy record of 7-7, set by Tora Harris of Princeton in 2002, narrowly missing the clearance on his final try.

Princeton won eight total events, also getting a double win by Mark Amirault in the 1,500m (3:57.96) and the 5,000m (14:12.31), and finished runner-up in seven on its way to its first team title since 2000.

Cornell had five event wins, including a thrilling 800m victory by Nick Wade. The sophomore trailed Princeton's Russell Dinkins down the final straightaway, but pulled ahead in the final just as the two crossed the finishline. Wade's winning time of 1:50.15, edged Dinkins by .05 seconds.

Brown matched its third place finish from 2010, collecting 76 points behind strong performances in the throws and sprints. Senior Craig Kinsley became the first four-time winner in the javelin, while freshman John Spooney ran a pair of inspiring sprints, clinching the titles in both the 100m (10.64) and 200m (21.37) dash.

Harvard, which had not finished in the top half of the team standings since 2002, placed fourth with 75 points. The Crimson had a pair of individual title winners in Nico Weiler (pole vault, 16-11) and Michael Brode (shot put, 57-11).

Final Team Standings
1. Princeton, 197
2. Cornell, 186
3. Brown, 76
4. Harvard, 75
5. Yale, 44
6. Dartmouth, 42
7. Penn, 33
8. Columbia, 29