Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications/Patrick
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Less than two weeks after the indoor track and field NCAA Championships, the teams were back in action to open the outdoor season, which will culminate with the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on May 5-6 at Penn's Franklin Field and the NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.
Cornell boasts the top marks in 11 events thus far in 2012, while Princeton is close behind with the top marks in five events. The Big Red's trio of Kinsley Ojukwu, Chris Bain and Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon are 1-2-3 in the League in the 100m, with times of 10.62, 10.70 and 10.75, respectively. Ojukwu also holds the top time in the 200m, at 21.46, set during the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational. The Big Red is also 1-2-3 in the 800m, led by freshman Rutger Admirand's 1:50.22.
However, the long distance events belong to Princeton, which holds the top nine spots in both the 1,500m and the 5,000m. Senior Donn Cabral, fresh off his 5,000m title and third-place 3,000m finish in the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, leads the League in the outdoor 1,500m with a time of 3:43.11. Fellow classmate Joe Stilin, who placed second in the 3,000m and the one mile at the Indoor Championships, holds the best Ivy time in the outdoor 5,000m, at 13:51.17.
Tigers sophomore Damon McLean leads the Ancient Eight in both the long jump (7.43m) and the triple jump (15.75m), while his teammate and 2012 Indoor Championships Most Outstanding Performer Conor McCullough holds the League's best hammer throw mark with a toss of 71.47m.
Dartmouth sophomore Henry Sterling ran the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:18.88 at the High Point Invitational to lead the League, while Harvard is 1-2 in the javelin, led by freshman Dean Sullivan's throw of 67.00m at the North Florida Invitational. The Crimson's Nico Weiler, who won the pole vault title at the Indoor Championships, is the League leader in the outdoor, with a mark of 5.30m.
Penn holds the top time in the 4x800m relay (7:37.60) and the 10,000m (Connor Ryan, 33:30.00), while Brown sophomore Evan Weinstock scored 6,832 points in the decathlon at the Texas Relays to lead the League.