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May 5, 2013

Princeton Wins Heptagonal Men's Outdoor Track & Field Title on Home Turf

Championship Central | Final Results | Day 2 Highlights

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the first time since 1981, Princeton successfully defended its home turf.

Princeton won the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Title, finishing with 190 points to hold off Cornell, which totaled 162. Brown placed third with 75 points, followed by Columbia (73), Harvard (59), Dartmouth (58), Penn (46) and Yale (19).

The Tigers' win marked their first outright outdoor title while hosting the event for the first time since that 1981 team. Princeton was first among Ivy squads in 1991 in Princeton, N.J., but finished third overall behind Navy and Army.

The Tigers' win in 2013 also marked their third-straight Championship victory and first three-peat since 1998-2000. Despite holding a lead at the end of day one Princeton found itself trailing Cornell for most of the second day until the 5K, when senior Michael Franklin (first), junior Chris Bendtsen (third) and sophomore Sam Pons (fifth) all placed to pull their team into a tie with the Big Red. From there, Princeton placed second in the 4x800m relay, won the 4x400m relay and took first and fourth in the triple jump to pull away for the win.

For Franklin, it marked his second title of the weekend, as he also won the 10,000m. His 5K title gives Princeton six-straight wins in that event and eight in the past nine years. Junior Damon McLean's leap of 52-0 ½ made him the first Tiger to win consecutive triple jump titles since Ugwunna Ikpeowo went back-to-back-to-back from 1994-96. Other winners on the day for the host team include a trio of seniors in Peter Callahan (1,500m), Russell Dinkins (800m) and Austin Hollimon (400mH).

Cornell, meanwhile, was led by a pair of Outstanding Performers. Sophomore Stephen Mozia won the shot put and placed fourth in the discus on Sunday after taking fifth in the hammer on Saturday en route to being voted Most Outstanding Field Performer. Junior Bruno Hortelano-Roig became the first Big Red to ever win the 200m and 400m in the same Championship and was selected Most Outstanding Track Performer.

Columbia won a pair of titles on Sunday, as junior John Gregorek took the steeplechase title with a time of 8:54.21 and then served as leadoff for the Lions' winning 4x800m relay team.

Other highlights on Sunday include Brown junior John Spooney, who became the first Bear to win three-straight 100m titles. However, Spooney was denied the opportunity to do the same in the 200m by Hortelano-Roig.

Team Standings
1. Princeton, 190
2. Cornell, 162
3. Brown, 75
4. Columbia, 73
5. Harvard, 59
6. Dartmouth, 58
7. Penn, 46
8. Yale, 19