Cornell, Princeton Renew Annual Battle at Men's Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The last time the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships were held in New Haven, Conn., Princeton came in first and Cornell finished second. Which should come as a surprise to no one, as those two teams have swept the top two spots each of the past eight years. This season looks to be no different, as the Big Red rank first in a League-best seven events, while Princeton is first or second in an Ivy-leading 12 events. However, both squads have to hold off the rest of the field, who are looking to vault past the two teams that have combined to win 16 of the past 20 titles, including a streak of 11-straight.
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Brown: The Bears have finished in the top half of the standings the past five years and hope to do the same or better in 2014. Senior Ajani Brown could pick up points in the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes, where he ranks 10th, ninth and eighth, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Kelly holds the fifth-fastest time in the 400m and seventh-fastest in the 200m, while junior Henry Tufnell ranks ninth in the 800m. Senior Evan Weinstock looks to take his second-straight decathlon title and third overall; his score of 7,089 is best in the League so far. Junior Peter Rhodes ranks third in the multi event and eighth in both the 100mH and high jump. Junior Jordan Mann is looking to get onto the podium in the steeplechase, where he holds the sixth-fastest time this year. In the field events, junior Courtland Clavette looks to move up from his third-place finish in the discus last season; he ranks third in the event this year. Clavette could also pick up points in the shot put, where he is eighth. Freshman Taylor Alarcon is seventh in the triple jump and sophomore Matthew O'Hara (hammer) and freshman Mark Buda (javelin) each rank eighth in their event.
Columbia: The Lions finished a program-best fourth last season and hope to make back-to-back appearances in the top half of the standings for the first time in program history. Columbia has five runners among the top-10 in the 800m, including the top three in seniors Harry McFann, John Gregorek and Brendon Fish. Gregorek also has the second-best 1,500m time this season. Two runners are among the top-10 in both the 400m and the 10K. In the 400m, junior Kevin Boyd leads the way with the fourth-best run, while in the 10K freshman Jack Boyle and senior Jake Sienko rank fifth and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Corey Hammond is sixth in the 400mH and senior Joe Kotran is fifth in the steeplechase. The Lions also look to win their third-straight 4x800m title; they rank first in that event so far in 2014. In the field events, senior Duncan Dickerson is gunning to become the first Lion to win back-to-back hammer throw titles in program history. His throw of 204-0 is tops in the League so far this season. Sophomore Chancelor Griffin ranks eighth in the triple jump.
Cornell: The Big Red is looking for its first Ivy League outdoor title since 2010. Cornell holds the top mark in seven different events this season, and is second in four others. Senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig, last year's Most Outstanding Track Performer, holds the best 100m time and is second in the 200m and 400m. He has also been a part of the Big Red's 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams that each rank first in the League in 2014. The 4x100m relay squad's time of 40.91 is fourth-best in League history, while the 4x400m team's time of 3:07.98 is sixth-best in the Ivy records book. Sophomore Max Hairston ranks second in both the 110mH and 400mH. In the field, senior Montez Blair looks to defend his high jump title and is tied for first with Penn's Maalik Reynolds, who placed second a year ago. Freshman Grant Sisserson (pole vault), junior Stephen Mozia (shot put) and junior Rob Robbins all rank first in their respective events. Mozia's shot put mark of 63-10 ¼ is fourth-best in Ivy history and third in the country so far this season.
Dartmouth: The last time the Big Green placed among the top four as a team was 2008, when the championship was held at Yale. Sophomore Edward Wagner finished second in the 400mH last year and holds the best time so far in 2014. He hopes to become the fourth Big Green champion and first since Jeff Guenette in 2002. Sophomore John Abraham is fourth in the 100m dash, while junior John Bleday and sophomore Curtis King rank eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 5K. King is also ninth in the 10K. Senior Henry Sterling placed fourth in the steeplechase last year and ranks second in the League this season. Freshman Nico Robinson is ninth in the 110mH. In the field events, junior Thomas Servino is third in the hammer throw, senior Josh Cyphers is tied for fifth in the pole vault and sophomore Jacob Shippee and junior Jim Budzinski are fifth and seventh, respectively, in the javelin. A pair of freshman rank 10th in their event in Alex Frye (high jump) and Corey Muggler (triple jump).
Harvard: On the track, the Crimson is led by senior Damani Wilson, who ranks third in the 100m and fifth in the 200m, while his fellow classmate Andrew Ezekoye has the second-fastest time in the League in the 100m. Senior James Leakos holds the fastest 5K time and could become the first Harvard winner of the event since Ian Carswell won the second of his back-to-back titles in 1997. Leakos also ranks seventh in the 10K, just ahead of junior Will Geiken. In the hurdles, junior Jarvis Harris hopes to defend his 110mH title and also win the 400mH; he ranks first in the former and tied for second in the latter this season. Senior Dustin Brode and juniors Igor Liokumovich and Ben Glauser lead the way in the field events. Brode is second in the shot put, sixth in the discus and ninth in the hammer, while Liokumovich is third in the shot put and fourth in the discus and Glauser is second in the hammer and fourth in the shot put. Freshman Elliot Safo's long jump mark of 24-6 ¼ is tops in the League, sophomore Dean Sullivan ranks second in the javelin and freshman Andrew Roney is fourth in the pole vault.
Penn: Outside of Cornell and Princeton, the Quakers are the only team to win an outdoor title over the past 20 years, claiming it in 1995, 2001 and 2002. After four-straight years finishing in the bottom half of the standings, Penn looks to get back to the top thanks to a number of young athletes. Sophomore b finished fourth in the 5K last year and ranks second in that event this year. He also holds the fastest 1,500m time in the League in 2014, as his mark of 3:40.68 at Penn Relays is fifth-best all-time in Ivy history. Another sophomore, Brendan Smith, ranks first in the steeplechase and hopes to become the first Penn winner of the event since Sean MacMillan in 2000. In the field, senior Maalik Reynolds looks to re-gain his high jump title after winning it in 2011 and 2012 and placing second last season. He and last year's winner, Cornell's Montez Blair, are tied for first. Sophomore Thomas Pitt is tied for third in the high jump, eighth in the long jump and ninth in the decathlon. His fellow classmate Sam Mattis set and then re-set the second-best all-time Ivy League discus mark this season. He could become the first Quaker to win back-to-back discus titles since Kenneth Dietz three-peated from 1969-71.
Princeton: The Tigers are second in the League with 10 outdoor team titles but have never won four in a row. Princeton's current run of three-straight began the last time the championships were at Yale, in 2011. Senior Tom Hopkins ranks first in the 400m and second in both the 200m and long jump. He is also a member of Princeton's 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. The Tigers have not won a 100m title since Vincent Smith in 1989, but sophomore John Hill ranks first this year. In the distance events, senior Tyler Udland is third in both the 5K and 10K, while fellow classmate Chris Bendtsen's time of 28:49.08 in the 10,000m is tops in the League in 2014 and fifth-best in Ivy history. Another senior, Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, is fourth in both the 5K and 10K. In the field, Princeton currently holds the top two spots in the triple jump, led by senior Damon McLean's 52-10 ¼. McLean hopes to become Princeton's second three-time champ in the event and first since Ugwunna Ikpeowo (1994-96). Junior Stephen Soerens placed second in the decathlon in 2013 and currently stands in the same spot in 2014.
Yale: The Bulldogs look to place in the upper half of the standings for the first time since 2010, when they finished fourth. Senior Daniel Jones ranks fifth in the 100m and 15th in the 200m, while freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre is tied for seventh in the 100m. Yale looks to its distance runners to pick up points, as senior James Shirvell ranks fourth in the 1,500m and sophomore Kevin Dooney is third in the 10K and fifth in the 5K. Shirvell could also get to the podium in the 800m, where he currently ranks 16th. Junior William Rowe holds the seventh-fastest 400mH time in the League so far in 2014 and sophomore Duncan Tomlin ranks eighth in the steeplechase. In the field events, sophomore Brendan Sullivan is tied for seventh in the pole vault after clearing 15-9.