Portions courtesy Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A trio of Ivy League indoor track and field teams rang in the New Year with solid performances at their respective first meets of 2011 this past weekend. Dartmouth's women won its own Dartmouth Relays, the Big Green men finished second, Princeton's men and women were both victorious and Cornell's men and women combined for 25 event wins and six ECAC/IC4A qualifiers at its own Southern Tier Open.
The Big Red women won every event in which they competed, placing first 15 times, with a trio of ECAC qualifiers. Senior Kim Standridge was a double winner, claiming the mile in an Eastern-qualifying and meet record 5:00.58 before coming back to win the 500 in 1:21.14. Sophomore Kelsey Karys finished just behind Standridge in the mile, missing the ECAC standard by only .03 in setting a new personal best of 5:00.97 before coming back to cross the line first in the 1000 in 3:05.20. Junior Melissa Hewitt also had a great start to the new year, reaching 19-7 in the long jump to win and easily best the ECAC standard and later finished second in her first-ever attempt at the triple jump, reaching 37-5; junior Kristin Brandt again jumped well to win the event at 38-0 3/4. Sophomore Claire Dishong was the Big Red's first ECAC qualifier of the day in the meet's first event, moving up to No. 4 all-time at Cornell in the pole vault with a clearance of 11-9 3/4.
The Big Red men, with 10 event wins and three IC4A qualifiers, were led by junior Bob Belden, who was a double winner, bettering the IC4A standard in both throwing events. He claimed first in the shot put with a heave of 53-10 1/4 and came back to take the weight throw with a mark of 57-6 1/2. Freshman Steve Bell was also a double winner, as he came out on top in both the long jump and the triple jump, reaching 22-9 3/4 and 46-9, respectively.
At the Dartmouth relays, the Big Green men got a first-place performance from seniorin the weight throw with a toss of 18.21 meters. Freshman took first in the 800 with a time of 1:55.52. The Big Green took the top three spots in the 60 meter hurdles, with placing first (8.63). In the 60 meter dash final, sophomore won, finishing at 6.88.
Dartmouth's women claimed the meet title for the first time since 2007. The highlight of the event for the Big Green was the 3000 meter race. Dartmouth took the top five spots in the race and gained 30 points in just that event. Juniorwon the race with a time of 10:04.66. In the 400 meter, senior beat fellow Big Green runner to claim the top spot.
Princeton's men went head-to-head with Navy, earning a 102.5-74.5 victory. The Tigers win 13 of 17 events, led by junior Kashif Smith, who picked up two wins in the 60 and 200 meter dashes. Smith won the 60 at 7.02, with three Tigers following in second, third and fourth places. Freshman Brian Mills ran a 7.09, junior Ivan Charbonneau ran a 7.13 and sophomore Sebastian Steffen ran a 7.15. Smith and Steffen also had a rare tie in the 200, both finishing at exactly 22.58.
The Tiger women won the Quad Meet against Rutgers, St. Joseph's and St. John's, accumulating 209 points and winning 12 events. Senior Thanithia Billings won both the weight throw and the shot put. In the shot put, Billings threw to 14.98 meters, her best mark of the season. Princeton captured the top three marks in the pole vault, led by sophomore Tory Worthen. Worthen cleared 3.76 meters, with freshman Samantha Anderson taking second at 3.66 meters and sophomore Lauren Tauscher third at 3.46 meters.
Complete recaps and results from all of last week's action can be found at the links below.
Seven of the eight Ivy squads are in action on Saturday, January 15, with only Princeton taking a break from competition.
Brown @ Sorlien Invitational (University of
Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.)
Columbia/Harvard @ NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory (New York, N.Y.)
Cornell/Penn @ Northeast Challenge (Penn State, University Park, Pa.)
Yale @ College Invitational (Yale, New Haven, Conn.)