PRINCETON, N.J. -- Another weekend of competition for the Ivy League men's and women's indoor track & field squads produced a slew of individual best marks and new League best marks. The Ivies also have a dozen times and marks that rank in the nation's top-20, six of which were achieved this past weekend.
The highest national rank for an Ivy athlete to-date is Cornell junior Nick Huber, who's point total of 5370 in the heptathlon is No. 2. He achieved the score on Dec. 4 at the Big Red's Cornell Relays. Huber's classmate Josh Cusick ranks No. 18 with 4928 points.
Also among the nation's best are a pair of Ivy men competing in their first collegiate season. Penn's Maalik Reynolds is currently tied for No. 5 in the high jump after achieving a mark of 2.21 meters on Jan. 15 at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory. The NCAA automatic qualifying mark is 2.24 meters. Princeton rookie Damon McLean is ranked No. 8 in the triple jump after a 15.49-meter mark on Jan. 8 in a dual against Navy. The NCAA automatic mark in his event is 16.15 meters.
Additional Ivies to achieve national top 20 marks this past weekend were Cornell's Adrien Dannemiller and Kelsey Karys, Dartmouth's Ethan Shaw and Yale's men's and women's 4,000 distance medley relay teams.
Dannemiller set a personal-best time in the mile on Jan. 15 at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge, finishing third in 4:08.56, which is good for the 13th best time in the nation. On the women's side, Big Red sophomore Karys placed third in the 3,000 meter run in 9:45.09, which ranks 11th in the nation.
Shaw, meanwhile, helped his Big Green squad top both UVM and Maine in head-to-head competion by winning the 3,000 meter run in 8:16.89, which ranks No. 12 nationally.
Competing in its own Collegiate Invitational, Yale's women's 4,000 meter distance medley turned in the No. 9 fastest time in the nation (11:50.04) while the men raced to the No. 16 fastest time in the nation (11:59.70).
In previous weeks' action, Princeton Peter Callahan ran the 800 meter in 1:51.43, ranking No. 14 national, while the Tigers' 4,000 distance medley relay holds the No. 15 spot with a time of 10:13.79. For the Tiger women, Thanithia Billings currently ranks No. 16 in the weight throw with a season-best toss of 19.21 meters.
While the season is still young, a quick glance at the top 10 lists among the Ivy League shows Princeton's men with eight No. 1 marks, Cornell with seven, Penn with two and Dartmouth with two. On the women's side, Cornell currently holds seven top marks among League members, followed by Princeton and Columbia with five each and Yale with one.
All individual and meet results, Ivy League top marks lists and national top marks lists can be found here.
Complete recaps and results from all of last week's action can be found at the links below.
All eight Ivy squads are in action this week, taking part in six different meets around the Northeast.
Friday, Jan. 21
Cornell @ Pentathlon I (Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.)
Penn @ Great Dane Classic (New York, N.Y.)
Saturday, Jan. 22
Brown & Harvard @ Harvard Chllenge (Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.)
Columbia, Dartmouth & Yale @ Ivy League Tri-Meet (Yale, New Haven, Conn.)
Cornell @ Upstate Challenge (Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.)
Princeton @ Princeton Relays (Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.)