PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia's sprint duo of Sharay Hale and Kyra Caldwell each stamped their name into the Ivy League record book last weekend, racing to the all-time fastest times in the 200m dash and the 60m hurdles, respectively. Those marks highlighted another strong round of performances for Ivy League indoor track & field athletes as championship season lingers in the wings.
Competing at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory III, Hale raced to a 23.75 finish in the 200m dash, .27 seconds faster than the previous Ivy League record of 24.02 set by Cornell's Katy Jay in 2002. Hale aslo lowered her personal best in the 400m dash to 53.02, moving her up to No. 2 in the Ivy League's all-time top performers list. Meanwhile, Caldwell broke a decade-old Ivy record in the 60m hurdles, racing to a 8.24 finish, .09 seconds faster than the previous mark of 8.33 held by Harvard's Brenda Taylor.
Elsewhere around the League, competition was stiff at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet, held this year at the Bulldogs' Coxe Cage. Princeton swept both the men's and women's competitions, followed by Harvard in second and Yale in third for both genders.
In the men's competition, the Tigers won 14 of 16 events contested while the Crimson claimed first in two. Princeton's Peter Callahan won the 800m run in a time of 1:48.66, breaking the 22-year HYP meet record. Yale's James Shirvell turned in the nation's fastest freshman time in the 1,000m run at 2:25.50
On the women's side, Yale's Kate Grace set a Bulldog record with her winning time of 4:39.52 in the mile run. Her time made her the fastest Yale miler ever by more than four seconds and shattered the previous HYP meet record of 4:41.10, set by Cack Ferrell of Princeton in 2005. The Bulldog women (Nihal Kayali, Annalies Gamble, Sarah Barry, Kate Grace) also won the 4x800m relay in 8:49.68, the fastest mark for a Yale squad since 1987, as well as the fastest mark in NCAA Division I competition last week.
At the Boston University Valentines Invitational, Dartmouth freshman Monica Adler won the 1,000m run in a personal best 2:49.41, which was also good for the top time in NCAA Division I competition last week.
One week of regular-season action remain on the schedule for the Ancient Eight before the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 26-27. The meet returns to the famed Armory for the first time since 2007 and just the second time since 1952.
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.
Cornell @ Robert J. Kane Invitational | Full Men's Recap | Full Women's Recap | Results
Cornell @ Boston University Valentines Invitational | Full Men's Recap | Results
Cornell @ Arkansas Tyson Invitational | Full Women's Recap | Results
Saturday, Feb. 19
Columbia, Princeton @ Princeton invitational (Princeton University, Princeotn, N.J.)
Cornell @ Marc Deneault Invitational (Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.)
Sunday, Feb. 20
Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard @ USTF New Englands (Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.)