PRINCETON, N.J. -- Another event, another Ivy League record for Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe as the Ancient 8 kicked off the 2013 portion of their season. Ratcliffe broke her own League record in the weight throw during the Princeton quad meet, highlighting a number of successful outings for the Ivy squad.
Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:
The Brown men’s and women’s teams competed for the first time in 2013 at the Yale Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Kebbeh Darpolar was the lone title winner on the women’s side, winning the shot put with a personal record 48-11. For the men, senior Kenneth Thompson won the triple jump with a mark of 46-09 ½, while sophomore Peter Rhodes set a personal-best in the long jump to take second-place (22-03 ¾).
Next event: Friday, Jan. 18, Harvard Multi Meet – Cambridge, Mass.
Next event: Sunday, Jan. 20, Yale Tri-Meet – New Haven, Conn.
The Big Red competed in the Northeast Challenge on the campus of Penn State in University Park, Pa. Junior Rachel Sorna won the 3,000m in 9:18.17, setting a school-record and the current top time in the NCAA. She also placed second in the mile, crossing the line in 4:47.32. She was joined on the podium by senior Lindsey Patterson, who won the pole vault with a mark of 12-1 ½, and Tess Berghoff, who won the 800m with a time of 2:16.41.
The men’s team produced four event titles. Junior Montez Blair showed no sign of letting up, winning the high jump after clearing 7-1. Freshman Stephen Afadapa also cleared 7-1 to place fourth, setting a Cornell freshman record and tying for the second-best mark in school history, behind only Blair. Junior Steven Bell took the long jump with a mark of 24-1 ½ and sophomore Stephen Mozia won the shotput with a toss of 59. The Big Red went 1-2-3 in the 600m, led by sophomore Rutger Admirand, who won the event with a time of 1:19.92.
Next event: Saturday, Jan. 19, Upstate Challenge – Ithaca, N.Y.
The Big Green hosted the 44th annual Dartmouth Relays and both the men’s and women’s teams finished in first. The women’s squad earned their third-straight title, finishing with 185 points, more than double the second-place team, Northeastern (91). Junior Abbey D’Agostino and freshman Mollie Gribbins broke school records in the mile and 60m, respectively. D’Agostino broke her own previous record with a time of 4:38.44, while Gribbins initially broke the record with a 7.79 heat before breaking it again with a 7.76. in the finals. Also taking the top spot on the podium were Emmaline Berg in the shot put (46-11 ¾), Cathy Liebowitz in the weight throw (54-6 ¾), Katie Sullivan in the 3,000m (10:01.34) and Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump (5-8 ½).
The men’s team pulled away late to hold off Northeastern, 128-113. It marked the second-straight title as well as the fifth in six years and the seventh since team scoring began in 2003 for the Big Green. Senior Connor Reilly was the lone Big Green to win an event, taking the 60m in 6.94. However, a pair of Dartmouth athletes were the top collegiate finishers in their events, as sophomore Dylan O’Sullivan placed second in the 3,000m with a time of 8:22.64 and junior Dom Filiano placed second in the shot put with a toss of 51-1 ½.
Next event: Sunday, Jan. 20, Yale Tri Meet – New Haven, Conn.
Next event: Saturday, Jan. 18, Harvard Multi Meet – Cambridge, Mass.; Sunday, Jan. 19, Harvard Challenge – Cambridge, Mass.
The Quakers competed in the College Night at the Armory in New York City. The men placed second out of 13 teams, earning 116.5 points to trail only Princeton, which earned 175.5 points. Sophomore Tom Timmins won the 500m with a time of 1:04.13 and the 4x400m team of senior Allante Keels, Timmins and freshmen Timothy Hamlett and Brandon Senior placed first with a time of 3:17.55. Penn also went 1-2 in the shot put as junior Jake Brenza retook the lead from teammate Sam Mattis on his final throw of the night to win with a toss of 51-2 ¾.
The women earned 105.5 points to place second behind UConn, which recorded 204 points. Freshman Theresa Picciallo set the school record in the shot put in just her second collegiate meet with a throw of 46-3 ½. She was joined at the top of the podium by fellow classmate Elyssa Gensib (mile, 5:07.16) and the 4x800m team of Gensib, freshman Shannon McCarthy, sophomore Mia Spinelli and junior Chelsea Delaney (9:39.72). Senior Nony Onyeador matched her career-best in the 60m, crossing the line in 7.69 to place second.
Next event: Saturday, Jan. 19, Mountain Hawk Invite at Lehigh – Bethlehem, Pa.
The men’s team competed in the College Night at the Armory in New York City, placing first with 175.5 points. Junior Tom Hopkins was a force on both the track and the field, winning the long jump (7.32m) and the 400m (48.01). Moreover, the Tigers went 1-2-3-4-5 in the 3,000m, led by senior Michael Franklin, who placed first with a time of 8:07.88. Junior Omar Jarrett won the high jump with a mark of 2.04m and freshman David Pugliese placed first in the 1,000 with a time of 2:29.33.
Next event: Saturday, Jan. 26, Wesley A. Brown Invite at Navy – Annapolis, Md.
The women’s team hosted its third-annual Princeton quad meet, recording a score of 187.50 to defeat St. John’s (126), Rutgers (121.50) and Saint Joseph’s (88). Freshman Julia Ratcliffe set an Ivy League record in the weight throw by reaching 64-7 ¼, beating the previous record of 64-3, which she had set earlier this season. Senior Tory Worthen continued her stellar career with yet another pole vault victory, clearing 12-4 ¾ and junior Imani Oliver won the triple jump with a mark of 40-0 ¾. Princeton went 1-2 in the mile, the 500m and the 3,000m and junior Kim Mackay won her first individual event with a time of 2:18.66 in the 800m.
Next event: Friday, Jan. 25, College Night at the Armory II – New York
The men’s team hosted its 31st Yale Intercollegiate Track Classic and saw two of its athletes take first-place: senior Mike Levine in the weight throw (58-11 ¼) and senior Demetri Goutos in the 3,000m (8:40.26). Goutos set a personal record in the process. Senior Sam Kirtner took sixth in the 3,000m and second in the mile and sophomore Dylan Hurley placed second in the 400m with a time of 50:45.
For the women, who hosted the Yale Collegiate Invitational, freshman Karleh Wilson posted the fourth-best shot put throw in school history with a toss of 42-6 ¼. Senior Caitlin Hudson won the one mile run in her personal-best 5:03.36. Yale's distance medley relay team also prevailed, with the quartet of freshmen Isabel Amend, Anna-Sophie Harling, Shannon McDonnell and Emily Stark combining for a time of 12:29.02 to beat the five other teams. Sophomore Anna Demaree took second in the 3,000m with a time of 10:03.61.
Next event: Sunday, Jan. 20, Yale Tri-Meet – New Haven, Conn.