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Indoor Track & Field Update - 4

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ancient Eight are rounding into form as they get closer and closer to the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held on Feb. 23-24 at Harvard. The League features a number of top-10 NCAA marks this season, including a pair by Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino, who ranks No. 1 in the country in both the mile and 3,000m.

Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads this season:

Brown
The Bears competed in a pair of events over the weekend: the Joe Donahue Games, hosted by Northeastern at the Reggie Lewis Center, and the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University.

The women came in fourth in the Joe Donahue Games out of 12 schools, including Ivy League foe Dartmouth (eighth). A number of Bears reached the podium in their respective events, including freshman Lily Harrington’s (5:06) and senior Elaine Kuckertz (5:08), who went 2-3 in the mile. Senior Lacey Craker took the weight throw title with a toss of 17.55m. In the Terrier Invitational, senior Bree Shugarts placed sixth in the mile (4:53.6), fellow classmate Olivia Mickle finished eighth in the 3,000m (9:41) and sophomore Alex Stanton took ninth in the 400m (56.3).

The men’s team earned the team title at the Joe Donahue Games, recording 104 points to hold off New Hampshire (98). Freshman Anthony Mazola had a banner day, winning the 200m with a time of 21.93 and placing second in the 60m dash. Senior Zach Keefer won the 500m in 1:06.5 and the Bears went 1-2-4 in the 3,000m, with junior Brandon Boyle (8:37) winning the event. At the Terrier Invitational, Brown recorded a number of top-10 performances, including senior Erik Berg, who placed 11th in the mile with a time of 4:03.9 in a field that included US Olympian Galen Rupp. Berg’s time is the fourth-fastest in Brown history.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 2, Coaches Tribute – Kingston, R.I.

Columbia
The Lions competed in the Metropolitan Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Armory in New York. The women won the event for the second-straight year and moved up to No. 78 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Columbia earned 172 points, more than 60 ahead of the second-place team, St. John’s (111.5). The Lions’ distance runners posted wins in the 1,000m, one mile, 5,000m, and 4,000m distance medley runs. Moreover, the Lions went 1-2 in both the 1,000m and one mile runs, won by seniors Erin Gillingham (2:48.25) and Mallory Anderson (4:58.92), respectively. Both runners were also part of the 4,000m distance medley winning team. Junior Marvellous Iheukwumere won the 200m with a time of 24.29, while the Lions proved successful in the field events as well, winning the high jump and triple jump, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the latter event.

The men finished sixth in the Metropolitan Championships, with 49 points. Freshman Tait Rutherford won the 3,000m in 8:29.58 and the 4,000m distance medley team placed first with a time of 10:05.29. The Lions also competed in the NYRR Night at the Armory event, going 1-2-3 in the mile with sophomore Paul Ross taking first (4:15.35). Columbia again won the 3,000m title, this time by sophomore Ben Eversole, who crossed the line in 8:20.97.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, New Balance Collegiate Invitational – The Armory (New York)

Cornell
Both Big Red squads broke a number of school records while competing in Boston University’s Terrier Classic.

The women are No. 70 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Junior Rachel Sorna became the first runner in program history to break the 16-minute mark in the 5,000m, crossing the line in 15:53.76 to place third and break a 21-year-old school record, held by Pam Hunt. Sorna is one of four runners across the nation to break the 16-minute mark in 2012-13 and her time ranks third in the country so far this season. Senior Katie Kellner finished sixth in the same event with a time of 16:11.85, currently the seventh-best mark in the nation. Junior Emily Shearer placed second in the 3,000m with a personal record 9:20.86, less than a tenth of a second away from first-place and fellow classmate Ebolutelese Airewele took second in the 400m (55.29). In the field events, senior Claire Dishong won the pole vault by clearing 12-5 ½.

The men come in at No. 31 in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings. Sophomore Stephen Mozia holds the second-best shot put mark in the country (65-3 ¼) and junior Montez Blair is tied for fourth in the nation in the high jump with a mark of 7-5 ¼. In the Terrier Invitational, senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig broke the school’s 200m record with a time of 21.39, coming in sixth in the process. Cornell’s lone victory in the invitational came in the shot put, where Mozia’s heave of 63-4 ¼ was good enough for first.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 2, Sykes-Sabock Challenge – University Park, Pa.

Dartmouth
For the women, junior Abbey D’Agostino holds the fastest times in the country in the mile and 3,000m at 4:31.47 and 8:55.41, respectively. D’Agostino’s teammates took part in the Terrier Invitational over the weekend, marking the third time the Big Green competed in Boston this season. Freshman Abby Markowitz’s time of 2:54.11 was good enough for second-place in the 1,000m and senior Katie Sullivan placed sixth out of almost 90 runners in the 3,000m with a time of 9:40.22.

For the men, junior John Bleday placed first in the 3,000m with a time of 7:59.33, the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season. He became one of four runners in the country to break the eight-minute mark in 2012-13. Senior Jonathan Gault earned second in the 5,000m, crossing the line in 14:25.81.

Next events: Friday, Feb. 1, New Balance Collegiate Invite – The Armory (New York)/Saturday, Feb. 2, Dartmouth Classic – Hanover, N.H.

Harvard
The Crimson competed in a pair of events over the weekend, the Texas A&M Challenge and the Terrier Invitational.

The women’s team comes in at No. 53 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll. In the Texas A&M Challenge, freshman Martina Salander placed second in the pentathlon with 4,094 points, tying her for fifth in the NCAA so far this season. She is the first Crimson to surpass 4,000 points, breaking the school record in the process. In the Terrier Invitational, the 4x400m relay team placed first, beating 40 other squads, with a winning time of 3:44.08, the third fastest indoor time in school history. Senior Sydnie Leroy matcher her personal best in the pole vault (12-1 ½) en route to a second-place finish.

For the men, senior Nico Weiler earned his first victory of the season, winning the pole vault event after clearning 16-8 ¾. Junior Damani Wilson placed sixth in the 60m at the Terrier Invitational with a time of 6.95.

Next event: Friday, Feb. 1, New Balance Collegiate Invitational - The Armory (New York)

Penn
The Quakers competed in the Saturday Night at the Armory event in New York, as the women placed fourth and the men took first.

The women placed fourth out of 12 teams with 97.5 points, trailing only Princeton (188.5), Maryland (124) and UMES (106). The Quakers went 2-3-4 in the pole vault, led by senior Davielle Brown (12-5 ½). Sophomore Annie Holland took third in the high jump with a leap of 5-5 ¼, while freshman Elyssa Gensib was one of three runners to break the 10-minute mark in the 3,000m, coming in at 9:51.22 to place second. Eliana Yankelev took third in the 60mH with a time of 9:09.

The men won their second-straight title after finishing first in the Mountainhawk Invite on Jan. 19. The Quakers placed first in four events en route to 164 points, well ahead of the second-place team, Army (139). Freshman Kirk Webb earned his first individual collegiate victory when he held off teammate Matt Chylak in the 800m with a time of 1:56.18. Sophomore Semi Ibikunle also won his first event in a Penn uniform, taking the long jump title with a leap of 21-3 ¼. Freshman Thomas Pitt won the high jump for the second-straight meet, clearing 6-6 ¾, and senior Tim Carey won the 500m with a time of 1:05.16. The men’s team comes in at No. 88 in the nation in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 2, Sykes-Sabock Challenge – University Park, Pa.

Princeton
The women competed in the NYRR College Night at the Armory II, coming in first out of 12 teams with 188.5 points, handily defeating second-place Maryland (124). The Tigers went 1-3-4-5-6 in the 3,000m with senior Mel Newbery placing first (9:47.41) and 1-2-3-4 in the mile with senior Alexis Mikaelian in front (4:49.30). Sophomore Kim Mackay won the 1,000m in 2:57.41 and junior Kristin Smoot (2:11.59) and senior Melissa Zajdel (2:11.70) went 1-2 in the 800m. The Tigers were also impressive in the field, as junior Imani Oliver and senior Tory Worthen posted victories in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively. Worthen held off Penn’s Davielle Brown in a “jump off,” clearing 12-9 ½ to earn the win. The women are ranked No. 98 in the latest USTFCCCA poll.

The men took part in the non-scoring Wesley A. Brown Invite hosted by Navy in Annapolis, Md. Princeton dominated the field, winning the 60m, 200m, 800m, mile, 3,000m, 5,000m and distance medley on the track, and the high jump, triple jump, long jump and shot put in the field. After their impressive performance, Princeton came in at No. 71 in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings.

Next events: Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 30-31, Princeton Heptathlon – Princeton, N.J. (men only)/Friday, Feb. 1, Armory Collegiate Invite – New York (women only)/Saturday, Feb. 2, Sykes-Sabock Challenge – University Park, Pa.

Yale
The Bulldogs competed in the Terrier Invitational. The women were led by freshman Shannon McDonnell and junior Emily Urciuoli, who each earned fifth-place finishes in their respective events. McDonnell placed fifth out of 49 runners in the 500m, crossing the line in 1:14.58, and Urciuoli took fifth in the pole vault after clearing 11-5 ¾.

The men proved to be successful in the field events, where junior Paul Chandler set a personal-best in the pole vault with a mark of 15-5, good enough for fourth-place, and senior Mike Levine placed seventh in the weight throw with a toss of 55-3. On the track, junior James Shirvell finished just over a second behind the first-place runner in the 800m, placing fifth with a time of 1:52.31. Senior Timothy Hillas won his 1,000m heat with a time of 2:27.82, which held up for seventh overall.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, Giegengack Invitational – New Haven, Conn.