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Indoor Track & Field Update - 5

Cornell's Montez Blair
Cornell's Montez Blair

USTFCCCA Division I Rankings Release

Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a weekend in which many of the Ancient Eight competed against each other, the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships is shaping up to be an exciting event. The two-day tournament will take place at Harvard’s Gordon Track on Feb. 23-24.

The highlight of the weekend’s events was Cornell junior Montez Blair matching Penn’s two-time Ivy League Indoor champion Maalik Reynolds in the high jump at Penn State’s Sykes-Sabock Challenge

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

The Bears competed in the Tribute Meet hosted by University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

The women’ finished fifth out of 11 teams with 60 points. Brown went 1-2 in the weight throw as senior Lacey Craker’s toss of 58-1 was good enough for first. Fellow classmate Hannah Wallace earned herself a trip to the top of the podium after clearing 11-7 ¾ in the pole vault and senior Elaine Kuckertz won the 1,000m with a winning time of 2:57.  

The men placed seventh out of 11 teams with 48 points. Junior Ajani Brown and senior Kenneth Thompson each recorded wins for the Bears. Brown took the 400m title with a time of 50.22, while Thompson’s leap of 46-11 ½ led the way in the triple jump.

Next event: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 8-9, Boston University Valentine Invitational – Boston

The Lions competed in the two-day Armory Invitational in New York, setting school records in the process.

For the women’s team, which is ranked No. 79 by the USTFCCCA, senior Erin Gillingham won the 3,000m with a time of 9:37.55, while junior Caroline Williams placed seventh in the 5,000m championship heat with a time of 16:53.51. A pair of relay teams also performed well, as the 4 x 800m squad of Olivia Sadler, Emily Krasinski, Trina Bills and Madeline Rathbun won the championship race with a time of 8:50.55, while the foursome of Jaycee Parker, Sharay Hale, Marvellous Iheukwumere and Maura McKendrick ran the New York 4 x 400m relay in 3:49.81, good for second-place.

For the men, the first day of the invitational saw the distance medley relay team of John Gregorek, Connor Claflin, Harrison McFann and Mark Feigen break the Columbia school record with a fourth-place time of 9:40.67, marking the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. Sophomore Brendon Fish placed second in the 1,000m championship with a time of 2:24.10, while fellow classmate Brendan Donley wasn’t far behind, placing 12th with a time of 2:27.91. Donley also took ninth in the 800m with a time of 1:54.65 and sophomore Daniel Everett finished fourth in the 3,000m championship, crossing the line in 8:08.73.

Next event: Friday, Feb. 8, Lafayette Winter Rider Games – The Armory (New York)

The Big Red teams competed in two events last weekend. First, in the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge in University Park, Pa., the women placed sixth out of 13 teams, while the men took third out of 12 teams. Then in the Bomber Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y.,

The women’s team is ranked No. 73 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Cornell earned 55.5 points in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge and was led by junior Emily Shearer and senior Genna Hartung, who went 1-3 in the mile. Shearer led wire-to-wire en route to a career-best 4:44.93, while Hartung also set a personal best with a time of 4:52.86. Senior Katie Kellner placed second in the 3,000m with a time of 9:44.33 and the 4 x 400m relay team of Ebolutalese Airewele, Zena Kolliesuah, Ryan Woolley and Katie Woodford took second with a time of 3:43.58. In the Bomber Invitational, freshman Kristen Niedrach won the 1,000m in 2:56.41 and junior Liz Simpson won the 3,000m in 10:30.88.

The men’s team, ranked No. 33 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, scored 95 points at Penn State to finish third behind the host team (133) and UConn (106). Cornell scored high in the jumps especially, as junior Montez Blair cleared 7-1 to win the high jump and fellow classmates Steven Bell and Hercules Stancil tied for first in the long jump, reaching 23-8 ¼. Sophomore Stephen Mozia took second in the shot put with a heave of 61-2. On the track, the Big Red recorded three second-place finishes from senior Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon (60m, 6.80), sophomore Ben Potts (3,000m, 8:28.06) and the distance medley relay team (9:54.14). Back home in Ithaca, N.Y., the Big Red recorded wins in the 800m, 1,000m and mile.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, BU’s Valentine Invitational – Boston; Saturday, Feb. 9, Kane Invitational – Ithaca, N.Y.; Saturday, Feb. 9, SPIRE Collegiate Invitational – Cleveland

The Big Green hosted the Dartmouth Classic, a non-scoring event. On the women’s side, sophomore Lauren Ready and freshman Jennifer Meech each recorded the seventh-fastest times in their respective events, the 60m hurdles (9.19) and the 400m (57.54). The other winners for the Big Green were junior Megan Krumpoch (800m, 2:12.81), freshman Toni Aguiar (200m, 26.42), 4 x 400m relay (3:56.26) Emmaline Berg (shot put, 45-3 ½). Senior Cara Vernacchia won both the long jump (17-1 ¼) and the triple jump (35-11 ½). Dartmouth is ranked No. 15 in the latest USTFCCCA poll thanks to junior Abbey D’Agostino’s top NCAA times in the mile and 3,000m.

For the men, junior Jalil Bishop won the 200m and 400m races with times of 22.83 and 50.96, respectively. He was joined at the top of the podium by freshman Jack Terwilliger, who won the 1,000m in 2:32.73, the 4 x 400m relay team (3:25.22), junior Dom Filiano (shot put, 54-0) and Thomas Servino (weight throw, 55-1). Senior Jacob Evanter was the top collegiate finisher in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.22.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, BU’s Valentine Invitational – Boston

The Crimson competed in the Armory Invitational in New York and the Tufts Stampede in Medford, Mass.

The women’s team is ranked No. 54 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Harvard’s 4 x 400m team ran the third-fastest time in school history, as Erika Veidis, Gabrielle Scott, Olivia Abbate and Autumne Franklin placed ninth in the championship with a time of 3:44.65, just the third group to break the 3:45.00 mark in the event in team history. In the 3,000m, junior Morgan Kelly took seventh with a personal-best 9:48.99 and sophomore Molly Renfer set the seventh-fastest 800m time in school history (2:09.39). In the Tufts Stampede, sophomore Ashley Collinsworth led the way with a second-place finish in the 60m dash, recording a time of 7.82.

For the men, senior Nico Weiler matched his indoor personal best and school record in the pole vault, placing fourth after clearing 17-4 ¾. Senior Jeff Homer placed seventh in the 800m championship race with a time of 1:52.44. Junior Jonathan Sparks' clearance of 6-6 ¼ in the high jump earned him a fourth-place finish in the Eastern event. Freshman David Trompke took third in the 60m dash at the Tufts Stampede to lead the Crimson, finishing in 7.17.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 9, HYP – Princeton, N.J.

The men’s and women’s teams each competed in Penn State’s Sykes-Sabock Challenge, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively, out of 14 teams.

The women earned 26 points thanks to a number of solid performances. Penn went 3-5 in the pole vault as senior Davielle Brown cleared 12-3 ½ and senior Jillian Hart cleared 11-9 ¾. Junior Chelsey Delaney broke the five-minute mark in the mile for the second-straight week, recording a time of 4:58.87 to place eighth. Junior Gabby Piper took sixth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.76 and sophomore Kersie Jhabvala was seventh in the 3,000m with a time of 10:05.23.

The men’s squad recorded 43 points to finish seventh. Junior Maalik Reynolds placed second in the high jump despite matching the mark of first-place finisher Montez Blair (Cornell) at 7-1, which will set up an exciting matchup in the Ivy League Indoor Championships. The Quakers’ 4 x 400m team of Allante Keels, Tim Hamlett, Harrison Scharf and Tom Timmins took fourth with a time of 3:16.51, senior Kevin Foy placed fourth in the 5,000m with a time of 15:01.56 and junior Jake Brenza finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 52-10 ¾.

Next event: Friday, Feb. 8, Lafayette Winter Rider Games – The Armory (New York)

The Tigers competed in a pair of events, the Sykes-Sabock Challenge and the Armory Invitational.

The women’s team comes in at No. 94 in the latest USTFCCCA poll after placing second at Penn State. The Tigers finished with 86 points and trailed only the host team (177.5). Princeton won three events, as sophomore Jackie Nicholas took the 5,000m title with a time of 16:33.39, more than 23 seconds faster than the second-place runner, teammate Abby Levene (16:56.82). Senior Mel Newbery placed seventh in the mile (4:58.82) and was also a part of the winning distance medley relay team. The Tigers went 2-3-7 in the 800m. Senior Greta Feldman was the first to cross the line (2:08.78), followed by fellow classmates Alexis Mikaelian (2:09.79) and Melissa Zajdel (2:13.46). Princeton’s third win on the day came from senior Tory Worthen, who won her signature event, the pole vault, after clearing 12-7 ½.

The men’s squad is ranked at No. 78 by the USTFCCCA . The Tigers took seventh at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge with 43 points. Junior Tom Hopkins placed second in the 400m with a time of 47.58 and then helped Princeton win third in the 4 x 400m relay, as Tom Scott, Bradley Paternostro and Austin Hollimon joined him to record a time of 3:16.32. The Tigers also placed third in the distance medley relay and the 3,000m. The DMR team of Russell Dinkins, Tyler Udland, Sam Berger and Brian Poirier finished in 9:57.90 and in the 3,000m, freshman Brett Kelly clocked in at 8:28.42. In the Armory Invitational, senior Michael Franklin placed second in the 3,000m with a personal-record time of 8:04.59.

Next events: Saturday, Feb. 9, Husky Classic (Men only) – Seattle; Saturday, Feb. 9, HYP – Princeton, N.J.

The Bulldogs hosted the Giegengack Invitational at Coxe Cage on Friday and Saturday. The women won four events, as senior Jennifer Donnelly took the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 17:31.23, junior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault with a mark of 11-9 ¾, freshman Shannon McDonnell finished first in the 800m with a time of 2:13.75 and senior Nihal Kayali recorded a time of 9:37.47 to win the 3,000m. Sophomore Emily Cable set a school-record in the 400m, crossing the line in 56.19 to place second and break a mark that had stood since 1982. Sophomore Alisha Jordan also took second, this time in the triple jump, with a leap of 37-4. The Bulldogs also earned third-place in three events, the shot put, triple jump and mile.

For the men, Yale took the first five spots in the 5,000m, led by senior Kevin Lunn’s time of 14:29.18. His effort was matched by junior James Shirvell, who won the 1,000m with a time of 2:26.08, and senior Timothy Hillas, who won the 3,000m in 8:11.35, a personal-record and the sixth-best time in school history. The Bulldogs’ 4 x 400m relay team of Dylan Hurley, Mario Kranjac, William Rowe and Nnamdi Udeh placed third with a time of 3:20.42 and junior Paul Chandler took fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 14-9. Senior Mike Levine led the way in the field events with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw, recording a toss of 56-10 ¾.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 9, HYP – Princeton, N.J.