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February 13, 2013

Indoor Track & Field Update - 6

USTFCCCA Division I Rankings Release

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Less than two weeks before the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships, which is setting up to be an exciting two days. Harvard’s Gordon Track will host the event, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24. Although Winter Storm Nemo disrupted many of the Ivy teams this past weekend, they still came through with spectacular performances and school and League records.

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

Brown
The Bears were scheduled to compete in Boston University’s St. Valentine’s Invite and MIT’s Co-ed Invite, but both events were canceled due to Winter Storm Nemo.

Next event: Thursday, Feb. 14, Boston University Fast Meet, 4pm

Columbia
The Lions took part in Lafayette Rider Winter Games at the Armory in New York. Junior Marvellous Iheukwumere led the women’s team with a pair of victories, taking the 60m in 7.63 and the 200m in 24.76. Senior Sharay Hale continued her comeback tour with a win in the 400m, crossing the line in 55.75. The 2010 and 2011 Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer missed last season due to injury. Columbia junior Trina Bills won the 800m with a time of 2:10.22 and the Lions went 1-2 in the mile with senior Erin Gillingham taking the title in 4:42.24. Not to be outdone, the field athletes won a number of events as well. Sophomore Nadia Eke led a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump with a leap of 41-1 ¼, senior Uju Ofoche won the long jump with a mark of 19-11 ¾ and freshman Madelyn Magee tied for first in the high jump after clearing 5-5.

The men’s team is ranked No. 64 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. The Lions went 1-2-3 in the 800m as junior Harry McFann won the event with a time of 1:50.05, followed by sophomores Brendon Fish (1:50.56) and Connor Claflin (1:50.62). Junior John Gregorek won the mile in 4:06.27 and junior Nico Composto won the 3,000m with a time of 8:12.37. Junior Duncan Dickerson won the weight throw with a toss of 55-6 and freshman Chancelor Griffin placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 45-0 ½.

Next event: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Cambridge, Mass.

Cornell
Most of the Big Red men’s and women’s teams took part in Cornell’s Kane Invite in Ithaca, N.Y., while a small group went to Ohio to compete in the SPIRE Invitational.

For the women, which are ranked No. 58 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, Rachel Sorna (9:12.97), Emily Shearer (9:17.77) and Katie Kellner (9:22.38) went 1-2-8 in the 3,000m. Sorna broke her own school record and Shearer and Kellner each set personal-bests in the process. Junior Devin McMahon also set a personal best, this time in the 5,000m, crossing the line in 16:53.35. Back home in Ithaca, freshman Dina Iacone won the 5,000m in 17:28.17 and sophomore Tess Berghoff took the 800m with a time of 2:13.38. The Big Red went 1-2 in the pole vault, led by senior Claire Dishong’s mark of 12-1 ½.

The men’s team stands just outside of the USTFCCCA poll, as it is ranked No. 27. Cornell’s weekend was highlighted by senior Nick Wade’s performance in the mile at the SPIRE Invite. Wade became the first Big Red to ever break the four-minute mark, crossing the line in 3:59.998, breaking the school record of 4:00.05 set by Bill Rathbun in 1990.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 16, Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational – Ithaca, N.Y.

Dartmouth
The Big Green was scheduled to compete in Boston University’s St. Valentine’s Invite and UNH’s Throws Meet, but both events were canceled due to Winter Storm Nemo. The Big Green women’s team continues to appear in the USTFCCCA top-25, as the squad comes in at No. 19, thanks in large part to junior Abbey D’Agostino, who holds the top times in the NCAA in the mile and 3,000m.

Next event: Sunday, Feb. 17, USATF-New England – Boston

Harvard
The Crimson competed in the annual HYP at Princeton, N.J. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished second behind Princeton.

The women’s team is ranked No. 52 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Harvard finished with 55 points at HYP, highlighted by junior Adabelle Ekechukwu, who broke the Ivy League record in the weight throw, set earlier this season by Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe, with a throw of 65-11 ¾. Ekechukwu became the first woman in League history to eclipse the 20-meter mark (20.11). Ratcliffe broke her own personal record while finishing second, setting up an exciting event in the Ivy League Indoor Championships. Sophomore Danielle Barbian broke her own school record in the 60m with a winning time of 7.59. Senior Sydnie Leroy tied for first with the three-time defending Ivy League indoor pole vault champion, Princeton’s Tory Worthen, with a mark of 12-10. Other winners for the women included senior Shannon Watt (shot put, 45-1), senior Mary Hirst (high jump, 5-10 ¾), sophomore Erika Veidis (800m, 2:14.18) and freshman Autumne Franklin (200m, 25.03).

The men earned 59 points to finish second behind Princeton (88), while besting Yale (23). The Crimson went 1-2-3 in the shot put and the weight throw, as sophomore Ben Glauser won the latter with a mark of 59-0 and junior Dustin Brode won the former with a mark of 57-1 ½. Junior Maksim Korolev won the mile with a time of 4:05.30 and sophomore Malcom Mason Rodriguez and junior Damani Wilson each placed second in the long jump and 60m dash, respectively.

Next event: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Cambridge, Mass.

Penn
The Quakers competed in the Lafayette Rider Winter Games at the Armory in New York.

Junior Gabrielle Piper won the 60m hurdles in 8.77 and freshman Theresa Picciallo took the shot put title with a heave of 44-4. Piper also placed fourth in the 60m with a time of 7.84, just behind senior Nony Onyeador, who placed second after crossing the line in 7.79. Senior Davielle Brown placed second in the pole vault, clearing 12-3 ½.

The men’s team saw four of its athletes win titles. Junior Mason Smith won the 60m dash with a time of 7.07, freshman Thomas Pitt placed first for the fourth time this season, winning the high jump with a mark of 6-6 ¼ and sophomore Jordan Jett won the triple jump when he landed his third jump at 45-10 ½. Sophomore Tom Timmins and senior Allante Keels went 1-2 in the 400m, crossing the line in 49.28 and 49.56, respectively.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 16, Princeton Invitational – Princeton, N.J.

Princeton
The Tigers hosted the annual HYP meet, as the men won for the 22nd-straight time and the women won for the fourth-straight year.

The women finished with 79 points, ahead of Harvard (55) and Yale (25). Senior Erin Guty led a 1-2-3 Princeton finish in the long jump, recording a leap of 18-6 ½. The Tigers also went 1-2-3 in the 3,000m, led by sophomore Emily de La Bruyere’s time of 9:31.47. Senior Greta Feldman won the mile in 4:52.46 and placed second in the 800m in 2:14.70, while sophomore Cecilia Barowski won the 400m (55.47) and took second in the 200m (25.15). Princeton also took both the 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m relays, as well as the pole vault (Tory Worthen) and triple jump (Imani Oliver). Freshman Julia Ratcliffe broke her own Ivy League record in the weight throw, only to see it surpassed by Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu, setting up an exciting event in the Ivy League Indoor Championships.

The men’s team earned 88 points, followed by Harvard (59) and Yale (23). Junior Tom Hopkins won two titles for the Tigers, the long jump (23-9 ½) and the 400m (48.95). Princeton went 1-2 in the triple jump, high jump, 60m hurdles and 3,000m. Junior Damon McLean set a personal record (51-1) en route to a victory in the triple jump, fellow classmate Omar Jarrett won the high jump with a mark of 6=9 ¼, freshman Gregory Caldwell won the 60m hurdles in 8.10 and junior Jonathan Vitez crossed the line first with a personal record 8:10.01 to win the 3,000m. Princeton also claimed victories in the 500m (Bradley Paternostro) and 800m (Russell Dinkins), as well as the 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m relays.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 16, Princeton Invitational – Princeton, N.J.

Yale
The Bulldogs competed in the annual HYP at Princeton as both teams came in third.

The women were led by freshman Mackenzie Mathews, who won the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.94. Freshman Karleh Wilson set the program’s seventh-best weight throw mark with a toss of 47-9, placing fourth in the event. Wilson then took second in the shot put, as her throw reached 43-9 ¾. Junior Teresa Parent placed second in the long jump (17-2) and fifth in the triple jump (35-10 ½).

The men went 1-2 in the pole vault as junior Paul Chandler (15-9) and freshman Brendan Sullivan (15-3) each performed well. Sophomore Dylan Hurley placed second in the 400m (50.24) and fellow classmate William Rowe finished third in the 500m (1:07.64), while sophomore John McGowan took second in the 1,000m with a time of 2:30.22.

Next event: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Cambridge, Mass.