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December 24, 2013

Indoor Track & Field Update - 2

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Seven of the eight Ivy League indoor track and field teams kicked off their campaigns and will now wait until next year to resume the 2013-14 season.

Columbia is the only school that has yet to open its season; the Lions’ first competition isn’t until Jan. 18, 2014. The first action of the 2013-14 season was highlighted by who else but Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino, who the 5K at the Carisella Invite with a meet record 15:40.55, the second-fastest time in Ivy League history.

The Bears hosted the Alden Invitational at the Olney Margolies Athletic Center, competing against Rhode Island and CCNY. For the women, Brown took home eight individual titles, including six by either a freshman or a sophomore. In her first collegiate competition, freshman Erin Schaeffer won the high jump after clearing 5-5 ¾, while sophomores Emmaline Suchland (60m dash), Lydia Davenport (3,000m), Lauren Morgan (1,000m), Uzoamaka Okoro (long jump) and Kebbeh Darpolor (weight throw) also placed first in their respective events. Senior Elizabeth Costa won the mile and fellow classmate Victoria Buhr claimed the shot put title.

On the men’s side, nine Bears too individual titles, along with the 4x400m relay team. The 500m and 800m races went to freshman Ben Ostrowski and sophomore William Garcia, respectively, while junior Henry Tufnell took the 1,000m race. Sophomore Christopher Garzia won the 60m hurdles. The Bears also faired well in the field events, as senior Sean Igelman (pole vault), senior Evan Weinstock (long jump), freshman Taylor Alarcon (triple jump), sophomore Matthew O’Hara (shot put) and fellow classmate Phuong Truong (weight throw) all won individual titles.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 11, Yale Invitational – New Haven, Conn.

The Lions have yet to open their 2013-14 season.
Next event: Saturday, Jan. 18, Dartmouth Tri-Meet – Hanover, N.H.

The Big Red hosted the Greg Page Relays, as each team placed first. The women garnered 153 points to defeat 10 other teams. Sophomore Dee Dee Akpeate won the 300m in 39:59, third-fastest time in Cornell school history, while fellow classmate Alexis Bartholomew took the pole vault with a mark of 11-9 ¾. Junior Zena Kolliesuah went wire-to-wire to win the 500m and the Big Red 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams also placed first.

The men took first with 247 points, led by senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig, who won individual titles in 60m and 300m and was a part of the winning 4x400m relay team. He was not the only Big Red to reach the top of the podium. Sophomore Max Hairston won the 60m hurdles and junior Cisco Olloqui led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 500m. Junior Stephen Mozia won the shot put and freshman Rudy Winkler took the weight throw, while senior Peter Roach (pole vault), senior Hercules Stancil (long jump), senior Dan Scott (triple jump) also placed first in their respective events. The rookie foursome of Brian Steck, Will Gibson, Adler Faulkner and David Taylor combined to win the DMR.

Next event: Friday, Jan. 10, Southern Tier Collegiate Open, Barton Hall – Ithaca, N.Y.

The Big Green competed in three non-team scoring events. At URI’s Multi Event, senior Janae Dunchack won the pentathlon with 3,760 points, besting 19 other competitors. The next day, the rest of the squad began the season at the Harvard Open, with six Big Green athletes winning titles, including Megan Krumpoch (800m), sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn (high jump) and senior Emmaline Berg (shot put). At the Carisella Invite the following week, senior Abbey D’Agostino made it 1-for-1 in 2013-14 races, winning the 5K in a meet record 15:40.55, the second-fastest time in Ivy League history, trailing only her own record of 15:28.11, set last season. Krumpoch, Whitehorn and Berg each won their second titles of the season, placing first in the 800m, high jump and shot put, respectively.

The men opened their season with the Harvard Open and then competed in the Carisella Invite. In Cambridge, Mass., sophomore John Abraham led the way with a win in the 60m dash and a fourth-place finish (second collegiate finisher) in the 200m. His teammate and fellow classmate Edward Wagner placed first in the latter race. The Big Green went 1-2-2 in the high jump, as freshman Alex Frye took top honors and fellow classmate Nico Robinson and junior Jeremy Birck tied for second. Dartmouth also won the pole vault (senior Josh Cyphers) and long jump (freshman Corey Muggler). Cyphers and Muggler also picked up wins at the Carisella Invitational, in the pole vault and triple jump, respectively. Freshman Phil Gomez picked up another win for the Big Green, placing first in the 500m.

Next event: Friday-Sunday, Jan. 10-12, Dartmouth Relays – Hanover, N.H.

The Crimson hosted the Harvard Open to kick off its 2013-14 season. The defending Ivy League Heptagonal champion Harvard women’s team started strong, claiming four titles. Sophomore Autumne Franklin won both the 300m dash (40.12) and the 60m hurdles (8.60), leading a contingent of Crimson in each race. Harvard also went 1-2 in the 60m dash with Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth, while junior Gabrielle Scott won the 600m.

The men were led by junior Jarvis Harris, who took individual titles in the 300m (35.38) and 60mH (8.03). His time in the latter event missed the school record by .01. Harvard went 1-2 in the 3K, with juniors Connor Reck and Nephat Maritim claiming the top two spots. Senior Ryan Romain gave the Crimson a win in the mile, crossing the line in 4:16.14.

Next event: Friday-Sunday, Jan. 10-12, Dartmouth Relays – Hanover, N.H.

The Quakers competed in Lehigh’s Fast Times Before Finals meet, with both the men and women placing first overall. The women garnered 56.5 points to defeat seven other teams, including the host Mountain Hawks (44), thanks to seven individual wins and a relay title. Senior Gabrielle Piper won the 60mH and placed third in the 60m dash, just behind junior Heather Bong, who also claimed first in the 200m. Freshman Ella Wurth, in her first collegiate meet, won the 1,000m, while the 4x400m relay team broke the facility record after crossing the line in 3:59.56, the first time any team broke the four-minute mark at Rauch Fieldhouse. The anchor of that relay team, freshman Noel Jancewicz, won the high jump to lead a quartet of field winners for the Quakers. Sophomore Gillian Berger won the long jump, fellow classmate Serena Graf took the shot put and junior Jenny Thompson placed first in the triple jump.

The men earned 39.5 points to finish ahead of host Lehigh (25.5) and East Stroudsburg (25), along with four other schools. Penn won six events, including sophomore Tom Pitt (heptathlon) and fellow classmate Chad Payne (60m, 200m). Pitt finished 24 points shy of becoming the fifth Quaker to break 5,000 points in the heptathlon. Another sophomore, Ben Bowers, won the 60mH with a career-best time of 8.30. Penn also went 1-2 in the 1,000m with junior Mato Bejelja taking the top title, along with the first four spots in the shot put, led by senior Jacob Brenza.

Next event: Saturday, Jan. 18, Lehigh Challenge – Bethlehem, Pa.

The Tigers hosted their annual New Year’s Invite at Jadwin Gym. Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe continued her dominance in the weight throw, winning with a mark of 64 ½, third-best mark in Ivy League history. Senior Imani Oliver, meanwhile, took the triple jump title after reaching 40-6 ¼. Despite the graduation of eight-time Ivy League pole vault champion Tory Worthen (Indoor and Outdoor combined), Princeton kept on winning in the event, as freshman Allison Harris cleared 11-5 ¾ to take the title. She also placed first in the 60mH.

The men’s team also won three events. Senior Tom Hopkins placed first in the 300m and also took second in the long jump with a personal record 24-11 ¾. Senior Scott Rushton led a 1-2-5 finish in the shot put with a throw of 54-5 ¼, just ahead of freshman Christopher Cook (53-8 ½). Rushton and Cook where the only competitors to pass the 16-meter mark. Junior Rob Mohr won the 60mH in 8.26 after posting the fastest time in qualifiers as well.

Next event: Sunday, Jan. 5, at Navy – Annapolis, Md.

The Bulldogs hosted the Yale Season Opener at Coxe Cage. The highlight for the women was the school record in the shot put set by sophomore Karleh Wilson, who reached 45-3 ¾. Wilson was not finished, however, as she also placed first in the weight throw with a heave of 53 ¾. Junior Alisha Jordan won both the long jump (18-1 ¾) and triple jump (38-11). The Bulldogs did well in the middle distance events, taking the first four spots in the mile with senior Sarah Barry finishing first and the first three spots in the 1,000m with freshman Delaney Fitzpatrick in the front. Yale also won the 4x800m relay.

The men were led by freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre, who finished first in the 200m (22.37), second in the 60m and was a member of the first-place 4x400m relay team that finished in 3:19.92. Alexandre's 200m time was faster than any the team recorded during the 2012-2013 indoor season. Senior James Shirvell won the mile, while sophomore Brendan Sullivan won the pole vault. Yale went 1-2 in the 1,000m with junior Michael Grace just ahead of freshman Tim Cox.

Next event: Friday, Jan. 11, Yale Invitational – New Haven, Conn.