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February 6, 2014

Indoor Track & Field Update - 4

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Over the last two weeks of Ivy League indoor track & field action, Ivy records were broken and personal-bests were set, as the Ancient Eight heads down the stretch towards the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2 at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House in Hanover, N.H.

Ivy League track and field fans will be happy to know that Sunday’s events of the Indoor Championships will be streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings, the Dartmouth women's team comes in at No. 13 while the Cornell men's squad is No. 14. Princeton men is just outside the top-25 at No. 29, while the Harvard women are No. 32.

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

Brown
At the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 25, senior Heidi Caldwell broke the school record in the 3,000m, crossing the line in 9:28.48 to place seventh overall. Caldwell was not the only Bear to run well in the 3K, as sophomore Lily Harrington won the event at Northeastern’s Joe Donahue Games, finishing in 9:51.96. Among the others competing in the Joe Donahue Games were senior Victoria Buhr and sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor, who won the shot put and weight throw, respectively. The next week, the entire team went to the URI Coaches Invitational, where it placed second out of nine teams. Brown finished with 114.5 points, trailing only host Rhode Island (170.5). Buhr again won the shot put, qualifying for the ECAC Championships in the process, while Darpolor was the runner-up in the weight throw. Brown went 1-2 in the triple jump, with sophomore Uzoamaka Okoro placing first and fellow classmate O’Sha Williams in second.

Meanwhile for the men, sophomore Ned Willig set a school record in the 1K at the Terrier Invite, crossing the line in 2:22.35 to place first. It is the fifth-fastest time in Ivy League history. Senior Evan Weinstock placed first in the heptathlon at Harvard’s Multi-Events Challenge with 5,214 points, the highest point total in the Ivy League so far this season. At the Joe Donahue Games, freshman Raul Green took the 200m race, while sophomore Ryan Kelly and senior Ajani Brown went 1-2 in the 400m. Junior Jordan Mann was the runner-up in the 3,000m, finishing in 8:16.67. In the field events, junior Courtland Clavette won the shot put and senior Sean Igelman finished second in the pole vault. The next week at the URI Invite, Brown placed third with 80 points, trailing only UConn (220) and Rhode Island (98.75). The Bears recorded a number of top-three finishes, including sophomore Will Conway (third, 1,000m), freshman Nkosi Jones (second, long jump), freshman Taylor Alarcon (third, triple jump), Clavette (second, shot put), sophomore Matthew O’Hara (third, shot put) and the 4x400m relay team (third).

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, Boston University’s Valentine’s Invitational – Boston

Columbia
The Lions competed in the NYU Team Challenge at the Armory on Jan. 24. Senior Marvellous Iheukwumere took the 60m dash in a program-record time of 7.46, matching the second-fastest time in Ivy League history, previously accomplished by Cornell’s Melissa Hewitt in 2009 and 2011. Iheukwumere was joined in the winner’s circle by sophomore Ashley Cunningham, who picked up her first win of the season in the 200m, just ahead of fellow classmate Jaycee Parker. Columbia also received a first-place run by junior Aryn Foland in the mile. Three Lions won field events, in junior Nadia Eke (long jump), freshman Gardeni Cenanaro (pole vault) and sophomore Madelyn Magee (high jump). At the Columbia Invitational the following week, Eke again posted an impressive performance, winning the triple jump with a school record leap of 42-5 ¼, breaking her own mark for the fifth-best jump in Ivy League history. Iheukwumere won again, this time in the 200m, while Parker took the 400m title and was part of Columbia’s winning 4x400m relay team. In the field, Centanaro again won the pole vault.

The men also took part in the NYU Team Challenge and saw a number of top-five performances, including a 4-5 finish in the 500m with sophomore Corey Hammond and senior Sam Miner. Columbia also went 3-5-6 in the 400m, led by junior Kevin Boyd, and placed second in the 4x400m relay. At their home invitational, two Lions picked up victories, as sophomore Chancelor Griffin won the triple jump and senior Harry McFann placed first in the 800m. Columbia also went 2-4 in the 500m and placed five runners in the top-10 in the mile, led by senior John Gregorek, who finished second.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, New Balance Collegiate Invitational – The Armory (New York)

Cornell
The Big Red competed in three events over the past two weeks, all at home. Cornell hosted a penthatlon on Jan. 24, won by sophomore Hillary Holmes with 3,724 points, the second-best performance in school history. The next day, Cornell took first in the Upstate Challenge with 162 points to hold off Buffalo (116) and Albany (101), among other teams. The Big Red went 1-2 in the 400m, 800m and 3,000m, while also recording wins in the 4x800m and 4x400m relay teams. In the field, Cornell was led by senior Anjelique Parnell, who placed second in the long jump. The next week, in the Robert Kane Invitational, Cornell won seven events against tough competition. Parnell led the way with wins in the long jump and 60m, while three of her teammates took the top three spots in the 5,000m, led by sophomore Maggi Szpak. Fellow classmate Kristen Niedrach went wire-to-wire to win the 800m and junior Abbie Clifford won the 500m. The field events saw sophomore Alexa Bartholomew win the pole vault and senior Jennifer Bush win the high jump.

The men, meanwhile, garnered 174.5 points to win the Upstate Challenge, defeating Buffalo (87) by almost 90 points. The Big Red was led by junior Stephen Mozia, who set an Ivy League and Nigerian national record in the shot put with a toss of 67-4. The previous Ivy mark was 66-1 ¾, set by Princeton’s August Wolf in 1983. Mozia also placed third in the weight throw, just behind sophomore Bryan Rhodes. Freshman Grant Sisserson won the pole vault and senior Montez Blair took the high jump title. On the track, senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig was the 200m champ and fellow classmate Chris Bain was the runner-up in both the 60m and 200m. Cornell went 1-2-3 in the 400m, led by freshman Tobi Attah. At the Robert Kane Invite, a trio of sophomores led the way on the track, as Max Hairston won the 500m, Ty Kawalec won the 5K and Ben Rainero took the 3K. In the field, Blair led a 1-2-3 Cornell contingent in the high jump, while Sisserson again won the pole vault and freshman Robert Plummer took the triple jump.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, Boston University’s Valentine’s Invitational – Boston

Dartmouth
Sometimes it is easy being green. Dartmouth took part in a pair of Boston-area competitions on Jan. 24-25, the Terrier Invite and the Joe Donahue Games. Senior Abbey D’Agostino did what she does best, winning events in record fashion. D’Agostino, the first Authentic Ivy feature, set a new Ivy League record in the mile at the Terrier Invite, crossing the line in 4:28.31 to beat her own mark from a year ago. She earned USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week Honorable Mention for her efforts. D’Agostino was less than three seconds back of the collegiate record for the event (4:25.91) and tied Villanova’s Vicki Huber as the third-fastest mark ever run by a collegiate woman and the seventh best in American history during the indoor season. Senior Megan Krumpoch also set a school record, this time in the 800m, crossing the line in 2:06.31 to place second. At the Donahue Games, the Big Green posted two second-place finishes in the 400m (sophomore Jennifer Meech) and the shot put (senior Emmaline Berg). The next week, in the Dartmouth Classic, sophomores Kaitlin Whitehorn and Anna Kikut went 1-2 in the 60m, while freshman Katy Sprout and Whitehorn did the same in the 200m. Sophomore Elizabeth Markowitz won the 1,000m and Dartmouth also went 1-2 in the shot put, led by Berg. Another field winner for the Big Green was sophomore Stephanie Brown, who took the pole vault title.

D’Agostino was not the only Big Green to set an Ivy League record in the mile and earn USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week Honorable Mention, as senior Will Geoghegan crossed the line in 3:58.04 to break a 20-year-old Dartmouth indoor record. He is just the second Big Green runner to break the four-minute mile, as Ben True accomplished the feat during the outdoor season. Geoghegan was followed by his fellow classmates Steve Mangan and John Bleday, who went 6-7. Other top finishes included junior Dylan O’Sullivan, who placed fifth in the 5,000m. The next week, in the Dartmouth Classic, the Big Green was led by its field competitors, as freshman Ben Nollet, senior Josh Cyphers and junior TJ Servino won the high jump, pole vault and weight throw, respectively. Sophomore Edward Wagner led the track contingent with a win in the 500m title, while freshman Connor Clark was second in the 3K and sophomore John Abraham did the same in the 60m.

Next events: Feb. 7-8, Boston University’s Valentine’s Invitational – Boston/Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, New Balance Collegiate Invitational – The Armory (New York)

Harvard
The Crimson competed in a pair of events on Jan. 24-25, hosting a Multi Challenge and then taking part in Boston University’s Terrier Invite. Sophomore Madison Hansen won the pentathlon with 3,590 points, while freshman Haley Baker came in third. At the Terrier invite, the 4x400m relay team broke the school record with a time of 3:40.41, the fifth-fastest time in Ivy League history. Junior Erika Veidis, a member of that squad, also won the 800m in record fashion, as her time of 2:05.55 is also fifth-best in Ivy history. Yet another member of that 4x400m team, junior Gabrielle Scott, posted the seventh-fastest time in League history in the 400m (54.48), as she placed second among collegiate athletes. At the Harvard Invitational the next week, junior Danielle Barbian broke her own school record in the 60m, clocking in at 7.52 to place first. She was followed closely by junior Ashley Collinsworth, whose time of 7.95 ranks second-fastest in program history. The Crimson took the top five spots in the 60mH, led by sophomore Autumne Franklin. Other winners included sophomore Christi Scott (200m), senior Adabelle Ekechukwu (weight throw), freshman Nikki Okwelogu (shot put), freshman Ragan Nizdil (high jump) and the 4x400m relay team.

The men were led at the Terrier Invite by senior Maksim Korolev. The Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country individual champion posted the fastest 5K time in the NCAA this season en route to breaking a Harvard record that had stood since 1996. He finished in 13:42.56, a new Ivy League record. The Crimson also had a top-five finisher in the shot put, as Ben Glauser finished fourth. At its home invitational, Harvard earned four titles, as senior Andrew Ezekoye won the 60m, junior Jarvis Harris took the 60mH, senior Dustin Brode placed first in the weight throw and freshman Andrew Roney won the pole vault.

Next events: Feb. 7-8, Boston University’s Valentine’s Invitational – Boston/Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, New Balance Collegiate Invitational – The Armory (New York)

Penn
The Quakers took part in the Haverford Invitational on Jan. 25, winning a combined 11 events between the men and women’s teams, including 10 by underclassmen. For the women, senior Jenny Thompson was the lone upperclassman to earn a victory, as she won the triple jump. Thompson was also fourth in the long jump, part of a 1-2-3-4 day for Penn, led by sophomore Gillian Berger. The other Quakers to win their respective events were freshman Noel Jancewicz (800m), freshman Ashley Montgomery (mile), freshman Cleo Whiting (3,000m) and sophomore Eliana Yankelev (60mH). Penn then took part in the Columbia Invitational at The Armory. Junior Princess Lydia Ali placed second in the 60m and fourth in the 200m, while sophomore Elyssa Gensib finished second in the 3K and Jancewicz was the runner-up in the high jump.

Three of those event wins for the men came from one athlete, sophomore Ben Bowers, who took the titles in the 60m, 60mH and the 200m. The Quakers went 1-2 in the mile, with sophomore Thomas Awad barely beating out fellow classmate Clark Shurtleff. In the field, another sophomore finished first, this time Jordan Jett in the triple jump. Awad was at it again in the Columbia Invitational, finishing as the top collegiate runner in the 3,000m. Senior Maalik Reynolds won the high jump, just ahead of fellow classmate Nate Harriger. Penn’s other victory on the day came from sophomore Timothy Hamlett, who won the 500m. In the field, senior Jake Brenza was the top collegiate finisher in the weight throw with a heave of 54-10.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 8, Sykes Sabock Cup – State College, Pa. (Penn State)

Princeton
Competing in their own Tiger Open, the home team won six events on the women’s side. Four of those wins came in the field events, including the high jump, where Princeton went 1-2-2-5 with sophomore Taylor Morgan taking the top spot. The other field winners were sophomore Julia Ratcliffe (weight throw), senior Imani Oliver (triple jump) and senior Lily Miller (long jump). On the track, the Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 500m with sophomore Meghan McMullin placing first, and placed first in the DMR. At the Columbia Invitational the next week, Ratcliffe again reached the top of the podium, as she was the only weight throw competitor to go beyond 18 meters. The other winners were freshman Lizzie Bird (1,000m), junior Emily de La Bruyere (3,000m) and freshman Allison Harris (pole vault).

The men competed in three events over the past two weeks, at the Tiger Open on Jan. 25, the Penn State National Open on Jan. 31 and the Columbia Invitational on Feb. 1. At the Tiger Open, Princeton won five events, including four in the field events. The Tigers went 1-2-4 in both the long jump and the high jump, led by senior Tom Hopkins and freshman Xavier Bledsoe, respectively. Rounding out the other field winners, senior Damon McLean claimed the triple jump and freshman Jared Bell won the shot put. Princeton also went 2-3 in the weight throw, led by senior Jake Taylor. On the track, the Tigers went 1-2-4-5 in the 60m with sophomore Dre Nelson in first. Sophomore Greg Caldwell, who placed fifth in the 60m, also finished second in the 60mH. In the 400m, junior Daniel McCord and sophomore Jabari Johnson went 2-3. Nelson was just getting started, however, as he set a program record in the 60m at the Columbia Invitational, crossing the line in 6.79 during the prelims. It matched the fifth-best time in Ivy League history. The only Tiger to reach the top of the podium was freshman Benjamin Gaylord (pole vault).

Next events: Feb. 7-8, Boston University’s Valentine’s Invitational – Boston/Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, New Balance Collegiate Invitational – The Armory (New York)

Yale
The Bulldogs competed in the Boston University Terrier Invite, where the women posted numerous top-10 finishes. Senior Emily Urciuoli led the way with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 11-9 ¾. Sophomore Karleh Wilson took sixth in the shot put, the same placement for fellow classmate Shannon McDonnell in the 800m. Freshman Meredith Rizzo finished seventh in the 1,000m and sophomore Megan Toon was 10th in the high jump.

For the men, senior James Shirvell got in on the “break a program record in the mile” action, crossing the line in 4:00.54 to place third out of 176 runners and break the previous Yale mark by almost four seconds. His time is just outside of the top-10 fastest marks in Ivy League history. Shirvell was not the only stellar performance, as sophomore Brendan Sullivan won the pole vault and freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre came in third in his first-ever collegiate 400m race.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, Giegengack Invitational – New Haven, Conn.