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February 12, 2014

Indoor Track & Field Update - 5

Photos courtesy of Cornell, Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- If the 2013-14 indoor track and field season so far is any indication, the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships will be a can’t-miss event.

Dartmouth will host this year’s Indoor Championships at its Leverone Fieldhouse on Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2. Sunday’s finals will be streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national polls, Dartmouth is ranked No. 12 on the women’s side, while Cornell comes in at No. 16 on the men’s side. Princeton’s men’s team is just outside of the top-25, at No. 28.

Multiple Ivy League and school records have been broken this season, including a number just this past weekend. Here is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads:

Brown
The Bears competed at the Boston University Valentine’s Invite. The women were led by the distance medley relay squad of senior Kate DeSimone, freshman Taylor Worthy, junior Alexandra Stanton and freshman Lucy Van Kleunen, which placed second with a time of 11:49.98. DeSimone had double duty, as she finished 13th in the mile, while fellow classmate Sasha Teninty took 15th in the 800m.

The men saw four of its athletes record top-10 finishes, including sophomore Ned Willig, who finished 10th out of 235 runners in the 800m with a time of 1:50.04, second-fastest in the Ivy League so far this season. Senior Jeffrey Bush placed eighth in the 5K. In the field, junior Courtland Clavette earned sixth in the shot put, while senior Evan Weinstock placed eighth in the long jump.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, Iowa State Classic/Saturday, Feb. 15, Brown Invitational

Columbia
For the third-straight week, the Lions competed at the Armory in New York, this time in the Armory Collegiate Invitational hosted by the NYRR. The women were led by senior Marvellous Iheukwumere, who placed fifth in the 200m and 16th in the 60m, running with some of the nation’s best. Competing in the 800m, junior Nicole Bauer took 18th with a personal-best time of 1:16.88. In the field events, junior Nadia Eke placed third in the triple jump and fellow classmate Joanna Koronios set a personal-best in the weight throw en route to a 19th-place finish.

For the men, senior Harry McFann took second in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:49.26, as he looks to improve on his second-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships from a year ago. Junior Brendon Fish was close behind McFann, coming in fifth with a time of 1:50.06. Another junior recorded a top-10 finish, as Daniel Nestor placed ninth in the 1K, while freshman Rob Napolitano took eighth in the mile.

Next events: Saturday, Feb. 15, Lafayette-Rider Classic/Millrose Games – The Armory

Cornell
The Big Red took part in two competitions last weekend, the Boston University Valentine’s Invite and the Ithaca Four-Way meet. At BU, sophomore Udeme Akpaete broke her own school record in the 400m and placed second overall – first among collegiate runners – with a time of 54.02, fifth-best in Ivy League history. Junior Zena Kolliesuah was close behind Akpaete in fifth-place, and then the two went 7-8 in the 200m, with Kolliesuah in front. They were not finished, however, as they combined with junior Elyse Wilkinson and senior Ebolutalese Airewele to win the 4x400m in 3:40.22, second-fastest in program history and fifth-best in Ivy history. Wilkinson also finished eighth in the 800m. Sophomore Caroline Kellner was the top collegiate finisher in the 5K, finishing third overall with a time of 16:23.34. In the field, sophomore Hillary Holmes took fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump, while senior Anjelieque Parnell took fourth in the long jump. Sophomore Alexis Bartholomew placed eighth in the pole vault. Back in Ithaca, senior Rachel Sorna won the 3K, one of many Big Red to reach the top of the podium. Sophomore Jasmine Smith (60m, 200m), freshman Ailis Clyne (800m) and seniors Dominique Corley (60mH, long jump), Kelley Roach (triple jump) and Sarah Sherman (high jump) all won their respective events.

The men competed in three events, adding the Armory Collegiate Invitational to the mix. In New York, junior Stephen Mozia did what he does best, winning the shot put with a throw of 64-2 ½, the fourth-best mark in Ivy history. In fact, Mozia owns three of the top four marks in the Ivy League records book. Senior Dan Scott took third in the triple jump, fellow classmate Montez Blair did the same in the high jump and yet another senior, Bruno Hortelano-Roig, finished 10th in the 60m. In Boston, freshman Grant Sisserson again broke his own freshman pole vault record, clearing 16-6 ¾ to win the event. Senior Steven Bell took third in the long jump, while on the track sophomore Max Hairston finished fourth in the 60mH and fifth in the 500m. The Big Red went 4-5-6-9 in the 500m, led by junior Cisco Olloqui, who also helped Cornell’s 4x400m relay team take second-place. The Big Red won 10 events in Ithaca, including 1-2 finishes in the long jump, triple jump and high jump and a 1-2-3 finish in the 60mH.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, SPIRE Division I Collegiate Invitational – Geneva, Ohio/Saturday, Feb. 15, Ithaca College Bomber Invitational

Dartmouth
The Big Green was also among the teams at the Boston University Valentine’s Invite. Sophomore Kaitlin Whitehorn set a school record in the 60m, crossing the line in 7.60 to finish as the top collegiate runner and third overall. Whitehorn’s day wasn’t finished, however, as she placed second in the high jump. Senior Megan Krumpoch also was a runner-up, this time in the 500m, while sophomore Dana Giordano was eighth in the 3K and fellow classmate Jennifer Meech finished ninth in the 200m. In the field events, senior Emmaline Berg placed fourth in the shot put and 12th in the weight throw.

The highlight of the men’s performances was senior Will Geoghegan, who set the second-fastest time in Ivy League history in the 3,000m, finishing with a time of 7:51.57 to place second overall behind Harvard’s Maksim Korolev. In the process, Geoghegan broke Jim Sapienza’s Dartmouth record of 7:54.60, set in 1985. The Big Green’s other top-five finishes at BU came in the field, as senior Josh Cyphers finished second in the pole vault and freshman Alex Frye placed fifth in the high jump. Senior John Bleday finished 12th in the mile, setting a personal-record with the third-fastest time in Dartmouth history (4:00.69), just off the top-10 list in Ivy history.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 15, Scarlet and White Invite – Boston (hosted by BU)

Harvard
The Crimson took part in two events last weekend, the Armory Collegiate Invitational and the Boston University Valentine’s Invite. The women were led by the 4x400m relay team of freshman Jade Miller, sophomore Autumne Franklin, freshman Jackie Modessett and junior Gabrielle Scott, who set a school record with a time of 3:39.49 and placed fourth overall behind South Carolina, Arizona and Arkansas. Senior Adabelle Ekechukwu placed first among collegiate athletes (second overall) in the weight throw with a heave of 65-0 ½, third-best mark in Ivy history. Ekechukwu now owns the top three throws in League history. Freshman Nikki Okwelogu finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 48-7 ½. Another relay team shined at the BU Invite, as the DMR squad of junior Molly Renfer, sophomore Kieran Gallagher, sophomore Paige Kouba and freshman Stephanie Deccy placed first. Renfer also competed in the mile, finishing seventh overall and third among collegiate runners with the second-fastest time in program history (4:40.35). Junior Viviana Hanley also finished third among collegiate runners, this time in the 5K, where she was sixth overall. Freshman Raegan Nizdil and junior Ann Giebelhaus went 4-5 in the high jump.

For the men, the field events was where they made their mark in New York, as junior Ben Glouser placed 12th in the weight throw and 16th in the shot put, while senior Dustin Brode finished seventh in the shot put and 20th in the weight throw. At the BU Invite, senior Maksim Korolev bested Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan in the 3K by five one-hundreths of a second to place first. Korolev’s time of 7:51.52 is the fastest in Ivy history and the third in the NCAA so far this season. For his efforts, he was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week Honorable Mention. Fellow senior James Leakos ran the second-fastest time in Harvard history in the 5K, crossing the line in 13:51.22, fourth-fastest mark in Ivy history. Junior Will Geiken also placed in the 5,000m, finishing sixth, while fellow classmate Connor Reck finished 10th in the 1,000m and freshman Andrew Roney was seventh in the pole vault.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 15, HYP – New Haven, Conn.

Penn
The Quakers took part in Penn State’s annual Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, where the woman finished fifth with 65 points. Freshman Noel Jancewicz became the first Penn high jumper to clear 5-7 ¾ since 1995, when Tiffany Archer accomplished the feat. Jancewicz was the runner-up in the event. Sophomore Serena Graf took fifth in the weight throw, while sophomore Elyssa Gensib and freshman Ashley Montgomery went 4-5 in the mile. Freshman Cleo Whiting (second, 3K), junior Heather Bong (fifth, 200m), sophomore Gillian Berger (fifth, long jump), senior Kersie Jhabvala (fourth, 5K) and junior Lydia Ali (fourth, 60m) all earned top-five finishes. Ali also took sixth in the 200m.

The men garnered 71 points to finish fourth. Senior Maalik Reynolds broke his own record in the high jump, clearing 7-4 ¼ to win the event. His mark is the third-best in the nation so far this season and fourth-best all-time in Ivy League history. The Quakers went 6-7-8 in the shot put with senior Jacob Brenza, sophomore Sam Mattis and junior Marcus LaRoche. Mattis also placed seventh in the weight throw. On the track, sophomores Tom Awad and Clark Shurtleff went 1-2 in the mile, while fellow classmate Ben Bowers was third in the 60mH and senior Mato Bekelja was fourth in the 800m. The 3,000m saw two Penn runners place among the top-10 in sophomore William Meadows (fourth) and freshman Brendan Shearn (seventh). Junior Tom Timmins took sixth in the 400m.

Next events: Saturday, Feb. 15, Lafayette-Rider Classic/Millrose Games – The Armory

Princeton
The Tigers competed at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, where junior Emily de La Bruyere took not one but two individual titles, winning the mile and the 3K to help lead the women to a third-place finish (75.5 points). Senior Kacie O’Neil was the runner-up in the 600m and was a part of Princeton’s sixth-place finishing 4x400m relay team. Freshman Rachael Chacko took fifth in the 800m. Junior Imani Oliver took part at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, finishing 15th in the triple jump.

The men competed in three events, the Sykes & Sabock Challenge, the Armory Collegiate and the BU Valentine’s Invitational. The Tigers’ squad that went to Penn State finished seventh with 35 points. Sophomore Adam Bragg led the way with a win in the pole vault, while freshman Ben Gaylord took sixth in the event. Another freshman, Ray Mennin, took fourth in the 400m and then helped the 4x400m relay team place fourth. Sophomores Sam Berger and Michael Sublette and junior Matt Mazzaccaro went 5-6-8 in the 3K and junior Scott Rushton earned fifth in the shot put. At the Armory, senior Damon McLean won his signature event, the triple jump, with a mark of 51-6 ½. Meanwhile in Boston, the Tigers’ distance runners had a great day, as senior Michael Williams ran the mile in 3:59.63 to place third among collegiate runners, fellow classmate Chris Bendtsen took sixth in the 3K with a time of 7:57.44 and senior Tyler Udland was the runner-up in the 5K after crossing the line in 14:01.93, fourth-fastest in the nation so far this season. Sophomore Luke Brahm and freshman William Paulson ran hard in the 1,000m, placing third and eighth, respectively.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 15, HYP – New Haven, Conn.

Yale
The Bulldogs hosted their 10th-annual Giegengack Invitational. The women posted a number of impressive results, including four first-place finishes. Sophomore Mackenzie Matthews won the 60m, just ahead of senior Amanda Snajder, who took third. Sophomore Shannon McDonnell won in the 500m, while fellow classmate Grace Brittan took sixth. Yale went 1-2 in the mile, led by sophomore Emily Stark, and senior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault. A number of Bulldogs placed second in their events, including junior Kira Garry (1,000m) junior Emily Cable (400m), Snajder (shot put) and junior Alisha Jordan (triple jump).

The men were led by freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre, who finished the two-day event with three titles, including two individual. He won the 200m and the 400m and was a member of Yale’s winning 4x400m relay team. Senior Dana Lindberg came close to winning two events, placing first in the long jump and second in the 60m. The other winners for the Bulldogs were sophomore Brendan Sullivan (pole vault) and freshman James Randon (3K). Sophomore Kevin Dooney was the runner-up in two events, the mile and the 3K.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 15, HYP – New Haven, Conn.