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February 19, 2014

Indoor Track & Field Update - 6

Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Another week, another set of impressive results.

With just over a week remaining before the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 1-2 at Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House, the Ancient Eight is in fine form, setting up what should be a very exciting two days of track and field.

Sunday’s finals of the Ivy League Championships will be streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network, starting at noon.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national polls, the Dartmouth women are ranked No. 23, while Harvard is at No. 37. On the men’s side, Cornell is No. 24 and the Crimson is No. 30.

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

Brown
The Bears competed in two events last weekend, traveling to take part in the Iowa State Classic and hosting the Brown Invitational. Senior Heidi Caldwell placed seventh in the 5,000m with a time of 16:13.72, just over a second behind the all-time program record. At its home invite, Brown won 11 events, including seveon on the track: junior Alex Stanton (400m), freshman Taylor Worthy (1,000m), sophomore Emmaline Suchland (60m), senior Sasha Teninty (500m), sophomore Lily Harrington (mile), junior Alexandra Conway (3,000m) and freshman Najatee McNeil (60mH). In the field events, sophomore Morayo Akande earned the high jump title, senior Victoria Buhr took the shot put, sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor placed first in the weight throw and Uzoamaka Okoro won the triple jump.

For the men at the Iowa State Classic, the Bears were led by a pair of middle-distance runners, as senior Matthew Bevil and junior Henry Tufnell went 17-18 in the 800m. Back home in Providence, R.I., sophomore Ryan Kelly and senior Colin Savage won the 400m and 1,000m, respectively, while junior Courtland Clavette (shot put) and Matthew O’Hara (weight throw) also won their events.

Next event: Sunday, Feb. 23, New England Championships – Cambridge, Mass.

Columbia
The Lions competed in the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games at The Armory in New York. On the women’s side, Columbia collected seven individual wins, including two by senior Marvellous Iheukwumere (60m, 200m). The Lions went 1-2-4 in the 800m, led by senior Trina Bills, and 1-3-5-6-7 in the 3,000m, with junior Waverly Neer taking the top spot. Sophomore Olivia Sadler too home the 1,000m title and the Lions’ 4x400m relay team also placed first. In the field, junior Nadia Eke led the way in a 1-2-3 finish for Columbia in the triple jump.

The men garnered five wins, including senior Harry McFann’s first-place finish in the 800m. He led a convoy of Lions, as Columbia went 1-2-4-5 in the event. Senior Daniel Everett won the mile, just ahead of three teammates, who went 3-4-5. In the 3,000m, six Lions placed among the top-10, including the first two spots, which went to senior Tim Cousins and junior Paul Ross. Junior Ben Eversole won the 5,000m and Columbia’s 4x400m relay team also proved victorious. Senior John Gregorek competed in the NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory, placing 10th overall and fourth among collegiate runners.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 22, Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational – South Bend, Ind.

Cornell
The Big Red competed in two events over the weekend, the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, and the Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College. In Ohio, the women’s team’s performance was highlighted by its 4x400m relay team of senior Ebolutalese Airewele, sophomore Udeme Akpaete and juniors Zena Kolliesuah and Elyse Wilkinson, who placed second overall with a time of 3:38.48, best in Cornell history and third-fastest mark in Ivy League history. Akpaete also finished fourth in the 400m. Senior Rachel Sorna placed sixth in the 5K and ninth in the 3K, while fellow classmate Emily Shearer took sixth in the mile. Back in Ithaca, the Big Red took home three first-place finishes, winning the 60mH, mile and 1,000m.

The men were led by senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig, who placed second in the 200m in 20.84, setting an Ivy League record and Spanish national record. It’s also the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. The Big Red 4x400m relay team of sophomores Larry Gibson and Max Hairston, junior Hong Cho and Hortelano-Roig set the second-fastest time in League history, crossing the line in 3:10.14 for fourth-place. Cho also won the 800m, while Hairston took fourth in the 60mH. In the field events, senior Montez Blair won the high jump in 7-1 ¾, just ahead of fellow classmate Tommy Butler, who placed third. Junior Stephen Mozia was second in his signature event, the shot put. In the Bomber Invitational, Cornell won four events, including the 400m, 500m, 1,000m and high jump.

Next event: Saturday, Feb. 22, Marc Deneault Invitational – Ithaca, N.Y. (Hosted by Cornell)

Dartmouth
The Big Green sent most of its team to the Boston University’s Scarlet and White Invite, while senior Abbey D’Agostino went further south to New York to run in the Millrose Games at The Armory in New York. There, she posted the fourth-fastest time ever by a collegiate woman in the 3K, crossing the line in 8:51.91 to place fourth overall. The race featured 12 professionals. She broke her own all-time Ivy League record and set the top time in the 3,000m in the NCAA so far this season. For her efforts, D’Agostino was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. She now owns top-four NCAA all-time marks in the mile, 5K and 3K. In Boston, senior Megan Krumpoch was the top collegiate runner in the 800m, placing second overall, while fellow classmate Emmaline Berg won the shot put.

The men sent the entire team to BU, where freshman Alex Frye won the 60mH and place second in the high jump. Frye was followed in the 60mH by sophomores John Abraham (third) and Daniel Katz (fourth). Fellow classmate Joey Chapin took sixth in the 3K to lead the distance runners. In the field events, freshman Jonathan Beering was the runner-up in the shot put, followed by fellow classmate Tim Brennan, who took fifth. Senior Josh Cyphers was second in the pole vault.

Next event: March 1-2, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Hanover, N.H.

Harvard
The Crimson took part in the annual HYP, this time in New Haven, Conn. The women’s team won for the first time since 2008-09, finishing with 69 points to hold off Princeton (48.5) and Yale (41.5). Harvard won nine events, including two in the field, as freshman Nikki Okwelogu won the shot put with the second-best throw in program history (49-3 ½) and junior Ann Giebelhaus won the high jump. On the track, the Crimson went 1-2-3 in the 60m, led by junior Danielle Barbian, while sophomore Autumne Franklin won the 60mH and placed second in the 200m, behind Crimson freshman Jade Miller. Junior Erika Veidis won the 800m, fellow classmate Molly Renfer placed first in the mile and another junior, Morgan Kelly, won the 3K. Moreover, Harvard picked up a win in the 4x400m relay.

The men finished second with 54 points, trailing Princeton (89) but ahead of Yale (26). Junior Jarvis Harris won the 60mH while breaking his own school record, crossing the line in 8.00. Senior Maksim Korolev placed first in the mile with a time of 4:02.24, second-fastest in program history, and fellow classmate James Leakos earned the win in the 3K. In the field, senior Dustin Brode won the shot put and the Crimson went 1-2-3 in the weight throw, led by junior Ben Glauser.

Next event: March 1-2, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Hanover, N.H.

Penn
The Quakers also took part in the Lafayette-Rider Winter Games at The Armory in New York. Junior Lydia Ali had triple-duty, placing second in the 60m, seventh in the 200m and seventh in the 400m. Freshman Ashley Montgomery was the runner-up in the 1K, just ahead of senior Chelsea Delaney, who placed third. Penn also received a top-five finish in the 3K, where sophomore Elyssa Gensib placed fourth with a time of 9:14.21, second-fastest time in program history and the fastest since Emily Logan set the mark in 2004. Junior Pauline Dabrowski (800m) and freshman Cleo Whiting (mile) each placed third in their respective events, while senior Gabrielle Piper took fourth in the 60mH.

The men were led by freshman Chris Hatler, who won the 1K with a time of 2:28.29, just ahead of sophomore Kirk Webb, who placed third. Senior All-American Maalik Reynolds placed fourth in his signature event, the high jump, while sophomore Clark Shurtleff finished third in the 3K. Sophomore Ben Bowers placed fourth in the 60mH, junior Marcus LaRoche took fifth in the shot put and a trio of juniors earned seventh in their respective events: Mato Bekelja (500m), Tom Tallerico (800m) and Jordan Jett (triple jump). Penn also sent sophomore Thomas Awad to Boston University, where he placed fourth with a time of 8:04.34.

Next event: Sunday, Feb. 23, Princeton Invitational – Princeton, N.J.

Princeton
The Tigers competed in the annual HYP, this time around hosted by Yale. Princeton’s women finished second with 48.5 points, trailing Harvard (69) but in front of Yale (41.5). Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe broke her own school record in the weight throw with a winning toss of 64-10 ¾, fourth-best all-time mark in Ivy League history. Senior Imani Oliver was the other Tiger to reach the top of the podium, winning the triple jump, just ahead of freshman Alex Lanzafame (second). Seniors Lily Miller and Samantha Anderson were runners-up in the long jump and pole vault, respectively, while freshman Elisa Steele placed second in the 400m, an event that saw six Tigers finish among the top-eight. Junior Emily de La Bruyere (mile) and freshman Megan Curham (3K) also placed second in their events.

The men’s team won HYP – for the 23rd-straight year – with 89 points, while Harvard garnered 54 and Yale finished with 26. The Tigers won 11 events, including the 60m (sophomore John Hill), the 200m (freshman Brent Albertson), the 500m (senior Tom Hopkins), the 800m (sophomore Luke Brahm), the 1K (freshman William Paulson), the high jump (senior Omar Jarrett), the triple jump (junior Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi), the long jump (senior Damon McLean) and the pole vault (sophomore Adam Bragg), as well as both the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. McLean also placed second in the triple jump.

Next events: Saturday, Feb. 22, Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational – South Bend, Ind./Sunday, Feb. 23, Princeton Invitational – Princeton, N.J.

Yale
The Bulldogs hosted the annual HYP, finishing third on both the men’s and women’s sides. The women garnered 41.5 points to finish behind Harvard (69) and Princeton (48.5), despite winning four events. Junior Emily Cable placed first in the 400m and third in the 200m, senior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault and junior Alisha Jordan took the long jump. The final win for Yale came in the 4x800m relay. Among the other standout performances were sophomore Shannon McDonnell, who finished second in the 800m with the fourth-fastest time in program history (2:09.24) and freshman Katerra Logan, who took sixth in the 60m and fourth in the 200m.

The men finished with 26 points, trailing Princeton (89) and Harvard (54). As he has all season long, freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre led the way, placing first in the 400m and helping Yale’s 4x400m relay team finish second. The Bulldogs went 2-3-4 in the mile, led by senior James Shirvell, and recorded a pair of runner-up finishes in junior William Rowe (500m) and sophomore Kevin Dooney (3,000m).

Next event: March 1-2, Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships – Hanover, N.H.