34 Ivies Heading To NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After three days of
competing at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regionals in
Jacksonville, Fla., the Ivy League will be well-represented at the
NCAA Championships as a total of 30 individuals and one relay team
will be making the trip across the country to Eugene, Ore., for the
three-day event from June 11-14.
It marks the second-straight year that the Ivy League has increased its presence at NCAAs, as 32 made the trip last year after 22 punched tickets in 2012. The top 12 finishers in each event at Regionals advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Harvard will compete in a League-best seven events across at NCAAs, with the seven athletes from its men’s and women’s teams marking a school record. The previous mark was six, set in 1961. Cornell will be sending an Ivy-best eight athletes to Eugene, where they will compete in six events, including a relay. Princeton was next with six total competitors, followed by Dartmouth (5), Columbia (3), Penn (3) and Brown (2).
On the women’s side, Harvard junior Hannah Mayer and Penn sophomore Kelsey Hay should make for an interesting duo in the javelin, as Mayer punched her ticket with a throw of 164-02, breaking the Ivy League record Hay set at the Heptagonal Outdoor Championships three weeks ago. Overall, Mayer finished eighth at regionals and Hay placed 12th.
Crimson teammates Autumne Franklin and Jade Miller each advanced to the finals of the 400mH, while junior Erika Veidis will run in the 800m along with Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch.
Another Dartmouth senior, Abbey D’Agostino, finished second overall in the 5K as she attempts to three-peat in the event at NCAAs. She will be joined in the race by Big Green sophomore Dana Giordano, who placed eighth, and Columbia junior Waverly Neer, who finished fourth.
Cornell’s 4x400m relay team of junior Zena Kolliesuah, junior Elyse Wilkinson, senior Ebolutalese Airewele and sophomore Udeme Akpaete broke the League record in the event and finished seventh overall to earn their spot in the finals, while senior Rachel Sorna placed second in the steeplechase and will run in the finals for the second-straight year.
Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe, the Ivy League record holder in the hammer throw, finished first in the event with a heave of 221-06. She will be joined in Oregon by freshman Megan Curham, who placed fourth in the 10K.
For the men, although only three Big Red earned berths to NCAAs, they will compete in four events. Junior Stephen Mozia will take part in two finals, as he placed second in the discus and third in the shot put. Mozia set a League-record in the discus with a throw of 206-0. He will be joined by senior Montez Blair, who tied for first in the high jump, and sophomore Max Hairston, who ran the 110mH in an all-time Ivy-best 13.74 and just missed out on punching a ticket in the 400mH, placing 14th in the semi-finals.
Princeton will be sending four athletes to compete in four events. Senior Chris Bendtsen will run in the 10K championship for the second-straight year, while fellow classmate Damon McLean claimed a spot in the triple jump finals to return to NCAAs for the first time since 2012. Junior Eddie Owens (steeplechase) and sophomore Adam Bragg (pole vault) will each by making their NCAA finals debuts.
A pair of Crimson will be competing alongside two of the Tigers, as senior James Leakos placed fifth in the 10K and freshman Efe Uwaifo was 12th in the triple jump. Penn will have two athletes competing with two of the Big Red, as Quaker senior Maalik Reynolds tied for third in the high jump and sophomore Sam Mattis was fourth in the discus.
A trio of Ivy League runners are among the top-12 from the East in the 5K. Dartmouth sophomore Curtis King (fifth) and junior John Bleday (eighth) will be joined by Harvard sophomore Tom Purnell (11th).
Brown and Columbia will each send two to Eugene. Bears junior Henry Tufnell and Lions senior Harry McFann finished seventh and ninth in the 800m, respectively, while Columbia senior John Gregorek placed first in the 1,500m. Brown senior Evan Weinstock earned a spot in finals without competing in Jacksonville, as the decathlon is not held at regionals.
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Waverly Neer, Jr., 5,000m (15:58.91, fourth)
4x400m relay team (Zena Kolliesuah, Jr.; Elyse Wilkinson, Jr.; Ebolutalese Airewele, Sr.; Udeme Akpaete, So.) – 3:34.40, seventh
Rachel Sorna, Sr., Steeplechase (9:52.88, second)
Abbey D’Agostino, Sr., 5,000m (15:57.37, second)
Dana Giordano, So., 5,000m (16:05.04, eighth)
Megan Krumpoch, Sr., 800m (2:05.68, ninth)
Erika Veidis, Jr., 800m (2:04.72, 10th)
Autumne Franklin, So., 400mH (56.65, seventh)
Jade Miller, Fr., 400mH (57.22, ninth)
Hannah Mayer, Jr., Javelin (164-02, eighth)
Kelsey Hay, So., Javelin (160-04, 12th)
Megan Curham, Fr., 10,000m (33:25.12, fourth)
Julia Ratcliffe, So., Hammer (221-06, first)
Henry Tufnell, Jr., 800m (1:47.99, seventh)
Evan Weinstock, Sr., Decathlon (7,381, 21st)*
John Gregorek, Sr., 1,500m (3:45.27, first)
Harry McFann, Sr., 800m (1:48.15, ninth)
Max Hairston, So., 110mH (13.74, sixth)
Montez Blair, Sr., High Jump (7-1 ½, t-first)
Stephen Mozia, Jr., Shot Put (66-10 ½, third)
Stephen Mozia, Jr., Discus (206-0, second)
Curtis King, So., 5,000m (14:11.75, fifth)
John Bleday, Jr., 5,000m (14:13.33, ninth)
Tom Purnell, So., 5,000m (14:14.95, 11th)
James Leakos, Sr., 10,000m (29:54.20, fifth)
Efe Uwaifo, Fr., Triple Jump (51-1, 12th)
Maalik Reynolds, Sr., High Jump (7-1 ½, t-third)
Sam Mattis, So., Discus (203-10, fourth)
Chris Bendtsen, Sr., 10,000m (29:51.08, third)
Eddie Owens, Jr., Steeplechase (8:46.41, 10th)
Adam Bragg, So., Pole Vault (17-5 ½, 12th)
Damon McLean, Sr., Triple Jump (52-0, eighth)
*clinched spot to NCAAs before Regionals