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Outdoor Track & Field Update - 2

Harvard's Danielle Barbian
Harvard's Danielle Barbian

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- No rest for the weary.

The Ivy League outdoor track and field season kicked off in the weeks following the NCAA Indoor Championships, with four of the eight teams opening their 2014 campaigns.

Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton have all taken part in one or more competitions so far in 2014. Brown and Yale’s seasons kick off on March 28-29, while Columbia opens on April 4-5 and Cornell starts on March 29 after its Spring Invitational was cancelled due to weather.

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

Next event: Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State – Raleigh, N.C.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Sam Howell Invite – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Stanford Invitational – Palo Alto, Calif.

Next event: Saturday, March 29, Riverside Invitational hosted by UC Riverside – Riverside, Calif.

The Big Green competed in the non-team scoring Shamrock Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina. Sophomore sisters Anna and Sara Kikut led the way, as Anna won the 200m B race in 25.71 and Sara finished 20th in the 200m A race in 25.49. Another sophomore, Kaitlin Whitehorn, placed second in the long jump and 22nd in the 200m A, while junior Erica Hendershot was eighth in the 200m B. Freshman Katy Sprout posted Dartmouth’s other top-10 finish in the competition, placing fourth in the 400m.

The men claimed four top-10 spots, including three in field events. Freshman Timothy Brennan placed fifth in the discus (152-4), while fellow classmate Alex Frye did the same in the high jump (6-6 ¾). A third freshman, Corey Muggler, placed ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 46-2 ½. On the track, sophomore Edward Wagner placed sixth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.98.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Sam Howell Invite – Princeton, N.J.

The Crimson traveled to Houston to take part in the Texas Southern Relays, where all junior Danielle Barbian did was break the all-time Ivy League record in the 100m, crossing the line in 11.65, just ahead of fellow classmate Ashley Collinsworth, who clocked in at 11.83. Barbian’s record-setting time just beat the previous mark of 11.66, set by Cornell’s Melissa Hewitt in 2010. The 4x100m relay team of Collinsworth, freshman Sylvia Deppen, sophomore Autumne Franklin and Barbian broke the Harvard record with a time of 46.27 to take first overall, defeating Minnesota (46.88). Franklin also won the 400mH, as the Crimson went 1-2 in the event. In the field, freshman Raegan Nizdil tied for first in the high jump and senior Adabelle Ekechukwu finished third in the hammer throw.

The men were led by their field athletes, who won four events. Junior Igor Liokumovich placed first in the discus and second in the shot put, the latter behind teammate senior Dustin Brode, who also placed third in the hammer, trailing teammate junior Ben Glauser, who took first. Freshman Andrew Roney claimed the pole vault title, while junior Mike Slovenski was sixth. Harvard went 2-3 in the triple jump, led by junior Malcolm Mason-Rodriguez, and sophomore Dean Sullivan was the runner-up in the javelin. On the track, junior Jarvis Harris matched his own Harvard-record 110mH time of 14.13 to place second overall.

Next events: Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-29, Texas Relays – Austin, Texas/Saturday, March 29, Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts – Medford, Mass.

The Quakers have competed twice already this season, at the USF Open and the Philadelphia College Classic. In South Florida, Freshmen Ashley Montgomery and Cleo Whiting went 1-2 in the 1,500m, while sophomore Kelsey Hay, freshman Lisa Sesink-Clee and sophomore Kaci Jones took the top three spots in the javelin. Moreover, junior Lydia Ali and sophomore Rachel Hlatky went 2-3 in the 400m, but 1-2 among collegiate runners. A pair of Quakers recorded runner-up finishes in seniors Chelsea Delaney (800m) and Gabrielle Piper (100mH). Back home at Franklin Field, freshman Nailah Hill broke a 13-year program record in the discus, winning with a throw of 150-4. Sophomore Serena Graf had a busy day, winning the shot put and hammer and placing second in the javelin behind Hay. The Quakers also won the triple jump (Jordan Jet), triple jump (Jenny Thompson) and long jump (Gilliam Berger). On the track, Penn went 2-3-4-5-6 in the 3,000m and 1-2-3-4 in the 400m.

The men also posted a 1-2-3 finish in an event, as senior Jake Brenza won the shot put, holding off junior Marcus LaRoche and sophomore Sam Mattis. Brenza also placed third in the hammer, while Mattis won the discus. Senior Nate Harriger cleared 6-06 at the high jump to place third overall and fellow classmate Karl Ingram was sixth in the javelin. On the track, Penn went 1-2 in the 800m with sophomore Thomas Awad placing first and junior Tom Timmins taking second. Sophomore Ben Bowers was third in the 110mH with a time of 14.61. In the Philadelphia College Classic, Mattis broke his own program discus record with a mark of 196-8, the second-best mark in Ivy League history. Brenza finished first in the hammer, second in the shot put and third in the discus, while Ingram again captured the javelin title. Sophomore Brandon Senior, competing for the first time in 2013-14 due to injury, won the 200m.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State – Raleigh, N.C.

The Tigers competed at the Disney Invitational in Orlando, Fla., as both the men’s and women’s placed first in the competition. The women won seven individual events and each of the six relays it entered, en route to 271 points, more than double over the second-place team Wisconsin (130). The Tigers to reach the top of the podium were sophomore Inka Busack (high jump), senior Imani Oliver (triple jump), sophomore Brielle Rowe (discus), sophomore Julia Ratcliffe (hammer), senior Samantha Anderson (shot put), sophomore Meghan McMullin (400 hurdles) and freshman Megan Curham (10k).

The men garnered 217 points, also more than double the mark of the second-place Badgers (106). Eight Tigers reached the top of the podium in individual events, including junior Jake Taylor (weight throw), junior Scott Rushton (shot put), senior Tom Hopkins (200m), sophomore Greg Caldwell (110m hurdles), sophomore Luke Brahm (800), freshman William Paulson (1,500m), senior Tyler Udland (5k) and junior Eddie Owens (steeplechase). Princeton also picked up a win in the 4x100 relay.

Next event: Saturday, March 29, Monmouth Invitational – West Long Branch, N.J.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State – Raleigh, N.C.