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Outdoor Track & Field Update - 3

Princeton's Julia Ratcliffe

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- And then there was one.

Columbia is the only team that has yet to open its 2014 Outdoor Track and Field campaign, as the Lions’ first competition is April 4-5 with the Stanford Invitational and Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational.

Aside from Dartmouth and Yale, the rest of the Ancient Eight all competed last week in a number of high profile events, as they head towards the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 10-11 at Yale.

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

Brown
The Bears competed in the Raleigh Relays hosted by NC State. Friday saw the women post a number of top-10 finishes, including an eighth-place run in the 1,500m by senior Heidi Caldwell and a second-place run by sophomore Lily Harrington in her section of the 5,000m. In the field, senior Victoria Buhr was the runner-up in the discus and fifth in the shot put, while sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor took eighth in the discus. Senior Brienna Crimmins matched Darpolor’s place in the long jump. On the second and final day of the Raleigh Relays, freshman Ellie Travitte won the javelin with a throw of 148-3, second-best in Brown history. Junior Alex Stanton also set the second-best mark in the Bears record books, finishing third in the 400mH with a time of 59.43. Fellow classmate Heather Vermillion took fourth in the hammer throw, reaching 175-1.

The men were led on Friday by sophomore Ned Willig, who took fifth in the 1,500m out of 64 runners. Freshman Nkosi Jones placed second in the College division in the long jump and sophomore Courtland Clavette finished third in the discus with a mark of 188-3, breaking his own school record in the process. The following day, freshman Mark Buda took sixth in the javelin.

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

Columbia

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

Cornell
The Big Red traveled west to compete in the UC-Riverside Spring Classic. The women placed second out of 10 teams, accumulating 133.5 points and finishing behind only Cal State Northridge (154.5). Cornell recorded four wins and four second-place finishes in the event, including a 1-2-3 finish in the steeplechase. Senior Rachel Sorna won the event in an NCAA-leading 10:05.43, the eighth-best mark in Ivy League history. In fact, Sorna holds three of the top-eight times in the Ivy records book. Cornell also went 1-2-3 in the 3K, led by senior Devin McMahon, and picked up wins in the 800m (junior Elyse Wilkinson) and the 4x400m relay.

The men competed in not only the UC-Riverside Spring Classic but also Texas Relays. In California, the Big Red placed sixth with 70 points, trailing UC Santa Barbara (117), Southern Utah (101), Cal State Northridge (99.5), Cal State Fullerton (93.5) and UC Riverside (87). Senior Dan Scott won the triple jump, while freshman Robert Plummer was close behind in third. Cornell recorded a number of runner-up finishes in the field events, including the long jump (senior Steven Bell), hammer (sophomore Bryan Rhodes) and the high jump (freshman Jozef Mankovecky). On the track, both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams took third, while senior Andre Anderson was second in the 400mH and freshman James Gowans was fifth in the 800m. In Texas, junior Rob Robbins set a school record in the javelin with a throw of 246-6, third-best in Ivy League history. Senior Montez Blair was fifth in the high jump, while junior Stephen Mozia took fifth in the shot put and eighth in the discus. On the track, the 4x400m relay team finished third, behind only Florida and LSU.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Stanford Invitational – Palo Alto, Calif.

Dartmouth

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

Harvard
The Crimson sent a group of athletes to nearby Medford, Mass., to compete in the Snowflake Classic at Tufts. The women won two of the three events in which they competed, as sophomore Kieran Gallagher took the 800m title and junior Whitney Thornburg won the 10K. Sophomore Emma Payne finished second in the 5,000m.

The men competed in only two events. Senior Ryan Romain placed second in the 800m, while fellow classmate Erik Kraus was close behind in sixth. Sophomore Konrad Surkont took sixth in the 1,500m.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Florida Relays – Gainesville, Fla./Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Saturday, April 5, Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by American International College – Springfield, Mass.

Penn
The Quakers also competed in the Raleigh Relays. The women posted a number of standout performances, including freshman Cleo Whiting and sophomore Elyssa Gensib, who went 1-3 in their section of the 5K. Whiting’s time of 16:45.22 is the best for a Quaker since Leslie Kovach set the school record in 2011. Senior Kersie Jhabvala became the second Penn runner ever to break the 36-minute mark in the 10K, coming in 35:34.24. In the field, sophomore Serena Graf took fifth in the hammer throw with a mark of 170-7 and fellow classmate Kelsey Hay was fourth in the javelin, just ahead of Graf who placed fifth.

The men were led by sophomore Thomas Awad, who broke a 36-year-old school record in the 5K en route to winning the event. Awad recorded a time of 13:49.90, just the second Quaker to break the 14-minute mark and breaking Steve Sholtes’ 1978 record of 13:51.2. The field events were highlighted by senior Maalik Reynolds, who won the high jump, and sophomore Sam Mattis, who was second in the discus.

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

Princeton
While the men had the week off, the women sent athletes to the Monmouth Season Opener in West Long Branch, N.J., where sophomore Julia Ratcliffe became the NCAA leader in the hammer throw. Her mark of 217-6, third-best in Ivy League history. Ratcliffe now owns the top three marks in the League records book. Sophomore Brielle Rowe was second in the discus, ahead of senior Chelsea Cioffi who was fifth. Senior Ashley Vandolah and junior Sarah Waszkewitz went 7-8 in the javelin.

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

Yale

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