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Outdoor Track & Field Update - 4

Harvard's Danielle Barbian

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In a mini-preview of the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, seven of the Ancient Eight were among the many teams to descend upon Princeton, N.J., for the annual Sam Howell Invite.

Based on the results from Princeton’s Weaver Stadium, the teams are more than ready for the 2014 Ivy League Championships, which will take place on May 10-11 at Yale.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls, Cornell’s men’s team is No. 21 and three women’s teams are among the top-50: Dartmouth 46, Columbia 47 and Princeton 49.

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

Brown
The Bears competed in not only the Sam Howell Invite, but also the Stanford Invite. For the women, senior Heidi Caldwell set a school record in the latter event in the 5K, placing 22nd with a time of 16:05.84 to break her own mark. Back on the east coast, senior Victoria Buhr won the discus title and placed fifth in the shot put, while sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor was third in the shot put. Sophomore Rachel Van Metre (fourth, triple jump), freshman Ellie Gravitte (fifth, javelin) and senior Brienna Crimmins (sixth, long jump) also placed in the field events. On the track, junior Alex Stanton and sophomore Lydia Davenport each placed third in their respective events, the 400mH and 3K, while freshman Emmaline Suchland was fifth in the 100m.

The men were led by a trio of third-place finishers in sophomore Ryan Kelly (400m), sophomore Ned Willig (800m) and junior Courtland Clavette (discus). Senior Ajani Brown finished right on Kelly’s heels, placing fourth, while senior Henry Tuffnel took seventh in the 800m behind Willig. Freshman Taylor Alarcon was sixth in the triple jump and junior Peter Rhodes was eighth in the 110mH.

Next events: Saturday, April 12, Brown Invitational – Providence, R.I./Saturday, April 12, George Mason Invitational – Fairfax, Va.

Columbia
The Lions kicked off the 2014 season with the Stanford and Sam Howell Invites. In Palo Alto, Calif., junior Waverly Neer set a program record in the 5K with a time of 15:37.85, placing ninth overall. Her time is the third-best all-time in Ivy League history. In Princeton, senior Marvellous Iheukwumere won the 200m and was part of the Lions’ second-place 4x100m relay team. Senior Chelsea Carrick was the other winner for Columbia, taking the 3K title. Two other Lions finished as the runner up in their events: sophomore Olivia Sadler (5K) and freshman Anna Williams (long jump). Sophomore Jaycee Parker finished third in both the 200m and 400m.

The men sent some of their distance runners to Stanford, but most of the team went to Princeton, where seniors John Gregorek, Nico Composto and Jake Sienko went 1-3-4 in the 5K, while fellow classmate Harry McFann and junior Brendon Fish went 2-4 in the 800m. McFann then joined juniors Kevin Boyd and Connor Claflin and freshman Noah Lartigue to take third in the 4x400m relay.

Next events: Saturday, April 12, Joe Hilton Invitational hosted by UNC – Chapel Hill, N.C./Saturday, April 12, George Mason Invitational – Fairfax, Va.

Cornell
The Big Red competed in the Stanford Invitational. The women were led by senior Rachel Sorna, who broke a 22-year-old 5K mark by over 10 seconds, finishing as the seventh collegiate runner with a time of 15:54.31, the fourth-fastest time in Ivy League history. Sorna currently holds the third-best steeplechase and seventh-best 5K times in the country. In the 10K, senior Devin McMahon finished in 34:05.46, among the top-20 times in the nation so far, while sophomore Caroline Kellner set the 27th-best time in the country with a time of 34:21.94. Sophomore Udeme Akpaete took fifth in the 400m, while freshman Kacie Hargett took fourth in the javelin.

For the men, junior Stephen Mozia won the Invitational sections of the shot put and discus and the Collegiate division of the hammer. His 63-10 ¼ mark in the shot put is a school record and fourth-best all-time in Ivy League history. Senior Tommy Butler was third in the high jump and freshman Grant Sisserson took third in the Invitational pole vault after clearing 16-3 ¼. On the track, sophomore Max Hairston placed fourth in the 110m and ninth in the 400mH. Seniors Justin McCollin, Steven Bell and Kinsley Ojukwu and sophomore Larry Gibson teamed up to place third in the 4x100m relay.

Next events: Saturday, April 12, George Mason Invitational – Fairfax, Va./Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, Bucknell Invitational – Lewisburg, Pa.

Dartmouth
The Big Green competed in the Sam Howell Invite. The women were led by senior Megan Krumpoch, who won the 400mH in 59.99, while the 4x100m relay team of sophomores Kaitlin Whitehorn, Sara Kikut, Anna Kikut and Jennifer Meech won with a program-record time of 46.72. Whitehorn also placed second in the 200m and seventh in the long jump, while Meech finished fifth in the 400m. Krumpoch teamed up with Meech, senior Janae Dunchack and freshman Katy Sprout to win the 4x400m relay. Junior Lauren Ready finished the 100mH in 14.88, placing sixth. In the field, sophomore Kaitlin McCallum was fourth in the pole vault and senior Emmaline Berg was sixth in the shot put.

Freshman Alex Frye had double duty for the men, finishing sixth in the high jump and 10th in the 100mH, finishing behind freshman Nico Robinson, who placed fourth. Senior Jalil Bishop placed ninth in the 400m and sophomore Edward Wagner was third in the 400mH, while junior Thomas Servino placed sixth in the hammer and sophomore Jacob Shippee took seventh in the javelin.

Next events: Saturday, April 12, UNH Wildcat Invitational – Durham, N.H./Saturday, April 12, George Mason Invitational – Fairfax, Va.

Harvard
The Crimson competed in three events last weekend, including the Florida Relays and the Sam Howell Invitational. In Gainesville, Fla., juniors Danielle Barbian and Ashley Collinsworth each broke the school record in the 100m, with times of 11.66 and 11.79, respectively. Barbian’s time matched the all-time Ivy League record set by Cornell’s Melissa Hewitt in 2010. Barbian and Collinsworth also ran the 4x100m relay with sophomore Autumne Franklin and Sylvia Deppen, crossing the line in 45.84, the fourth-fastest time in League history and a program record. Franklin also placed ninth overall (fifth among college athletes) in the 400mH. Junior Molly Renfer and freshman Sarah Gillespie took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 1,500m, while the field competitors were highlighted by freshman Nikki Okwelogu, who took fifth in the discus with a mark of 161-10. In Princeton, junior Viviana Hanley won the 10K by almost 1:30 over the second-place finisher, while sophomore Paige Kouba was fourth in the steeplechase.

The men were led at Stanford by junior Malcolm Mason Rodriguez, who placed 12th in the triple jump, ahead of freshman Efe Uwaifo (21st). Junior Jarvis Harris was 27th in the 110mH. At the Sam Howell Invite, the Crimson went 1-2-3 in the 10K, led by senior James Leakos. He was followed by fellow classmate Kurt Ruegg and junior Will Geiken. Harvard also did well in the 5K, as junior Dan Milechman placed seventh, as well as the 1,500m, where junior Connor Reck took 10th.

Next event: Saturday, April 12, Yale at Harvard – Cambridge, Mass.

Penn
The Quakers competed in the Sam Howell Invite, where junior Lydia Ali placed second in the 100m and fifth in the 200m. Senior Gabrielle Piper also fared well in a pair of events, finishing as the runner up in the 100mH and ninth in the 100m. Junior Heather Bong took fourth in the 200m. Sophomore Taylor Hennig was eighth in the 400m and senior Stephanie Green was ninth in the 400mH. In the field, Penn went 3-4-8 in the javelin, led by freshman Lisa Sesink-Clee, while fellow classmate Noel Jancewicz was third in the high jump and junior Jenny Thompson was eighth in the triple jump.

The men won three events at Princeton: the discus (sophomore Sam Mattis), the javelin (senior Jim Tully) and the 4x400m relay team. Mattis’ discus throw of 198-6 set a new second-best all-time Ivy League mark and broke his own school record, as he became the first Quaker to ever eclipse 60 meters. It’s the longest throw in Ivy history since Harvard’s Nick Sweeney set the all-time mark (205-00) in 1992. Senior Maalik Reynolds and sophomore Thomas Pitt went 2-3 in the high jump, and Pitt also took fourth in the long jump. Senior Jake Brenza was third in the shot put and freshman Noah Kennedy-White placed fourth in the discus. Back on the track, sophomore Ben Bowers was second in the 110mH and junior Tom Timmins was fourth in the 400mH, while freshman Brendan Shearn and senior Conner Paez went 5-6 in the 10K. Sophomore Brendan Smith finished third in the steeplechase.

Next event: Saturday, April 12, George Mason Invitational – Fairfax, Va.

Princeton
At their own Sam Howell Invite, the Tigers’ women’s team was led by sophomore Julia Ratcliffe, who set a meet record and came very close to breaking her own Ivy League record in the hammer throw, recording a heave of 225-5. It’s the second-best mark in League history, trailing only her own throw from last year of 225-9, and tops in the nation so far this season. Sophomore Meghan McMullin was the runner-up in a pair of events, the 400mH and the 4x400m relay, while freshman Rachael Chacko placed second overall (first among collegiate runners) in the 1,500. Senior Beth McKenna came in fourth in the 100mH, just ahead of sophomore Kerry Krause, who placed seventh. In the field, freshman Allison Harris took third in the pole vault and senior Samantha Anderson was seventh, while sophomores Taylor Morgan and Inka Busack went 5-6 in the high jump. Fellow classmate Sara Ronde took fifth in the long jump.

The men’s team won five events, including two by senior Tom Hopkins, who was part of the winning 4x100m relay team and also placed first in the long jump, one of three Tigers among the top-five. Hopkins also was second overall, and first among collegians, in the 200m. Junior Bradley Paternostro finished ahead of 45 other runners in the 1,500m to win, and senior Damon McLean won his signature event, the triple jump, with a mark of 51-3. Junior Scott Rushton and freshman Jared Bell were each fifth in their events, the shot put and discus, respectively. Senior Omar Jarrett was fourth in the high jump, which was won by Princeton alum and current assistant coach Justin Frick.

Next event: Saturday, April 12, Princeton Quad Meet – Princeton, N.J.

Yale
The Bulldogs sent athletes to the Stanford and Sam Howell Invites. In Palo Alto, junior Kira Garry broke her own school record in the steeplechase, crossing the line in 10:21.01 to finish eighth in her heat. Fellow classmate Emily Stark finished 23rd in the 10K with a time of 34:51.61, fourth-best in Yale’s records book. Sophomore Shannon McDonnell and freshman Emily Waligurski ran well in the 1,500m, as the former finished second in her heat and the latter won her heat. Junior Emily Cable took 13th out of 46 in the 400m dash with a time of 55.71. At Princeton, senior Emily Urciuoli and sophomore Karleh Wilson led the way with fifth-place finishes in the pole vault and discus, respectively. Wilson also took 17th in the hammer throw.

For the men, three were sent west to compete in the Stanford Invite. Sophomore Kevin Dooney set the second-fastest 10K time in school history, crossing the line in 29:10.13 to finish second in his section. Senior James Shirvell placed 16th overall in the 1,500m with a time of 3:45.48 and sophomore Duncan Tomlin set a personal record in the steeplechase (9:10.85). At the Sam Howell Invite, sophomore Brendan Sullivan took second overall in the pole vault, while freshmen James Randon and Andre Ivankovic finished in fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 1,500m. The Bulldogs; 4x400m relay team placed fourth, and one of the members of that squad, junior William Rowe, also took ninth in the 400mH.

Next event: Saturday, April 12, Yale at Harvard – Cambridge, Mass.