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April 16, 2014

Outdoor Track & Field Update - 5

PRINCETON, N.J. -- More school and Ivy League records bit the dust this past weekend as the Ancient Eight heads on a collision course towards the2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field 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 remains at No. 21 and three women’s teams are among the top-50: Dartmouth 45, Princeton 48 and Columbia 50.

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

Brown
The Bears competed in two events last weekend, the Brown Invitational and the Mason Spring Invitational. Six Bears won titles in Providence, R.I., including five in the field. Freshmen Shandell Scott and Anna Guo went 1-2 in the long jump, while sophomores O’Sha Williams and Rachel Van Metre did the same in the triple jump. Senior Victoria Buhr won the shot put and placed second in the discus, the latter behind sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor. Senior Jessica Eason was the runner-up behind Buhr in the shot put. Brown also went 1-2 in the hammer throw, with junior Heather Vermillion taking the top spot. The lone champion on the track, senior Katharine Grimes, took the mile title. At the Mason Invite, junior Alex Stanton led the way with a sixth-place finish out of 38 runners in the 400mH.

For the men, senior Ajani Brown and sophomore Ryan Kelly led the way, as each won an event and placed second behind each other in another. Brown took the 100m title and was the runner-up in the 200m behind Kelly, who finished second in the 100m. Freshman Ben Ostrowski won the 400m and Brown went 1-2 in the 3K, led by senior Kyler Evitt. In the field, junior Courtland Clavette (shot put), sophomore Matthew O’Hara (hammer throw), sophomore Okuoma Idah (long jump) and senior Jonathan Padmore (triple jump) all won titles. In Fairfax, Va., junior Henry Tufnell placed third in his 800m section (ninth overall), while senior Tyler Benster won his 800m section and placed 15th overall.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

Columbia
The Lions took part in the Mason Spring Invitational. The women garnered 80 points en route to its first team victory of the season, defeating 19 other squads. Senior Trina Bills won the 800m with a program-record time of 2:06.74, while fellow classmate Marvellous Iheukwumere tied the second-best 100m dash time in Ivy League history to place fourth (11.68), matching former Lion Sharay Hale’s program-record time. Sophomores Iris Chijioke (fourth, 100mH) and Olivia Sadler (fifth, 1,500m) also ran well for Columbia, while the 4x400m relay team took fourth with a time of 3:49.12. In the field, junior Joanna Koronios placed fifth in the hammer throw and eighth in the discus, while freshman Ana Williams and sophomore Addy Sonaike went 4-6 in the triple jump.

The men placed ninth out of 20 teams with 42 points. Senior Harry McFann set a program record in the 800m with a time of 1:47.91 to place third overall and second among collegiate runners. McFann’s time broke the previous school record set by Jeff Moriarty in 2003. Six Lions placed among the top-30 in the 1,500m, including senior John Gregorek and juniors Daniel Everett and Brendon Fish, who went 2-3-4. Sophomore Corey Hammond posted a pair of top-10 finishes, placing sixth in the 400mH and running with the 4x400m relay team that took third.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Tom Jones Invitational hosted by Florida – Gainesville, Fla./Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Mt. SAC Relays – Walnut, Calif.

Cornell
The Big Red competed in the Bucknell Invitational, while the men’s team also took part in the Mason Spring Invite. For the women, freshman Kacie Hargett took the javelin title with a mark of 148-7, just ahead of junior Felicia Reid, who was fourth in the javelin. Four Cornell athletes placed among the top-10 in the pole vault, led by junior Eve Bishop, who took second. Senior Jennifer Bush took fourth in the high jump. On the track, senior Zaakirah Daniels won the 100mH in 14.22 and freshman Adrian Jones won the 100m with a time of 11.99. Jones also took sixth in the 200m, part of a 2-3-4-6-7 convoy of Big Red in the event, led by junior Zena Kolliesuah. Jones and Kolliesuah teamed up with senior Ebolutalese Airwele and sophomore Udeme Akpaete to place second in the 4x100m relay. Junior Elyse Wilkinson took third in the 400m, senior Ryan Woolley did the same in the 400mH, while junior Bori Tozser and sophomore Claire DeVoe each placed fourth in the steeplechase and 1,500m, respectively.

The men took part in not only the Bucknell Invite, but also the Mason Spring Invite, where they placed fifth out of 20 teams with 65.75 points. In Fairfax, Va., senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig won the 400m with a time of 46.89, while sophomore Max Hairston took fourth in both the prelims and the finals of the 110mH. The Big Red performed well in the field events, as freshman Grant Sisserson and junior Steven Pawlak went 1-2 in the pole vault and senior Dan Scott won the triple jump. At Bucknell, junior Rob Robbins set a facility record in the javelin with a mark of 248-11, which also marks a Cornell program record and the third-best all-time mark in Ivy League history. Robbins currently stands in second-place in the NCAA in the javelin. Freshman John Enkler took fourth in both the long and triple jumps, while fellow classmate Justin Love did the same in the high jump. Another freshman, Jordan Sherwood, won the 400mH, while junior Mike Rabbitt placed third in the 200m. Freshman Tobi Attah and junior Cisco Olloqui went 4-6 in the 400m.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Saturday, April 19, Upstate Challenge – Buffalo, N.Y.

Dartmouth
The Big Green competed in a pair of events, the UNH Wildcat Invitational and the Mason Spring Invite. The women finished second at UNH with 139 points, trailing only the host Wildcats (165). Sophomore Anna Kikut won the 200m and was the runner-up in the 100m, while freshman Aliyah Gallup reached the top of the podium in the 400m with the lone sub-minute time (58.36). Dartmouth went 1-2-3 in the 5K, led by junior Claudia Pham, while senior Arianna Vailas won the 800m and junior Sarah Delozier won the 1,500m. In the field, sophomore Stephanie Brown (pole vault) and junior Lauren Ready (triple jump) won their respective events. The Big Green also went 1-2 in both the shot put and the discus. Senior Emmaline Berg won the former and placed second in the latter, while senior Corinne Kominkiewicz won the latter and fellow classmate Janae Dunchack was second in the former. At the Mason Spring Invite, senior Megan Krumpoch was second among collegiate runners (third overall) in the 400mH to lead Dartmouth to an 11th-place finish with 27 points.

The men finished with 113 points in the Wildcat Invitational to place third. Junior Colin Quinn and sophomore Jacob Shippee went 1-2 in the javelin, while senior Dom Filiano and Tim Brennan did the same in the discus. Freshman Corey Muggler (long jump) and junior Jeremy Birck (high jump) rounded out the rest of the Big Green winners, while freshman Alex Frye and sophomore Danny Katz went 2-3 in the 110mH and sophomore John Abraham placed third in the 100m. In Fairfax, Va., Dartmouth placed 14th with 13 points. Sophomore Edward Wagner won the 400mH and senior Steve Mangan took sixth in the 1,500m.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Mt. SAC Relays – Walnut, Calif./Saturday, April 19, Mark Young Invitational hosted by Yale – New Haven, Conn.

Harvard
The Crimson hosted Yale in a dual matchup. The women won for the seventh-straight year, holding off the Bulldogs, 87-53. Harvard took the first four spots in the 100mH, led by sophomore Autumne Franklin, and 1-2-3-4-5 in the 200m, also won by Franklin. Junior Molly Renfer led a 1-2-3 Crimson finish in the 1,500m, while freshman Raegan Nizdil did the same in the high jump. Fellow classmate Nikki Okwelogu won both the discus and the shot put.

The men defeated Yale, 104-34, for their fourth-straight win in the matchup. Junior Jarvis Harris led the way with wins in both the 110m and 400m hurdles. Seniors Andrew Ezekoye and Damani Wilson went 1-2 in the 100m dash. In the field events, Harvard went 1-2-3 in the hammer throw, led by junior Ben Glauser, who set a personal-best with a mark of 200-11. The Crimson then went 1-2-3-5 in the shot put, again led by Glauser.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Mt. SAC Relays – Walnut, Calif./Saturday, April 19, LSU Alumni Gold – Baton Rouge, La./Saturday, April 19, MIT Coed Invite – Cambridge, Mass.

Penn
The Quakers took part in the Mason Spring Invitational, and the men also sent some athletes to the Texas Invitational. The women placed ninth out of the 20 teams with 30 points. Sophomore Kelsey Hay set a school record in the javelin, reaching 160-0, the third-best mark in Ivy League history. Freshman Amaris Kobolak took fourth in the long jump. Junior Lydia Ali led the track contingent with a ninth-place finish in the 100m dash, crossing the line in 11.90 to set a new second-fastest time in Penn history. Senior Gabrielle Piper placed seventh in the 100mH.

The men took third out of 23 schools with 77 points at George Mason, trailing only UMBC (92) and Navy (78.75). Sophomore Thomas Awad won the 1,500m with the second-fastest time in Penn history (3:42.89), the fastest 1,500m run by a Quaker since Denis Fikes’ school record time of 3:37.14 in 1974. Sophomore Ben Bowers took fifth in the 110mH, junior Mato Mejelja was eighth in the 800m and the 4x100m relay team took fourth. In the field, senior Jimmy Tully finished second in the javelin, ahead of fellow classmate Karl Ingram, who took fifth. Senior Jake Brenza and freshman Billy Bishop went 3-6 in the shot put, while sophomore Thomas Pitt (high jump) and junior Nick Straughn (triple jump) each placed fourth in their respective events. In the Texas Invitational, sophomore Sam Mattis was the runner-up in the discus with a heave of 196-06, matching the fourth-best mark in Ivy League history.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

Princeton
The Tigers hosted a quad meet with Monmouth, St. John’s and Vermont. The women placed second with 62.5 points, trailing only Monmouth (76.5). Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe and senior Imani Oliver led the way, as each set records in the hammer throw and triple jump, respectively. Ratcliffe broke her own all-time Ivy League record in her signature event, the hammer throw, reaching 228-04, the 16th-best throw in NCAA history and a New Zealand record. She now holds the top three marks in League history and remains in first-place in the NCAA so far this season. For her efforts, she was named a USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week. Oliver reached 42-4 ¼ on her final attempt, setting a school triple jump record. Princeton also recorded wins in the pole vault (senior Samantha Anderson), steeplechase (freshman Lizzie Bird), 800m (junior Kim Mackay) and 3K (junior Erika Fluehr). Freshman Megan Curham finished tied for first in the 1,500m.

The men garnered 73 points to finish just behind Monmouth, which totaled 76 points. Senior Tom Hopkins led the way with a pair of victories, winning the 200m and 400m. Fellow classmate Damon McLean won the triple jump with a leap of 52-10 ¼, breaking his own school record and putting him in second-place in the NCAA so far this season. Another senior, George Galasso, won the steeplechase and junior Eddie Owens crossed the line first in the 1,500m. Sophomore Jake Scinto had a busy day, running in the winning 4x100m relay, taking second in the high jump and winning the long jump. Senior Omar Jarrett took the high jump title and freshman Benjamin Gaylord won the pole vault. Senior Jake Taylor and junior Scott Rushton each placed second, in the hammer throw and shot put, respectively.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

Yale
The Bulldogs competed in a dual event at Harvard, with both the men and women coming in second. The women recorded four first-place finishes, led by senior Emily Urciuoli, who won the pole vault after clearing 11-9 ¾. Senior Amanda Snajder had triple-duty, placing seventh in the 100mH, tied for fourth in the high jump and winning the long jump. Junior Alisha Jordan, meanwhile, won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump, and the Bulldogs went 2-3-4 in the hammer throw, led by sophomore Taylor Eldridge. Sophomore Karleh Wilson placed second in both the shot put and discus and third in the hammer throw. Sophomore Elizabeth McDonald was the lone Yale athlete to win a running event, placing first in the 3K.

For the men, senior James Shirvell won the 800m with a time of 1:52.43, marking the second-straight year he has won this event in the HY matchup. Freshman Andre Ivankovic also reached the top of the podium, winning the 3K in 8:27.34. Sophomore Duncan Tomlin was the only runner in the steeplechase, earning his team five points. Two Bulldogs were the runner-up in their respective events: junior William Rowe (400mH) and senior Daniel Jones (200m dash).

Next event: Saturday, April 19, Mark Young Invitational hosted by Yale – New Haven, Conn.