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April 23, 2014

Outdoor Track & Field Update - 6

Photo courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In what has become a weekly tradition, more Ivy League and school records fell by the wayside, as the Ancient Eight heads towards the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 10-11 at Yale.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national polls, the Cornell men’s team is ranked No. 21, while on the women’s side Dartmouth and Princeton come in at No. 46 and No. 47, respectively.

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

Brown
The Bears competed in Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite and Yale’s Mark Young Invite. In Princeton, sophomore Lily Harrington finished in 12th in the 5K with a personal-best time of 16:35.68, while freshman Lucy Van Kleunen won her section of the 1,500m and took 15th overall. At Yale, Brown finished second with 111.16 points, trailing only Dartmouth (113.50). Junior Alex Stanton (400mH) was the lone winner on the track, while sophomore Uzoamaka Okoro (triple jump) and junior Heather Vermillion (hammer) won their respective field events. Senior Victoria Buhr placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

The men were led at the Larry Ellis Invite by junior Jordan Mann, who finished 17th in the steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:03.41. In the Mark Young Invite, senior Ajani Brown won the 400m dash and freshman Taylor Alarcon won the triple jump, while sophomore Ryan Kelly (400m) and senior Colin Savage (800m) each placed second in their event.

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Sunday, April 27, Brown Invitational – Providence, R.I.

Columbia
The Lions men and women’s teams combined to compete in three events events last week: the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite and the Tom Jones Invite in Gainesville, Fla. The women took part in the latter two, including a third-place finish by junior Nadia Eke in the triple jump at the Tom Jones Invite. Eke was closely followed by freshman Anna Williams (seventh) and sophomore Addy Sonaike (eighth). On the track in Florida, sophomore Iris Chijioke led the way with an eighth-place finish in the 100mH. Back north in Princeton, senior Emma Giantisco was the runner-up out of 38 participants in the 800m to lead the Lions.

The men sent a pair of distance runners to California for the Mt. SAC Relays, where seniors Jacob Sienko and Nico Composto finished fourth and 10th, respectively, in the 10K Olympic Elite run that featured a total of 34 runners. The group that competed in the Larry Ellis Invite was led by sophomore Corey Hammond, who took third in the 400mH with a time of 53.31. The 4x800m relay team of freshman Noah Lartigue, junior Kevin Boyd, freshman Ronald Busby and junior Connor Claflin took fourth.

Next event: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia

Cornell
The Big Red sent athletes to SUNY Cortland for the Cortland Classic and Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invite. In the latter, the women set two school records. Senior Rachel Sorna broke her own all-time Ivy League mark in the steeplechase after crossing the line in 9:43.48 to finish third overall and first among collegiate athletes. Meanwhile, sophomore Udeme Akpaete won the 400m dash in 53.71, breaking an 11-year-old school record and setting the sixth-fastest time in League history. The 4x100m relay team of freshman Adrian Jones, junior Zena Kolliesuah, senior Ebolutalese Airwele and junior Katie Woodford won with a time of 45.86, while freshman Taylor Spillane won the 3K after crossing the line first in 10:03.27. At the Cortland Classic, Cornell picked up wins in the 100m, 1,500m, 5K, high jump, pole vault and triple jump.

The men’s track contingent at the Larry Ellis Invite saw senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig (200m) and sophomore Max Hairston (400mH) each record wins, and then combine with junior Cisco Olloqui and freshman Tobi Attah to take second in the 4x400m relay. In the field, Cornell went 1-2-4-4 in the pole vault, with the first two spots going to freshman Grant Sisserson and junior Steven Pawluk. Senior Montez Blair finished second in the high jump and third in the long jump. The group that traveled to Cortland won individual titles in the javelin (freshman Vincent Harnett) and decathlon (freshman David Karabinos).

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Sunday, April 27, Big Red Outdoor Invitational – Ithaca, N.Y.

Dartmouth
The women’s team sent two runners to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays, while the rest of the team competed in either Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite or Yale’s Mark Young Invitational. Senior Abbey D’Agostino competed for the first time this outdoor season, as she and sophomore Dana Giordano both ran in the 5K Elite Invite race at the Mt. SAC Relays. D’Agostino was the first collegiate runner to cross the line, finishing third overall, while Giordano finished eighth among collegiate athletes and 16th overall. Back in Princeton, junior Sarah Delozier was the Big Green’s best finisher, placing sixth in the steeplechase. At Yale, Dartmouth won the Mark Young Invitational with 113.30 points, holding off Brown (111.16). Sophomore Jennifer Meech took home a pair of titles, the 200m and 400m, while fellow classmate Kaitlin Whitehorn won the high jump and took second in the 100m dash. Another sophomore, Sara Kikut, was right on Whitehorn’s heels in the 100m, finishing third, and close behind Meech in the 200m, placing fourth.

The men sent a lone runner to the Mt. SAC Relays, as senior John Bleday placed 16th in the 5K Olympic Development Elite section with a time of 14:04.71. Among the few Big Green to compete in Princeton was senior Henry Sterling, who placed 11th out of 80 in the 5K. The majority of Dartmouth’s team went to Yale to take part in the Mark Young Invitational, where the Big Green garnered 175.70 points en route to the team victory. The team was led by sophomores John Abraham and Edward Wagner, who won the 100m and 400mH, respectively, and then teamed up with sophomore Danny Katz and junior Brett Buskey to win the 4x100m relay. In the field, senior Jim Budzinski and sophomore Jacob Shippee went 1-2 in the javelin.

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Saturday, April 26, UNH Invitational – Durham, N.H.

Harvard
The Crimson had a busy week, competing in the Mt. SAC Relays, the Larry Ellis Invite, LSU Alumni Gold and MIT’s Sean Collier Invite. In California, senior Morgan Kelly placed eighth overall and sixth among collegiate runners in the 5K Olympic Development Elite race. In Princeton, sophomore Paige Kouba broke her own steeplechase school record, finishing 11th with a time of 10:34.22. In the field, freshman Nikki Okwelogu took second in both the shot put and discus and senior Hannah Meyer placed third in the javelin. The rest of the team traveled south to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold. Sophomore Madison Hansen won the heptathlon with a personal-best 5,152 points, second-best all-time at Harvard and eighth in Ivy League history. Junior Ashley Collinsworth took fourth in the 200m with the second-fastest time in program history (24.34), while her fellow classmate Danielle Barbian placed eighth in the 100m, just behind Olympian Lolo Jones. Collinsworth took 13th in that event. Sophomore Autumne Franklin also had a busy day, as she took fifth in the 100mH, sixth in the 400mH and combined with Collinsworth, Barbian and freshman Jade Miller to finish fifth in the 4x100m relay.

Senior James Leakos was the one of two participants in the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing seventh among collegiate runners (17th overall) in the 5K Invite Elite race. Sophomore Tom Purnell also competed, running the 5K Open, where he finished fourth overall. At the Larry Ellis Invite, juniors Dean Sullivan (javelin) and Igor Liokumovich (shot put) each placed second in their event, while Liokumovich also took third in the discus. In the LSU Alumni Gold, junior Jarvis Harris was the runner-up in the 110mH and seventh in the 400mH, while senior Jared Kadich took ninth in the 400m and fellow classmate Andrew Ezekoye placed sixth in the 100m. In the field, senior Dustin Brode and junior Ben Glauser went 5-6 in the shot put.

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Friday, April 25, Skyhawk Invite (hosted by Stonehill College) – Easton, Mass.

Penn
The Quakers took the short trip north to compete in Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invite. The women were led by the 4x100m relay team of senior Gabrielle Piper, sophomore Rachel Hlatky and juniors Lydia Ali and Heather Bong, who took third overall. Ali then broke the 12-second mark in the 100m for the second-straight week, finishing third overall with a time of 11.97. Piper set a career-best in the 100mH, crossing the line in 13.97 to place fifth and break the 14-second mark for the second time in her career. Senior Kersie Jhabvala was second in the 3,000m with a time of 10:04.47. In the field, sophomore Kelsey Hay was first among collegiate athletes (second overall) with a throw of 152-00, while fellow classmate Serena Graf finished fourth. Freshman Noel Jancewicz finished third in the high jump after clearing 5-07, just the fifth Penn woman to accomplish that feat.

The men were led again by sophomore Sam Mattis, who again broke his own school record in the discus with a heave of 203-00, again setting a new second-best mark in Ivy League history. It is also currently the fourth-best throw in the nation. Penn went 1-2 in the discus, as freshman Noah Kennedy-White was the runner-up. Senior Maalik Reynolds won his signature event, the high jump, with a leap of 7-01. Senior Jimmy Tully and junior Jordan Jett each placed third in the javelin and triple jump, respectively. On the track, senior Conner Paez won the 1,500m and sophomore Will Meadows came in fourth, while the 4x100m relay team of sophomores Ben Bowers, Chad Payne, Harrison Scharf and Brandon Senior was tops among collegiate teams and third overall behind a pair of professional club teams. Bowers was first among collegiate athletes in the 110mH (third overall) and Senior placed fifth in the 100m.

Next event: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia

Princeton
The Tigers hosted the Larry Ellis Invite at Weaver Stadium. No surprise on the women’s side, as sophomore Julia Ratcliffe broke her own Ivy League record in the hammer throw – again – reaching 230-07. She continues to be the NCAA leader in that event. Senior Imani Oliver had a busy Saturday, as she won the triple jump, finished second in the long jump and was part of the 4x100m relay team that took fifth. In the pole vault, freshman Allison Harris was the top collegiate athlete and second overall after clearing 12-11 ½. On the track, freshman Megan Curham was the first collegiate runner to cross the line, finishing second overall with a personal-best time of 16:00.71, the second-fastest time in Princeton history and sixth-best in Ivy League history. Another freshman, Lizzie Bird, took seventh in the 1,500m. Princeton went 1-2-4-8-10 in the 800m, led by freshman Zoe Sims, and sophomore Meghan McCullin won the 400mH.

Friday saw a number of solid performances by the men, as freshman Chris Cook and senior Scott Rushton went 1-3 in the shot put and the Tigers went 1-3-4 in the 5K with senior Tyler Udland finishing first. On Saturday in the field, sophomore Jake Scinto finished second overall in the long jump, first among collegiate athletes, while senior Omar Jarrett placed third in the high jump with a personal-best 6-10 ¼. Cook earned his second podium spot with a fifth-place finish in the discus and senior Brad Pelisek took sixth in the javelin. Back on the track, sophomore Greg Caldwell took fourth in the 110mH. Princeton also sent one athlete to the Mt. SAC Relays, with Adam Bragg placing third in the pole vault with a mark of 16-6 ¾.

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Saturday, April 26, TCNJ Lions Invitational – Ewing, N.J.

Yale
The Bulldogs hosted the first-ever Mark Young Invitational at the site of the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. The women placed fourth with 98.33 points, trailing Dartmouth (113.50), Brown (111.16) and Rhode Island (108.50). A pair of Bulldogs broke their own school records, as sophomore Mackenzie Mathews placed third in the 100mH in 14.43, fastest in Yale history, and fellow classmate Karleh Wilson reached 47-10 ½ in the shot put, almost an entire foot better than the previous record holder. Wilson also finished third overall. Freshman Emily Waligurski won the 800m, just ahead of fellow classmate Frances Schmiede, who took third. It was a very similar result in the 1,500m, as sophomore Shannon McDonnell won and senior Sarah Barry came in third. Junior Kira Garry won the steeplechase, while senior Amanda Snajder and sophomore Megan Toon tied for second in the high jump. Two Bulldogs earned runner-up status in junior Alisha Jordan (long jump) and senior Emily Urciuoli (pole vault).

The men garnered 42 points to finish sixth overall. They were led by sophomore Kevin Dooney, who placed second in the 1,500m with a personal-best time of 3:52.83. Junior Michael Grace also ran well, taking fourth in the 800m, just ahead of sophomore Alexander McDonald, who placed fifth. In the sprints, senior Nnamdi Udeh finished third in the 200m and freshman Marc-Andre Alexandre was the fourth runner to cross the line in the 100m. Another freshman, Chandler Crusan, was the fourth-fastest runner in the 400m with a time of 50.86.

Next events: Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, Penn Relays – Philadelphia/Sunday, April 27, Yale Springtime Invitational – New Haven, Conn.