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Outdoor Track & Field in Full Swing

Brown's Josie Natrasevschi.
Brown's Josie Natrasevschi.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League track and field teams are getting in gear through two weeks of the 2015 Outdoor Season.

The 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place on Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10, at Penn’s Franklin Field. Day 2 will be streamed live on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).

BROWN
The Bears competed at the Raleigh Relays hosted by N.C. State. The women were led on the track by senior Alexandra Stanton, the fourth runner to cross the line in the 400mH finals. Sophomore Taylor Worthy placed 10th in the finals of the 800m, while freshman Natalie Schudrowitz finished 13th out of 127 competitors in the 1,500m finals, senior Leigh Eickhoff was 17th in the steeplechase and junior Emmaline Suchland took 14th in the 100m dash prelims out of 88 competitors. The 4x800m relay team of Schudrowitz, Worthy, senior Abigail Jones and freshman Clare Peabody placed fourth out of 22 teams. In the field, freshman Josie Natrasevschi won the discus invitational title with an all-time Ivy League record throw of 176-5. She was named ECAC New England Rookie of the Week for her efforts. Sophomore Erin Schaeffer finished fourth in the high jump after reaching 5-3 and senior Heather Vermillion placed ninth in the hammer throw.

The men saw senior Henry Tufnell place fourth in the collegiate 800m, freshman Brian Pfaff take 11th in the collegiate 200m dash and junior Ryan Kelly finish 17th out of 102 in the 400m. Junior Will Sheeran and sophomore Martin Martinez went 19-20 out of 121 in the 1,500m and senior Peter Rhodes was 19th in the 110mH and 13th in the collegiate long jump. The 4x800m relay team of freshman Max Haensel, junior Ned Willig, freshman Mike Wyman and Martinez finished third out of 20 teams. Also in the field, senior Courtland Clavette finished third in the invitational discus and 25th in the shot put, junior Phuong Trong took fifth in the college discus and sophomore Taylor Alarcon placed 14th in the triple jump.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Stanford Invitational – Stanford, Calif.

COLUMBIA
The Lions opened their season at the Stony Brook Quad Meet. The women distance runners led the way, as Columbia took the top five spots in the 3K led by sophomore Natalie Turner, while freshman Erin Melly won the 2,000m steeplechase. The Lions also posted second-place finishes in the 600m (sophomore Brittany Wade) and long jump (junior Alexis Yeboah-Kodie).

The men took home two individual titles, as freshman Ryan Thomas won the 1,500m in 4:04.81, while senior Casey Adams claimed the 2,000m steeplechase. Sophomores Johnathan Sowah and Ronald Busby went 3-5 in the 600m and freshman Brian McGovern placed fifth in the 800m.

Next events: Friday, April 3, Florida Relays – Gainesville, Fla./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

CORNELL
The Big Red competed in the UC Riverside Spring Classic, and some members of the men’s team participated in the Texas Relays. The women earned 152 points to hold off Cal State Northridge (148), thanks to five event wins, including both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. In the 4x100m, sophomore Adrian Jones, junior Udeme Akpaete and seniors Zena Kolliesuah and Katie Woodford crossed the line in 45.66, the sixth-fastest time in Ivy League history. Akpaete was also part of the winning 4x400m relay squad, as was freshman Taysia Radoslav, who added an individual win by taking the 400mH. Seniors Bori Tozser and Corey Dowe went 1-2 in the steeplechase and sophomore Gaynelle Boham claimed the triple jump.

Despite fielding a smaller roster, the men placed fourth at UC Riverside with 80 points, trailing UCSB (174.5), UC Riverside (138) and Cal St. Fullerton (109). The Big Red was led by a number of top-three finishes, including the 4x100m relay team (second), the 4x400m relay team (third), sophomore Tobenna Attah (third, 400m), sophomore Austin Jamerson (second, 110mH) and freshman Mark Savri (second, javelin). At the Texas Relays, senior David Melly took sixth in the steeplechase with a time of 9:08.72, second-fastest of his career. Cornell went 7-8 in the high jump, led by junior Stephen Afadapa, and senior Stephen Mozia took fourth in both the discus and shot put. Mozia earned ECAC Metro/Upstate Athlete of the Week honors after his performance in Austin.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Stanford Invitational – Stanford, Calif.

DARTMOUTH
The Big Green traveled south to compete in the Raleigh Relays. On the track, junior Jennifer Meech placed third in the 200m, just ahead of classmate Kaitlin Whitehorn, who finished fourth. Freshman Marissa Evans was sixth in the 400mH and the 4x100m relay team took fourth after winning the second heat. The field team was led by senior Molly Shapiro, who took third out of 45 in the triple jump.

The men were led by its 4x100m relay team, which took eighth out of almost 30 teams with a time of 42.21. Freshman Ben Colello took ninth in the 400mH, while fellow classmate Lloyd May did the same in the 200m. In the field, senior Jacob Shippee took sixth in the javelin and freshman Colin Minor was seventh in the hammer throw.

Next event: Saturday, April 4, UNH Invitational – Durham, N.H.

HARVARD
The Crimson competed in two events, sending athletes across town to the Tufts Snowflake Classic and down south to the Texas Relays. Senior Danielle Barbian was part of the latter group, and she was the only collegiate athlete invited to the 100m dash invitational, where she placed fourth with a wind-aided time of 11.46. She also took part in the 200m dash, finishing seventh. In Medford, Mass., freshman Elianna Shwayder finished the 3K in 10:00.24, more than 30 seconds faster than the runner-up, while fellow classmate Annika Gompers led a trio of Crimson in the top-10 of the 1,500m.

The men competed in the Tufts Snowflake Classic, where they were led by freshman Tyler Spear, who won the 3K in 8:52.62. Freshman Ben Huffman came just short of the 1,500m title, finishing second in 4:04.20. Also in action last weekend was Crimson and 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country individual champion Maksim Korolev, who came in 57th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China.

Next events: Friday, April 3, Florida Relays – Gainesville, Fla./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

PENN
The Quakers traveled down I-95 to take part in the Maryland Invitational. The women placed second with 124.5 points, trailing only the host Terrapins (212.5). The Quakers’ track contingent was led by freshman Candace Taylor, who earned ECAC South Rookie of the Week honors after winning the 400m with a time of 56.78, giving her titles in back to back weeks as she won the 200m last week. Penn also took nine of the top 11 spots in the 1,500m, including sophomore Cleo Whiting’s first-place finish. In the field, freshman Molly Minnig won the pole vault and junior Kelsey Hay claimed the javelin, while sophomore Noel Jancewicz was the runner-up in the high jump.

The men finished third with 121 points, trailing only Maryland (152) and Shippensburg (136). The Quakers won four events, including three in the field. Junior John Li and freshman Mike Benz tied for first in the pole vault and sophomore Noah Kennedy-White claimed the discus. On the track, the 4x100m relay team of freshman Wyatt David, senior Kyle Webster and juniors Harrison Scharf and Ben Bowers finished first with a time of 42.81. David also placed second in the 100m, while fellow classmate Jeff Wiseman was the runner-up in the 400m. Sophomore Sam Kaplan (javelin), senior Marcus LaRoche (shot put) and sophomore Nick Tuck (1,500m) also took second in their respective events. Penn also sent junior Sam Mattis to the Texas Relays, where he took third in the discus with a mark of 192-04, 11th-best mark all-time in Ivy League history.

Next events: Friday, April 3, Florida Relays – Gainesville, Fla./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Stanford Invitational – Stanford, Calif.

PRINCETON
The women sent some of their throwers to compete in the Monmouth Season Opener while the men had the week off. Junior Brielle Rowe set a personal record in the hammer throw, reaching 156-1 to place fifth overall (third among collegiate athletes). Freshman Kennedy O’Dell took fourth in the discus, while senior Sarah Waszkewitz, sophomore Ariel Becker and junior Kerry Krause took part in the javelin.

Next event: Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J.

YALE
Did not compete last week.

Next events: Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, University of Virginia Invitational – Charlottesville, Va./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton – Princeton, N.J./Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, Stanford Invitational – Stanford, Calif.