Indoor Weekend Recap #3

It’s been a very busy weekend in HepsNation, with a few Ivy head-to-heads that suggests how Indoor Heps may play out in 5 weeks.  (Aside: if you’re planning on traveling to Ithaca at the end of February, let us know by signing up at the Facebook Event page)

We’ll do the recap by meet, as there is plenty of overlap.

Ivy action began on Friday night in New York City, as Penn and a Columbia representative competed at the Great Dane Classic.  The Quaker women came 9th out of 25 teams at the Great Dane Classic.  Victoria Strickland was the highest placed finisher for the Quaker women, placing 2nd in the 800 with 2:11.45.  Gabrielle Piper made the finals in both the 60m dash and hurdles, placing 8th (7.73) in the dash and 6th (8.75) in the hurdles.  Lydia Ali placed 4th in the 400 with 57.23 and helped the 4×400 relay place 3rd in 3:50.44.  The other relay members were Leah Brown, Paige Madison, and Renee McDougall.  For the men, Maalik Reynolds tied his indoor best of 7-3 while winning the high jump.  Reynolds attempted to set a new personal best at 7-4 but just missed clearing the bar.  Teammate Ikechi Nnamani placed 5th in the high jump by clearing 6-7.  The DMR team with Michael Cunningham, Brian Fulton, Michael Brown, and Matt Chylak placed 5th with 10:19.21.  Cunningham also placed 7th in the mile with 4:13.25.  Columbia had a single representative compete at the Great Dane Classic.  Kyle Merber set a new personal best that won the 1000m (2:22.52).  That 1000m time bested the meet record that was set by Penn alum Tim Kaijala in 2008 and currently ranks Merber second in the nation.

The greatest amount of Ivy head-to-head action occurred in Hanover, NH as both Dartmouth teams won their annual tri-meet with Columbia (2nd) and Yale (3rd).

For Dartmouth, Abbey D’Agostino (see image) made a great 2012 debut with her dominant win in the mile.  Her time of 4:38.44 is not only an NCAA automatic qualifier (when converted to banked 200m timing, it is #1 in the nation), but it is also a new school record.  A spectator shared on Letsrun.com that the splits were 67-2:21-3:34-4:38.  D’Agostino’s fast pace in the mile helped her teammates Alexi Pappas place second with a 4:44.56 (8th nationally when converted to banked 200m timing) and Katelyn Walker place 3rd in 5:03.74.  The Big Green women also won the 400m (Megan Krumpoch), 500m (Meggie Donovan), 800m (Arianna Vailas), 1000m (Christina Supino), 3000m (Katie Sullivan), and 4×800 relay (with Caroline Buck, D’Agostino, Vailas, and Walker).  For the Big Green men, the sprinters, hurdlers, and high jumpers led the charge as they took top spots in those respective events.  Grant Spalding and Sam Yoder went 1-2 in the hurdles with 8.66 and 8.76 respectively; meanwhile, Connor Reilly, Tyrone DeSpenza, and Brett Buskey went 1-2-3 in the dash (7.00-7.06-7.09).  Yoder came back in the afternoon to win the high jump in 6-5.5, while teammate Jeremy Birck (6-2.25) and Ben Nollet (6-0.5) came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Dom Filiano won the shot put for third meet in row with a heave of 49-6.5.

The Columbia Lions placed 2nd in both meets, combining to win 16 events.  For the women’s meet, it was the light blue uniforms that dominated the sprints, hurdles, and jumps.  Marvellous Iheukwumere won both the 60m (7.72) and 200m (25.70) and was the lone Lion double winner of the meet.  Uju Ofoche won the long jump while ran a leg on the victorious 4×400 relay with Yamira Bell, Kyra Caldwell, and Miata Morlu.  Monique Roberts (high jump), Sarah Engle (pole vault), Eke Nadia (triple jump), and Tayler Johnson (hurdles) were the other event winners.  The Columbia men showed off their distance dominance by going 1-2-3 in both the 1000m and 3000m and winning the 400m, 4×400 relay, 800m, mile, and 4×800 relay.   Connor Claflin won the 1000m (2:28.84) and was a part of the winning 4×400 relay with Kevin Boyd, Harry McFann (who also placed 3rd in the 1000m), and Sam Miner.  Adam Benkhe won the 3000m (8:15.08).
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The Yale Bulldogs placed 3rd in the tri-meet.  Matt Bieszard was the lone double winner for the team, winning both the 200m (23.04) and 500m (1:05.41).  Dana Lindberg was also a big scorer for Yale, coming 2nd behind Bieszard in the 200m (23.11), winning the long jump (20-7.75), placing 5th in the 60m (7.23), and helping the 4×400 relay to 4th place.  Mike Levine won the weight throw (55-6.5).  The women did not win any events, but they claimed 2nd place in 8 events.  Alexa Monti placed 2nd in both the 60m (7.88) and 200m (26.32).  Elle Brunsdale scored in both the long jump and triple jumps, placing 2nd (17-0.5) and 3rd (35-1) respectively.
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In Cambridge, MA, Harvard and Brown joined forces and defeated Army and Colgate at the Harvard Challenge.  The Harvard Crimson won a total of 19 events at the meet.  Danielle Scott and Jonathon Meminger were double winners in the sprints, with Scott winning both the women’s 200m (25.70) and 500m (1:14.61) dashes and Meminger winning the men’s 60m (7.02) and 200m (22.25).  Scott lead a 1-2-3 Harvard finish in the 500m, as Molly Renfer (1:15.18) and Erika Veidis (1:15.37) came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Harvard went 1-2 in 6 other events, including the men’s shot put, women’s long jump, women’s pole vault, women’s 1000m, women’s 200m, and women’s 60m.  The Harvard squads also won both DMRs, with the women finishing in 12:08.05 and the men finishing in 10:10.34.  The Brown women won three events while the men won two.  Susan Scavone set a new league best in the hurdles with her winning time of 8.54.  Margaret Connelly won the mile in 5:00.18 with teammate Ari Garber finishing right behind her in 5:01.33.  Lacey Craker won the weight throw in 53-1.75.  Meanwhile, Dan Lowry and Kevin Cooper won events for the Brown men.  Lowry and Erik Berg finished 1-2 in the mile with times of 4:11.98 and 4:13.32.  Cooper won the 3000m in 8:36.05.
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Cornell hosted their own local challenge, taking on other local track powerhouses and cruised to victories at the Upstate Challenge.  This meet also held the heptathlon and pentathlon .  The men won 11 events while the women won five.  Steven Bell was the lone double champion for the team, winning both the long and triple jumps with 24-4.5 and 47-1.75 leaps respectively.  Josh Cusick completed a solid heptathlon to win with 5328 points over ten other competitors (six of which were teammates).  Melissa Hewitt equaled her personal best in the long jump, winning with a leap of 20-3 while frosh Katie Woodford won the 200m in 25.32.

Conference event rankings are listed at the Track and Field Results Reporting System and are updated as meet results are posted.

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