It will be an interesting situation when you have a conference championship 60m race with the potential for the following individuals — the defending champion (Harvard’s Damani Wilson), two former 60m champions (Cornell’s Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon and Dartmouth’s Connor Reilly), the two-time defending outdoor sprints champion (Brown’s John Spooney) and another outdoor champ and near Olympian (Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig). Who has the edge in a race where the right lean at the right time can determine who wins? Wilson won this event last year based on such a lean over Spooney, a difference of 0.001 seconds. The top six performances this year are within 0.05 seconds of each other. Spooney has the best conference time right now with 6.79, but Adarquah-Yiadon and teammate Chris Bain are just a ‘step’ behind Spooney with their best of 6.80. Princeton has some speedy frosh this year — Dre Nelson (6.84) and John Hill (6.88) — who could shake things up, as Cornell has typically scored a lot of points in recent years in this event.
Princeton can definitely cut through Cornell’s speed dominance in the hurdles, where the Tigers have three of the top five so far in 2013 with Robert Mohr (first), Greg Caldwell (third) and Richard Sheldon (fifth). Mohr’s seasonal best time of 7.91 (set earlier this month) is among the top-five in conference history and is more than a tenth ahead of the next fastest hurdler, Harvard’s Jarvis Harris. Cornell is resting their hopes on frosh Max Hairston to be able to score high in this event in order to break up a potential Princeton sweep.
Top fives for 2013:
6.79 — John Spooney (Brown)
6.80 — Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon (Cornell)
6.80 — Chris Bain (Cornell)
6.82 — Andrew Ezekoye (Harvard)
6.84 — Dre Nelson (Princeton)
6.84 — Connor Reilly (Dartmouth)
7.91 — Robert Mohr (Princeton)
8.02 — Jarvis Harris (Harvard)
8.10 — Greg Caldwell (Princeton)
8.12 — Max Hairston (Cornell)
8.17 — Richard Sheldon (Princeton)
— Mary Boggs