The Race Is On [Updated with 500 thru 1k]

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Now things are getting interesting as Princeton junior Damon McLean has dethroned Cornell’s Steven Bell in the long jump. Combined with Tiger classmate Tom Hopkins claimed third, the Orange & Black outpointed Cornell, 16-12, in one of the Big Red’s strongholds.

McLean’s winning leap of 7.55 meters (24-9 1/4) is among the all-time top 10 at Heps and is the second-longest leap since 1996. The only better mark in that span is 24-10 by Duane Teixiera of Cornell in 2010. Another half-inch and McLean would have knock his coach, Fred Samara, out of the Heps’ all-time all-event top 10.

Princeton also showed strong with the top qualifiers in the 500- and 800-meter runs. Senior Russell Dinkins posted a 1:03.26 in the 500, just ahead of Cornell sophomore Rutger Admirand. Tiger soph Bradley Paternostro legged out 1:50.51, just ahead of Cornell junior Will Weinlandt.

The Tigers also sent three to the 1,000-meter run final as Yale’s James Shirvell posted the top time in the heats. Brown rookie Ned Willig — who’d run 2:22.96 early in the season — won a slower heat. Am told that his parents met at Cold Molsons, a party that used to run in West Philadelphia after the Penn Relays.

The long jump results:

1. Damon McLean, Princeton — 7.55m (24-9 1/4)
2. Steven Bell, Cornell — 7.39m (24-3)
3. Tom Hopkins, Princeton — 7.26m (23-10)
4. Hercules Stancil, Cornell — 7.19m (23-7 1/4)
5. Jeremy Thibodeau, Dartmouth — 7.09m (23-3 1/4)
6. Okuoma Idah, Brown — 6.83m (22-5)

The qualifiers in the 500m dash:

Russell Dinkins, Princeton — 1:03.26
Rutger Admirand, Cornell — 1:03.54
Tom Timmins, Penn — 1:04.24
Andre Anderson, Cornell — 1:04.68
Cisco Olloqui, Cornell — 1:04.69
Sam Miner, Columbia — 1:05.05
Denzel Woode, Columbia — 1:05.26
Nathan Elder, Brown — 1:05.38

The qualifiers in the 800m run:

Bradley Paternostro, Princeton — 1:50.51
Will Weinlandt, Cornell — 1:50.57
Connor Claflin, Columbia — 1:50.74
Harry McFann, Columbia — 1:51.45
Mato Bekelja, Penn — 1:51.87
Henry Tufnell, Brown — 1:52.17
Hong Cho, Cornell — 1:52.69
Tyler Benster, Brown — 1:53.06

The qualifiers in the 1,000m run:

James Shirvell, Yale — 2:25.96
Nick Wade, Cornell — 2:26.12
Michael Williams, Princeton — 2:26.52
Brendon Fish, Columbia — 2:26.76
Nathan Mathabane, Princeton — 2:27.34
Ned Willig, Brown — 2:28.61
Luke Decker, Dartmouth — 2:29.09
David Pugliese, Princeton — 2:29.53

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