Rewriting Relay Records


Damon McLean of Princeton won his first Penn Relays title, winning the College Men Triple Jump Championships with a wind-aided 52-4 (15.95m).  McLean is the first Ivy athlete to win this event since Penn’s Ben Moore won the event back-to-back in 1927 and 1928 (if you include all-time Ivy affiliates, C.E. Green of Army won this event in 1929).  We believe this 52-4 is a new personal best for McLean, but due to the wind measurement of 4.2 m/s, we cannot count it within the record books as it would have been the 8th best mark in Ivy history.

However – we need to update the record books for 4 different events, just based on yesterday’s events.

1 – The Cornell men’s 4×100 team of Ryan Hynes, Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon, Bruno Hortelano-Roig, and Kinsley Ojukwu won the College Men IC4A 4×100 final in 40.24.   That’s the 3rd fastest in conference history.  The only marks that are faster are under the 40 second barrier from the 1970’s.

2 – A few hours later, the Princeton women shattered the 4×800 record in the College Women 4×800 Championship of America, where they finished 5th.  Kacie O’Neil (2:09.28), Greta Feldman (2:03.15), Cecilia Barowski (2:07.55), and Alexis Mikaelian (2:07.29) ran a 8:27.26, shattering the old record by over 8 seconds.  It should be noted that the previous record had Olympian Morgan Uceny as the anchor.

3 – Princeton kept the record rewritting ball rolling in the College Mens 4×800 Championship of America, where the squad of Michael Williams (1:51.05), Nathan Mathabane (1:49.41), Michael Palmisano (1:52.27), and Bradley Paternostro (1:48.90) finished 5th with 7:21.62.   That time is the 5th fastest in conference history.

4 – And finally, the Princeton men 4×400 stunned many by running the 7th fastest 4×400 time in the College Men’s heats on Friday, running a 3:07.99.  That time along would have been the 4th fastest in conference history. However, Tom Hopkins (46.6), Daniel McCord (47.6), Russell Dinkins (46.5), and Austin Hollimon (45.6) each stepped it up in the College Men 4×400 Championship of America by not only finishing 5th, but also running the 2nd fastest 4×400 in conference history – 3:06.26.

Of course, the record breakers were not the only performers of the day.  Other top 6 finishes include:

– College Men Hammer Throw Championships – Thomas Servino of Dartmouth (5th, 188-5)

– College Men 4xMile Championship of America – Matt Miner of Dartmouth with his Oregon team (1st, 16:17.57 – Miner’s split 3:59.9);  Yale’s team of John McGowan (4:07.8), Matt Nussbaum (4:05.3), Tim Hillas (4:03.9), James Shirvell (4:03.4) (5th, 16:20.35); and Columbia’s team of Joe Kotran (4:08.9), Mark Feigen (4:02.3), John Gregorek (4:3.2), Daniel Everett (4:07.1) (6th, 16:21.53)

– Olympic Development Men’s Mile – Princeton assistant coach Robby Andrews (4th, 3:57.82)

– Masters 40+ 4×400 – Penn Alumni Track Club with David Allison, Gabby Yearwood, Jason Costner, and Damon Manning (5th, 3:50.04)

If you want to see full results or cool photos from all of the events, check out and click on any of the events.

Congrats to all who participated at the Relays!  And now, time for Heps…


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