Both chases for the 2013 Outdoor Heps titles were shaken up by team dominance in Saturday evening’s 10,000-meter runs.
For the women, it was the Cornell Big Red winning big, scoring 21 of the event’s 31 points as senior Katie Kellner won in 33:29.64, just two-tenths ahead of Brown senior Olivia Mickle. Juniors Rachel Sorna (33:34.59) and Devin McMahon (34:27.26) were third and fourth as Cornell jumped into the Day 1 lead with 44 points, 12 ahead of the Brown Bears.
Host Princeton was third with two notable victories. Senior Tory Worthen made it eight-for-eight in the pole vault, clearing 3.82 (12-6 1/4) to claim her fourth Outdoor Heps title. She’d won her fourth Indoor title at Harvard in February.
The other impressive Tiger win came from freshman Julia Ratcliffe, who bettered the previous meet hammer throw standard five times en route to victory. Her best throw of the day was 66.51 meters (218-2), 18 feet ahead of Brown senior Lacey Craker.
Other women’s winners on the day were Columbia senior Uju Ofoche, who soared 6.03 meters (19-9 1/2) for her fifth straight title, and Cornell senior Victoria Imbesi, who took the javelin with a best of 48.29 meters (158-5).
On the men’s side, the day-ending 10k was owned by the host school as the Tigers claimed 24 points to overtake Cornell, 44-41, in the first day standings. Senior Michael Franklin won in 29:46.77 while junior Chris Bendtsen stormed past Columbia senior Mike Murphy for second place. Tiger junior teammates Alejandro Arroyo Yamin and Tyler Udland finished in a virtual dead heat for fourth. Arroyo took that place by .003.
Harvard senior Nico Weiler flirted with a no height before taking the pole vault with a clearance of 17-00 3/4. The long jump went to Princeton junior Tom Hopkins by just a 1/4 inch over Cornell junior Steven Bell, 24-9 1/4 to 24-9. If Princeton were to win the meet by two points, everyone should remember this finish.
Cornell sophomore Rob Robbins won the javelin with a big throw of 69.39 meters (227-8), but Dartmouth senior Brett Gilson gave him a run for the money with a throw of 67.65 meters (221-11). The other winner on the day was Columbia senior Duncan Dickerson, who claimed the hammer in 58.94 meters (193-4). He was the first Lion to ever win the hammer.
WOMEN (Qualifiers in parenthesis) — 1. Cornell, 44 (9); 2. Brown, 32 (3); 3. Princeton, 24 (8); 4. Penn, 20 (6); 4. Columbia, 20 (10); 6. Dartmouth, 9 (9); 7. Harvard, 6 (10); 8. Yale, 0 (3).
MEN (Qualifiers in parenthesis) — 1. Princeton, 44 (14); 2. Cornell, 41 (14); 3. Dartmouth, 20 (7); 4. Columbia, 17 (4); 5. Harvard, 15 (3); 6. Yale, 8 (3); 7. Brown, 6 (8); 8. Penn, 4 (5).