Defending The East

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The world of East Coast track & field would have been in a world of hurt if not for the Cornell men. For it was the Big Red which scored 68 points at the IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J., to hold off the team from Brigham Young in its first venture to the Championships.

Cornell ended up 12 points ahead of second-place BYU and third-place George Mason. Columbia was eighth overall and Harvard 16th.

The bulk of the points came from the field events, where the Red racked up more than 50 points en route to the Ivy League’s first IC4A win since 1982 and Cornell’s first since 1951. Three individuals were Eastern champions — junior Steven Bell in the long jump (7.49m / 24-7), sophomore Stephen Mozia in the shot put (17.98m / 59-0) and sophomore Rob Robbins in the javelin (71.11m / 233-4). Mozia also took second in the discus with a best of 57.63 meters (189-1).

High jumping juniors Montez Blair and Tommy Butler added another 11 points as Blair was third (2.17m / 7-1 1/2) and Butler fourth (2.09 / 6-10 1/4). Nice to see Penn junior Maalik Reynolds post his best leap of the season, clearing 2.20 meters (7-2 1/2) for second.

Columbia sophomore Brendon Fish joined the three Cornell champions with a victory in the 800-meter run, finishing in 1:51.14. Teammates Connor Claflin (1:51.37) and Harry McFann (1:51.66) were third and fourth.

The Heps’ story on the women’s side was the third-place Princeton Tigers, which like the Cornell men, had three individual winners. Senior Greta Feldman took the 800-meter run in 2:05.56 (she actually ran 2:05.03 in qualifying), senior Alexis Mikaelian won the 1,500-meter run in 4:24.69 (just ahead of Harvard’s Sammy Silva) and eight-time Heps’ pole vault champion Tory Worthen took her specialty with a clearance of 3.91 (12-10).

UConn was a decisive team champ with 73 points, well ahead of UMES (53) and Princeton (51 1/2). Two other Ivies were in the top 10 — Harvard sixth with 36 and Heps’ champion Cornell in eighth with 31.

Cornell senior Victoria Imbesi was the fourth individual titlist for the League with her javelin throw of 48.41 meters (158-10). Harvard’s standout performance came in the 4×400-meter relay. The Crimson was fourth in the final (3:38.98) after running a school-record 3:37.90 in the heats.

Brown senior Lacey Craker claimed 12 points with two third-place finishes — in the discus (47.74m / 156-7) and in the hammer (58.82m / 193-0).

Women

Team results — 3. Princeton, 51 1/2; 6t. Harvard, 36; 8. Cornell, 31; 13. Columbia, 23; 21. Brown, 15 1/2; 29. Dartmouth, 11 1/2; 30. Yale, 11; 40. Penn, 5.
400m — 6. Gabrielle Scott (Harvard), 54.49 (54.54); 8. Zena Kolliesuah (Cornell), 55.19 (54.97).
800m — 1. Greta Feldman (Princeton), 2:05.56 (2:05.03); 3. Cecilia Barowski (Princeton), 2:06.94 (2:06.26).
1500m — 1. Alexis Mikaelian (Princeton), 4:24.69 (4:19.71); 2. Sammy Silva (Harvard), 4:24.98 (4:28.56); 5. Molly Higgins (Princeton), 4:28.22 (4:25.98).
3000m — 2. Caroline Kellner (Cornell), 9:52.68; 3. Leila Mantilla (Columbia), 9:56.68; 4. Elizabeth McDonald (Yale), 9:59.76.
5000m — 5. Caroline Williams (Columbia), 16:27.87; 7. Nihal Kayali (Yale), 16:35.43.
10,000m — 2. Viviana Hanley (Harvard), 35:46.66; 3. Hannah Rowe (Dartmouth), 35:54.60; 5. Bridget End (Dartmouth), 36:03.57.
400m hurdles — 6. Susan Rodriguez (Columbia), 59.99 (1:00.68).
Steeplechase — 4. Chelsea Carrick (Columbia), 10:26.14; 5. Kira Garry (Yale), 10:27.83; 8. Claire DeVoe (Cornell), 10:31.98.
4x400m — 4. Harvard, 3:38.98 (3:37.78); 5. Cornell, 3:39.04 (3:39.98).
4x800m — 2. Princeton, 8:50.60 (8:49.56); 4. Columbia, 8:53.16 (8:58.03).
High jump — 3. Mary Hirst (Harvard), 5-9 1/4; 6. Ailish Hanley (Cornell), 5-7 1/4; 7. Kaitlyn Whitehorn (Dartmouth), 5-7 1/4.
Pole vault — 1. Tory Worthen (Princeton), 12-10; 3. Sydnie Leroy (Harvard), 12-6; 5t. Lauren Tauscher (Princeton) & Hannah Wallace (Brown), 12-6.
Shot put — 5. Victoria Imbesi (Cornell), 49-0 1/4.
Discus — 3. Lacey Craker (Brown), 156-7; 7. Shannon Watt (Harvard), 156-0.
Hammer — 3. Lacey Craker (Brown), 193-0.
Javelin — 1. Victoria Imbesi (Cornell), 158-10; 6. Kelsey Hay (Penn), 148-0; 7. Morgan Wheeler (Penn), 146-3.

Men

Team results — 1. Cornell, 68; 8. Columbia, 33; 16. Harvard, 19; 23. Penn, 14; 25. Brown, 12; 27. Dartmouth, 11; 30. Princeton, 10; 36. Yale, 5.
100m — 2. Connor Reilly (Dartmouth), 10.60 (10.77); 6. Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell), 11.33 (10.74).
200m — 6. Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell), 21.33 (21.33).
400m — Tom Hopkins (Princeton) did not compete in final after running second fastest time in the prelims (46.66).
800m — 1. Brendon Fish (Columbia), 1:51.14 (1:50.33); 3. Connor Claflin (Columbia), 1:51.37 (1:50.36); 4. Harry McFann (Columbia), 1:51.66 (1:49.55); 6. Michael Williams (Princeton), 1:52.70 (1:50.24).
1500m — 6. Michael Palmisano (Princeton), 3:49.86 (3:48.50); 8. Joe Kotran (Columbia), 3:50.40 (3:50.50).
5000m — 2. Mark Feigen (Columbia), 14:00.63; 6. Tom Purnell (Harvard), 14:12.90; 7. Mike Murphy (Columbia), 14:14.34; 8. Leighton Spencer (Columbia), 14:14.64.
10,000m — 5. Matt Thwaites (Yale), 30:31.28.
400m hurdles — 3. Andre Anderson (Cornell), 52.56 (52.35). Austin Hollimon (Princeton) did not compete in final after running second fastest time in the prelims (52.02).
Steeplechase — 8. Connor Martin (Princeton), 9:00.81.
4x100m — 6. Princeton, 41.21 (41.33).
4x800m — 4. Cornell, 7:36.27 (7:33.52).
High jump — 2. Maalik Reynolds (Penn), 7-2 1/2; 3. Montez Blair (Cornell), 7-1 1/2; 4. Tommy Butler (Cornell), 6-10 1/4.
Pole vault — 5. Nico Weiler (Harvard), 16-10 3/4.
Long jump — 1. Steven Bell (Cornell), 24-7; 7. Hercules Stancil (Cornell), 23-7 1/2.
Triple jump — 7. Kenneth Thompson (Brown), 48-9.
Shot put — 1. Stephen Mozia (Cornell), 59-0; 3. Ben Glauser (Harvard), 56-4; 7. Igor Liokumovich (Harvard), 55-8 1/2.
Discus — 2. Stephen Mozia (Cornell), 189-1; 3. Sam Mattis (Penn), 183-11; 5. Courtland Clavette (Brown), 172-10; 8. Michael Levine (Yale), 168-5.
Hammer — 5. Ben Glauser (Harvard), 196-1; 6. Thomas Servino (Dartmouth), 188-3.
Javelin — 1. Rob Robbins (Cornell), 233-4.
Decathlon — 3. Evan Weinstock (Brown), 7,265.

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