Continuing Dual Tradition

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This past Sunday, the Princeton men traveled to the Wesley A. Brown Field House (Annapolis, Md.) for the 43rd dual meeting with the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen.  The Midshipmen won the meet for a second year in a row, holding off the Tigers for a 94 to 87 win (only the top two from each team could score).  The Tigers controlled the mid-distance events, winning the 400m, 800m, 1,000m, mile, 3,000m, and 4×800 relay.  Junior Scott Rushton (shot put, 55-7 3/4/16.96 meters) and sophomore Luke Brahm (1,000m, 2:30.59) led 1-2-3 sweeps in their respective events.

Jesse Squire of the Daily Relay (and self-proclaimed Track Superfan) gave this interesting analysis of the dual meet in his collegiate weekend recap:

Does this meet have any predictive power? A bit. Princeton has been first or second at the indoor Heps (Ivy League) Championships for twenty years in a row, but in each of the last four years the Tigers won the Heps when they beat Navy and were runners-up when they didn’t. The “championship” that matters for Navy is the dual meet with Army, and a win or loss against Princeton was followed by the same result against Army over four of the last five years.

Ivy action will kick up again on Friday, where  Cornell and Dartmouth will host their own collegiate invitationals (Southern Tier Collegiate Open in Ithaca and Dartmouth Relays in Hanover), Princeton women will host their own quad meet with Rutgers, St. Johns, and St Joseph’s, and Princeton men will head to the Armory for the Gotham Cup.  Harvard is scheduled to compete at the Dartmouth Relays.  Brown and Yale will join in on Saturday with the Yale Invitational.

photo from Princeton XC/Track and Field twitter

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