Well, I guess it isn’t too early in the season to break records or for a major overhaul of the record books. Here is a recap of what has happened in just the last two days:
On Friday night, Dartmouth Abbey D’Agostino reset her conference record in the mile, running a 4:28.31 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. She finished second behind the young-phenom Mary Cain, who was aiming for the World Junior Record for the distance. The previous Ivy record was D’Agostino’s 4:30.03 that she ran at the 2013 Millrose Games. This is the top collegian time in the mile so far this season, and the third fastest indoor mile in NCAA history.
On Saturday, Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan became the 408th American to break the magical 4:00/mile barrier, winning the mile in 3:58.04 at Boston University. He broke Columbia’s Kyle Merber‘s record of 3:58.52, set in 2010. Geoghegan’s time is is the fastest, non-converted mile performance in the NCAA so far this season. Friend of Hepstrack Doug Austin grabbed some winning shots of Geoghegan’s record-breaking performance.
A few hours later, Harvard’s Maksim Korolev made his indoor season debut by dominating the 5,000m at Boston University, lapping the field en route to winning the event in 13:42.56. The previous conference record was set in 2012 by Princeton’s Donn Cabral (13:45.92). Korolev’s time is also ranked #1 in the nation right now.
Meanwhile, out in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell’s Stephen Mozia is now the best shot putter in indoor conference history. He threw 67-4 (20.52 meters) at the Upstate Challenge, breaking the record of 66-01 3/4 that Princeton’s August Wolf set back in 1983 (which was before Mozia was even born). Mozia’s mark is the best in the nation right now by 4-inches.
There have two other instances in Ivy League history where three records were ever broken on the same day: the weight throw (Princeton’s Conor McCullough), 3,000m (Princeton’s Joe Stilin), and 5,000m (Cabral) in 2012; and the 5,000m (Dartmouth’s Tom McArtle), 60m and 200m (Harvard’s Chris Lambert) in 2002.
Eight other athletes also set marks that fell within the top 10 indoor performances in conference history:
And we still have five weeks until Indoor Heps.