Record-Breaking Weekend

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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:

  • Columbia senior Marvellous Iheukwumere won the 60m dash at the NYU Team Challenge on Friday afternoon in7.46 seconds, tied for the 2nd fastest short sprint in Ivy history.
  • Yale frosh Marc-Andre Alexander is proving himself to be a strong sprinting contender by posting the 9th fastest indoor 400m mark in Ivy history at Boston University, running a 47.45.
  • Harvard junior Gabrielle Scott tied the 7th fastest indoor 400m mark, 54.48, at the Boston University Terrier Invitational.
  • Harvard junior Erika Veidis and Dartmouth’s Megan Krumpoch both broke the top 10 in the indoor 800m, running the 5th (2:05.55) and 8th (2:06.31) fastest performances of all time.
  • Brown’s Ned Willig is moving up the top-10 1,000m record books, as his new personal best of 2:22.35 is now the 5th fastest of all time.
  • Yale’s James Shirvell‘s mile time has been a bit overlooked.  He almost joined Geoghegan in breaking the 4:00 minutes for the mile – he finished in 4:00.34, the 10th-fastest mile in Ivy history and second fastest non-converted mark in the nation right now.
  • Harvard’s 4×400 squad of Jade Miller, Veidis, Jackie Modesett, and Scott ran the 5th fastest relay in conference history, winning the event at Boston University in 3:40.41.

And we still have five weeks until Indoor Heps.

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