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Cornell’s Stephen Mozia didn’t just break the Indoor Heps’ shot put record, previously held by an Olympic Gold Medalist (Adam Nelson) for 16 years. He crushed it. Nelson’s mark was 63-8. Mozia went 20.79 meters — or 68-2 1/2 — with his final throw. Wow. Mozia was so pumped he conducted a post-event interview (below) with a full-grown bear sitting atop his head. This man is strong.
Heps is already super heated by a super hero. But Princeton kept pace with Scott Rushton taking third, followed right behind by Orange & Black freshman Chris Cook. The Tigers had also gone 1-2-4 in the long jump to take an earlier lead in the men’s chase, though Cornell snarfed up all the other points. Winner Tom Hopkins and runnerup Damon McLean discuss it below. After two events it is Princeton 32, Cornell 19.
Another “oh my” as Cornell senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig just erased Chris Lambert’s League record in the 60-meter dash. Hortelano just ran 6.69 in the trials, .04 better than Lambert’s 2002 record. Bruno has come to dominate. Two other Cornellians advanced to the final as it took sub-7 to move on. Bruno later ran 47.04 in the 400m qualifying.
The third of four men’s finals for Saturday is in the books as Princeton’s Adam Bragg claimed the pole vault and held off a potential Cornell landslide of points. The men’s qualifying is over for the day. Here’s the tally of folks who pushed through to the finals: Cornell, 12; 2. Princeton, 10; 3. Dartmouth & Columbia, 9; 5. Brown, 7; 6. Harvard, 5; 7. Yale & Penn, 3.
Columbia’s Tait Rutherford was the surprise winner of the final men’s final of the day, winning the 3,000-meter run from the unseeded section. Despite a lineup of considerably faster runners, the seeded section came in seven seconds slower than Rutherford’s 8:17.03. A stunned Rutherford talks below. The results didn’t change the top of the team standings as Princeton still leads Cornell, 42-33. All eight teams have now scored.