With powerful performances from senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig and junior Stephen Mozia, the Big Red of Cornell didn’t let it all come down to the relays. And given a disqualification for impeding a runner in the 4x400m, that is a very good thing.
Hortelano-Roig won both the 60- and 400-meter dashes and saved himself for an impressive run in that relay, but a collision between Red leadoff man Larry Gibson and Yale’s second leg runner Dana Lindberg raised the dreaded red flag and wiped Cornell’s day-ending 3:13 victory off the books. Hortelano-Roig — who was picked as the track event MVP of the meet — actually ran faster in both individual events on Saturday, but his 6.74 and 47.36 were both more than enough for the double.
Mozia was picked as the field MVP after obliterating Adam Nelson’s meet record in the shot put. Nelson — who won Olympic gold in the event in Athens in 2004 — had held the mark of 63-8 for 16 years before Mozia broke it three times, the last throw marking out at 68-2 1/2.
Princeton’s stars of the meet were seniors Tom Hopkins and Damon McLean. Hopkins won both the 500-meter dash and the long jump while McLean continued his triple jump mastery and was second to Hopkins in the long jump.
A few youngsters own some records now as well. Cornell sophomore Max Hairston matched Saidu Ezike’s meet mark in the 60-meter hurdles, winning in 7.90. And it was Dartmouth senior Steve Mangan (competing in his first indoor season) who won the fastest mile in Heps Championship history, finishing in 4:01.69 (nearly three seconds ahead of Courtney Jaworski’s previous League mark). Perhaps because of a misjudgment in the 3k, where the unseeded heat winner — Columbia’s Tait Rutherford — claimed the title, the mile was not a sit-and-kick affair. Mangan was one of four runners under Jaworski’s old mark.
The final tally for the men was: 1. Cornell, 145; 2. Princeton, 117; 3. Harvard, 95; 4. Columbia, 64; 5. Brown, 62; 6. Dartmouth, 53; 7. Penn, 28; 8. Yale, 24.