Three More Watches to the Haul


With the completion of Thursday activities at the Penn Relays, three more Ivy athletes won events that earned themselves some coveted Penn Relay champion watches.

Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe continues her hammer dominance on the East Coast by winning the College Women Hammer Throw Championships with a throw of 216-02. The throw bested the competition by 12 feet and is the #3 performance in the Penn Relays event history. Ratcliffe joins Princeton ’11 Emma Ruggiero as the only Ivy Leaguers who have won this event.

During the late night Distance Carnival activities, Yale sophomore Kevin Dooney became the first Ivy Leaguer to win the College Men 5,000m Championships since Harvard’s Ian Carswell won the event in 1996. He won the event in 13:59.38, the only athlete to break the 14 minute barrier in the race. The only other Eli to have won this event was back in 1942 (Leroy Schwarzkopf).

Another Yale runner won a distance event – Yale ’03 Lucas Meyer  Princeton’s Michael Franklin won the Men’s Olympic Development 10,000m Championship with a time of 29:45.30. Franklin joins Joe LeMay (Princeton – 1996) and Curt Alitz (Army – 1977) in the Heps champions club for this event. Editor’s note: the Penn Relay results had incorrectly identified the winner of this event.

Meanwhile, Cornell, Harvard, and Penn will be sending relay squads to finals. Cornell and Penn qualified their 4×100 relay teams for the 4×100 ECAC final to be held on Friday (today) at 12:57pm. Cornell will also be sending their 4×400 to the finals – the Championship of America finals, that is. The foursome of Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, Elyse Wilkinson, and Udeme Akpaete ran the 7th fastest qualifying time of the day, 3:37.96, to earn their spot in this elite final with Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M. That race will be held on Saturday at 5:50pm. Harvard will compete in the 4×400 ECAC final on Saturday 5:45pm.

Other top 6 performances from Thursday include:
– Dartmouth DMR finishing in 4th in the College Women Championship of America, 11:06.31; Dana Giordano (3:29.60), Elizabeth Markowitz (54.32), Megan Krumpoch (2:07.29), Abbey D’Agostino (4:35.10)
– Dartmouth’s Henry Sterling finished 4th in the College Men Steeplechase Championship, 8:56.19
– Princeton’s Eddie Owens finished 5th in the College Men Steeplechase Championship, 8:56.54
– Princeton’s Lizzie Bird won the College Women Steeplechase College event, 10:16.47
– Cornell’s Rachel Sorna finished 2nd in the College Women 3,000m Championship, 9:09.45. This is the 4th fastest time in outdoor conference history.
– Princeton’s Megan Curham finished 5th in the College Women 3,000m Championship, 9:20.74
– Harvard’s Morgan Kelly finished 6th in the College Women 3,000m Championship, 9:21.42
– Brown alumna Olivia Mickle (Texas) finished 4th in the College Women 5,000m Championship, 16:18.71
– Harvard’s Emily Reese finished 3rd in the College Women 10,000m Championship, 34:11.97
– Columbia’s Jack Boyle finished 2nd in the College Men 10,000m Championship, 29:35.83
– Penn’s Brendan Shearn finished 5th in the College Men 10,000m Championship, 29:49.04
– Penn’s Kelsey Hay finished 6th in the College Women Javelin Throw Championship, 154-10

Full Thursday results can be found here.  There is also a great photo gallery of the Thursday events on Facebook – check it out here.

Photo by Steve Ruark

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