Continued Success on Relays Friday


Two Cornell and one Harvard athlete scored event wins on Friday at the Penn Relays, while other Ivy teams placed well within some of the most competitive events of the day.

Cornell won the CM High Jump Eastern and CM Pole Vault Eastern competitions.  Tommy Butler won the high jump in 6-09 3/4, besting the 2nd and 3rd place finishers by 4 cm/1.5 inches.  Freshman Grant Sisserson won the pole vault in a new event record, 17-01, besting the competition by a foot.  That is Sisserson in the photo, celebrating his 17-01 clearance. Sisserson’s height is just outside the all-time top 10 performance list for the Ivy League outdoor pole vault.

Harvard freshman Elliot Safo won the CM Long Jump Eastern with a distance of 24-06 1/4, the best distance done by an Ivy Leaguer so far this outdoor season.

Also, we have four relays teams who qualified out of the Friday preliminary heats into Saturday finals.  Penn and Cornell qualified  their men 4×100 relay squads into the IC4A 4×100 final, being held on Saturday at 1:47pm.  Cornell also qualified their women’s 4×200 team into the ECAC 4×200 final on Saturday 2:20pm.  Princeton’s 4×400, who won the Heptagonal 4×400 heat, qualified for the IC4A 4×400 final, which will be run at 5:55pm on Saturday.

Other top 6 finishes on Friday included:

Abbey D’Agostino‘s strong 1,500m leg (4:08.00) was the fastest in the field and 2nd fastest split in 4×1,500m Championship of America history, which helped the Dartmouth 4×1,500m squad of Abby Markowitz (4:27.4), Dana Giordano (4:16.4), and Margaret Donovan (4:29.1) finish 3rd in the event with 17:20.87.

– Columbia also had a strong performance in the 4×1,500m Championship of America.  The foursome of Olivia Sadler (4:24.4), Waverly Neer (4:22.0), Anna Williams (4:33.5), and Trina Bills (4:36.7) finished 5th in 17:56.59.

– New Mexico finished 4th in the 4×1,500m Championship of America.  The team was anchored by Harvard graduate Sammy Silva, who ran a 4:26.2 on her leg.

– Dartmouth’s Edward Wagner finished 6th in the College Men 400m Hurdle Championship with a new season’s best of 52.07.

– Cornell’s women 4×100 team of Adrian Jones, Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, and Katie Woodford finished 3rd in the 4×100 ECAC final in 45.91.

– Columbia’s men DMR team of Brendon Fish (2:56.55), Noah Lartigue (48.05), Harry McFann (1:46.93), and John Gregorek (4:06.14) finished 6th in the Championship of America.

– The Ivy League had 2 shuttle hurdle relay teams finish in the top 6 of the College Men Shuttle Hurdle Relay Championship.  Cornell’s quartet finished 2nd in 58.66 while Brown’s team finished 6th in 59.56.

– Harvard’s shuttle hurdle relay team (Madison Hansen, Jackie Modesett, Sylvia Deppen, Olivia Abbate) raced well in the College Women Shuttle Hurdle Relay event, finishing 6th in 57.60.

– Penn freshman Noah KennedyWhite finished 6th in the CM Discus Throw College with a throw of 168-07.

– Penn’s Nathan Harringer finished 3rd in the CM High Jump Eastern with a height of 6-08 1/4.

– Columbia’s Nadia Eke finished 6th in the CW Triple Jump Championship with a new season’s best of 42-01 1/2.

– Princeton’s Jake Scinto finished 4th in the CM Long Jump Eastern with a distance of 23-02 1/2.

– Cornell men’s sprint medley relay of Larry Gibson, Kinsley Ojukwu, Bruno Hortelano-Roig (47.0), and Will Weinlandt (1:49.28) finished 6th in the CM Championship of America.

– In the Corporate Distance Medley Relay, Princeton alumna Sarah Cummings ran the 400m leg (after running Boston Marathon this past Monday), helping her Goldman Sachs & Co. team finish 4th in the event in 11:20.83.

Penn Relays action concludes today.  Follow the meet on Facebook, twitter, or even Flotrack.  Results and photos from yesterday competition are available online.

photo by Kim Spir

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