Wrapping Up the Relays


With the Penn Relays now complete, we can do a proper recap of the final day of competition.

We shared the story about the Penn double win last night.  But in the rush of getting the story out, there has some extra history behind each of those wins that we did not get the time to research.

With Maalik Reynolds‘ second win in the College Men High Jump Championship, Reynolds joins the company of William O’Connor (Columbia – 1930 & 1931), Leroy Brown (Dartmouth – 1922 & 1923), Tom Moffitt (Penn 1905 & 1907), Dick Phillips (Brown – 1948 – 1950), and Alma Richards (Cornell – 1915 & 1916; BYU – 1913) as Ivy League multiple champions in this event. This was Penn’s 8th win in this event, tying Texas with the most number of event wins.

As for Thomas Awad‘s win in the Olympic Development Men Mile Run, Awad’s winning time of 3:58.34 is the 2nd fastest time in Ivy League history.  Awad is the first collegiate to win this event with a sub-4 minute time since 2001, when TCU’s Eliud Njubi won in 3:56.84.  Awad is also the first Ivy League affiliated runner to win this event since 1995, when Princeton graduate (running for Reebok Enclave) Bill Burke won in 3:58.58.  Other previous Ivy League affiliated winners include Adam Dixon (Harvard – 1984 1500m) and Craig Masback (Princeton – 1980 & 1982).

Now, there were other great performances by Ivy Leaguers that were done on Saturday.  Like in the photo above.  Here’s a recap of some of the top 6 finishes done by the Ivy League.

  • Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig anchored his 4×100 team (Justin McCollin, Larry Gibson, and Steven Bell) to the College Men 4×100 IC4A victory, crossing the line in 40.64.  Penn (Mason Smith, Chad Payne, Harrison Scharf, and Brandon Senior) also competed in this final, finishing 6th with a time of 41.27.
  • Harvard’s women 4×400 ran the 4th fastest outdoor time in conference history in the College Women 4×400 ECAC final, running a time of 3:36.83 to finish 4th in the final.  The relay consisted of Autumne Franklin, Jade Miller, Jackie Modesett, and Gabrielle Scott.
  • In the 4xMile Championship of America, the Columbia foursome of Tim Cousins (4:12.9), Daniel Everett (4:02.7), Brendon Fish (4:05.3), and John Gregorek (4:02.0) finished 5th in the field with a time of 16:22.88.  The New Mexico team, who had Princeton graduate Peter Callahan as the anchor (4:05.3), finished ahead of the Lions with a time of 16:22.75.
  • Cornell earned a bid into the College Women 4×400 Championship of America by running a 3:37.96 on Friday.  In yesterday’s final, Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, Elyse Wilkinson (54.49), and Udeme Akpaete (53.24) surpassed their qualifying time to finished 7th overall with a time of 3:37.16.
  • In the College Women 4×800 Championship of America, Princeton’s squad with Meghan McMullin (2:10.82), Zoe Sims (2:12.22), Molly Higgins (2:13.06), and Kim Mackay (2:09.31) finished 5th in 8:45.40.
  • Cornell and Penn competed in the College Women 4×800 College final.  Cornell won the event in 8:50.93 with the team of Kristen Niedrach (2:12.93), Alesha Knudson (2:12.61), Elyse Wilkinson (2:11.22), and Libby Nolan (2:14.18).  Penn finished 6th in 9:00.74 with Pauline Dabrowski (2:15.94), Ella Wurth (2:16.28), Carey Celata (2:14.31), and Chelsea Delaney (2:14.22).
  • In the men’s equivalent, Penn’s quartet of Kirk Webb (1:55.38), Drew Magaha (1:50.76), Chris Hatler (1:53.33), Mato Bekelja (1:50.70) finished 2nd in the College Men 4×800 College final with a time of 7:30.14.
  • Columbia’s 4×200 of Jaycee Parker, Ashley Cunningham, Maura McKendrick, and Iris Chijioke finished 2nd in the College Women 4×200 ECAC final with a time of 1:36.30.
  • Penn’s quartet of Noel Jancewicz, Lydia Ali, Rachel Hlatky and Taylor Hennig raced in the 4×400 College final, finishing 7th with a time of 3:45.96.
  • In the College Men 4×400 IC4A final, Princeton’s team of Daniel McCord, Bryant Switzer, Ray Mennin, and Tom Hopkins finished 7th with a time of 3:13.15.
  • In the College Men Triple Jump Championship, Princeton’s Damon McLean finished 2nd in the field with a jump of  52-07 1/2.
  • Harvard’s Efe Uwaifo finished 5th in the College Men Triple Jump College final with a wind-aided mark of 49-03 3/4.
  • Ivy Leaguers finished 2-3 in the College Men Discus Throw Championship.  Penn’s Sam Mattis finished 7.5 ft ahead of Cornell’s Stephen Mozia, 199-08 to 192-02.
  • In the Olympic Development Mile Run, Liam Boylan-Pett (Columbia-NJ*NY TC) and James Shirvell (Yale) finished 3rd (3:59.91) and 7th (4:02.38), respectively, in the event.

Results and photos from the Saturday events are available online.

Three Ivies will be hosting their own events today – Brown with the Brown Invitational, Cornell with the Big Red Outdoor Invitational, and Yale with the Yale Springtime Invitational.

photo by Kim Spir

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