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In the 4×800 Relay, it was Columbia vs Brown on the final two legs.  Anchormen Harry McFann (Columbia) and Henry Tufnell (Brown) were even throughout their entire leg until 100m to go, where Tufnell tried to make his move to pass McFann.  But McFann, who won the open 800m earlier, held off Tufnell throughout that final stretch and secured the 4th win for Columbia in this event.  Columbia won in 7:24.11, Brown was 2nd in 7:24.42. Penn held off Yale for 3rd – 7:31.92 to 7:32.68.  Dartmouth (who was an early leader through 2 legs) finished in 5th in 7:34.62 while Harvard rounded out scoring with 7:36.41.

In the womens’ 4×800 relay, it was Harvard, Dartmouth, and Princeton battling it out throughout the entire race.  They all had excellent anchor legs – Megan Krumpoch for Dartmouth, Erika Veidis for Harvard, and Kacie O’Neil for Princeton.  But Krumpoch got the baton in the lead, and she held onto the lead to win the event for the Big Green – closing the gap on the team battle with Harvard.  Dartmouth won in 8:40.63, followed by Harvard (8:43.30), Princeton (8:44.98), Cornell (8:52.50), Columbia (8:52.55) and Penn (8:57.70).

Evan Weinstock of Brown won his third decathlon title today in 7,381 points (just shy of his PR).  Stephen Soerens of Princeton secured 2nd place with a 1500m event win over Cornell’s Mike Rabbitt – 7,291 to 7,264 points.

With Cornell’s Bruno scratched out of the meet, it was Larry Gibson’s turn to serve as the 4×400 anchor.  At the start of his leg, he had Harvard not too far back, followed by Brown and Princeton with an additional 20m back.  Gibson was threatened by Harvard in the final turn, but Gibson charged away, bringing home the relay crown in 3:10.76.  Tom Hopkins served as Princeton’s anchor leg and brought his team from 4th to 2nd in the final 100m, finishing with 3:11.88.  Brown finished in 3rd with 3:12.02 and Harvard was 4th in 3:13.40.

Cornell made it a 4×400 sweep as Cornell took the early lead and never gave it up.  Udeme Akpaete brought home the crown in 3:37.06, easily finishing ahead of Harvard in 3:42.91.  Penn (3:43.98), Dartmouth (3:44.14), Columbia (3:47.14), and Princeton (3:49.40) all ran very well.

In the field competition, Maalik Reynolds of Penn reclaimed the high jump title over conference rival Montez Blair of Cornell.  Reynolds attempted 7-06 1/4 but did not make it, so his finishing height was 7-04 1/2.  Blair finished 2nd in 7-03 1/4 while Penn’s Tom Pitt was 3rd in 6-11 3/4.

Harvard went 1-5-6 in the women’s shot put.  Freshman Nikki Okwelogu won her second shot put title (she won indoors) with 52-07 1/4, which is the 3rd best throw ever at a Heps championship.  Emmaline Berg of Dartmouth finished in 2nd with 49-10 and Brown’s Victoria Buhr was 3rd in 48-10 3/4.  The other Harvard scorers were Alysha Johnson (5th – 44-01 1/2) and Adabelle Ekechukwu (6th – 43-10 1/2).

Nadia Eke of Columbia won the outdoor triple jump title for the second time, jumping 42-04 3/4.  Defending champion Imani Oliver of Princeton was second in 41-07 1/4 and Alisha Jordan of Yale was 3rd in 39-11 1/2.


                          Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored                
    1) Princeton                  120.33     2) Cornell                   112.66
    3) Harvard                    103        4) Dartmouth                  66   
    5) Columbia                    59        6) Penn                       52   
    7) Brown                       26        8) Yale                       19
                        Women - Team Rankings - 20 Events Scored                
    1) Harvard                    141        2) Dartmouth                 137   
    3) Cornell                     84        4) Princeton                  77   
    5) Columbia                    76        6) Brown                      48.50
    7) Penn                        40.50     8) Yale                       16

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