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In the men’s 5000m final, Cornell’s Brian Eimstad took the early leading opportunities until the 2 mile mark, when Princeton’s Alejandro Arroyo-Yamin took over. Harvard’s James Leakos took the lead with 3 laps to go. At the bell lap, it was Leakos, Columbia’s Daniel Everett, Dartmouth’s Curtis King, and Princeton’s Chris Bendtsen. While Leakos was trying to charge away from the group, it was Bendtsen who made the most powerful move in the field, running wide into lane 2 with 150m to go, advancing from 4th into 1st. Everett and King tried to stay with Bendtsen but Bendtsen’s kick proved to be the mightiest, winning the event in 14:28.7. Everett was second in 14:29.43, King was third in 14:30.5, Leakos finished 4th in 14:32.1. Byron Jones (Columbia) and Tim Cousins (Columbia) rounded out scoring.
In the final distance event final of the day, Abbey D’Agostino came to complete her long-distance triple. It was a loaded final, featuring D’Ags, Waverly Neer (Columbia), Rachel Sorna (Cornell), Dana Giordano (Dartmouth), Morgan Kelly (Harvard), and Sarah Delozier (Dartmouth) making up the main racing pack. D’Ags took over the lead from Sorna with 1km to go and never looked back. D’Ags won her third title of the weekend in 9:14.57. Sorna finished in 2nd, 9:20.62. Giordano sped by Neer in the final 100m, 9:22.27 to 9:23.45. Kelly held onto 5th in 9:24.79, while Delozier got Dartmouth an extra point in 6th place, 9:37.02.
After the completion of the women’s 3,000m final, Harvard is only 6 points ahead of Dartmouth, with the 4×400, 4×800, triple jump, and shot put still outstanding.
In the men’s competition, the 4×400, 4×800, HJ, DT, and decathlon remain.
================================================================================ Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored ================================================================================ 1) Princeton 120.33 2) Cornell 112.66 3) Harvard 102 4) Dartmouth 64 5) Columbia 49 6) Penn 46 7) Brown 18 8) Yale 15
================================================================================ Women - Team Rankings - 19 Events Scored ================================================================================ 1) Harvard 133 2) Dartmouth 127 3) Cornell 80 4) Columbia 74 5) Princeton 71 6) Brown 47.50 7) Penn 40.50 8) Yale 16