Combating Cabin Fever


If you’re confined to your house today due to the snowy weather conditions on the East Coast, perhaps will can help you battle your potential “cabin fever” with this Ivy weekend recap.  All eight schools competed this past weekend, ranging from hosting their own invitationals (Cornell, Princeton), travelling for conference tri-meets (Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale), local travel (Brown, Penn), or heading to the other side of the country (Harvard).  We will get to our Athletes of the Week tomorrow.

While a number of athletes made their season debut this past weekend, we are debuting a new writer this week – L. Kelsey Armstrong (Penn ’95), a former Heps 400m champion, helped us with our weekend recap after responding to our blog post last week.  Thanks Kelsey!  If anyone else is interested in helping with weekend recaps, feel free to contact us with your interest and availability.

And now, onto the recaps.

Brown at the Joe Donahue Games

On Friday, the Brown squads put up some great showings at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston, where they finished in 2nd place in their respective competitions.  The men had four event wins and three other top-3 finishes in the meet, while the women had two event wins and four others with top-3 finishes.  On the track, Ryan Kelly won the 400m in 49.18, the top non-converted 400m time in the conference to date, and Ben Ostrowski won the 800m in 1:54.22.  For the women, Alex Stanton won the 500m in 1:15.05 for the lone win on the track for the Bears. Brown claimed both shot put titles, with Courtland Clavette winning in 54-0 ½ and freshman Michelle Bazile winning the women’s event in 43-07 3/4.  The final Bear win came from freshman Joseph Woo, who won his second collegiate pole vault event with a best clearance of 14-09.  Rachel Van Metre (hurdles, 9.12), Morayo Akande (high jump, 5-07), and Taylor Alarcon (triple jump, 46-0 ¾) finished as the runner-up in their respective events.  Freshmen Jeanne Noordam (400m, 58.97) and Brian Pfaff (200m, 22.41), Chelsie Churchill (triple jump, 37-02 ½), and Chris Garzia (hurdles, 8.33) all finished third in their respective events.  Meanwhile, Harvard graduate Damani Wilson scored for Northeastern again in the 60m, where he finished 3rd in the finals (6.96).

Cornell at the Upstate Challenge

In their second home invitational of the year, the Cornell Big Red continued their domination over the northern-New York competition as they swept the team titles.  The women had 9 event wins at the meet, including a sweep to all three contested relays.  Three women claimed an individual title while also being members of one of the winning relays.  Emily Woodford (400m, 57.84) and Udeme Akpaete (200m, 24.75 – conference leading) were members of the 4×400 relay (3:46.65).  Akpaete also led a Cornell 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200m.  Kristen Niedrach (1,000m, 2:52.69) ran a leg on the winning DMR (12:18.50).  Other individual winners in the women’s competition were Libby Nolan (800m, 2:15.13), Maggie Szpak (3,000m, 10:21.73), and freshman Kate Gulbrandsen (high jump, 5-07).

The men had seven wins in the competition, with Tobenna Attah claiming an individual win (400m, 49.24) and assisting in the 4×400 relay win (3:18.09), and Bryan Rhodes leading a Cornell 1-2-3 finish in the weight throw (67-05 ½).  Rhodes’ mark is not only a new personal best, but it is also the 10th best mark in conference history.  David Melly (mile, 4:15.80) and Ben Rainero (3km, 8:19.43) also won on the track, while Grant Sisserson (pole vault, 16-08 ¾) and Stephen Mozia (shot put, 60-09 ¼) continued their undefeated seasons in their respective events.

Dartmouth-Columbia-Yale tri-meet (men|women)

For this weekend’s main feature, Dartmouth swept the 2015 edition of the annual Ivy tri-meet.  In the men’s competition, Dartmouth had 9 event wins across the meet, with Dom Filiano (shown above) claiming both throwing events (shot put, 52-08 ¼; weight throw, 56-06 ¾) and leading a Green scoring sweep in the weight throw. In fact, the Dartmouth men won all of the contested field events, as Jeremy Birck claimed the high jump (6-08 ¼), Max Cosculluela nabbed the pole vault (15-09), and Nico Robinson took the long jump (22-0 ¾) (note: the triple jump was not contested). Dartmouth also got a load of points in the hurdles, where Alex Frye (8.21) led a 1-2-3 finish.  Other Big Green wins came from Brett Buskey (60m, 6.97), Phil Gomez (500m, 1:03.94), and the 4×400 relay (3:17.30).  The Columbia men’s strength continue to lie in the mid- to long-distance events, as they swept the top 4 scoring spots in both the 1,000m (led by Brendon Fish in 2:20.83) and 3,000m (led by Casey Adams in 8:16.97).  The Lions also claimed the 4×800 relay (7:47.13), 400m (Johanan Sowah, 50.50), and 800m (freshman Ryan Thomas, 1:54.59).  But even this dominance in the mid-range events, Columbia still only held off Yale by 5 points as the Bulldogs were able to rack up the available points in the sprints and field events where Columbia did not have entries.  Yale did have two winners in the day: Marc-Andre Alexander in the 200m (22.08 – fastest non-converted time in the conference to date) and James Randon in the mile (4:06.89 – fastest mark in the conference to date).  The final scores: Dartmouth, 81; Columbia, 46; and Yale 41.

The women’s competition was similar to the men as Dartmouth won the tri-meet and Columbia and Yale battled for the remaining scoring positions.  Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech and Yale’s Karleh Wilson picked up multiple wins on Saturday.  Meech led a Green 1-2-3 finish in the 400m (55.93) while also participating in the winning 4×400 relay (3:50.80). Wilson won the weight throw in 54-09 ¼ and led a Yale 1-2-4 finish in the shot put (44-04 ¼).  Dartmouth also had another scoring sweep in the women’s 500m, led by Erica Hendershot (1:16.14). Kaitlin Whitehorn (60m, 7.48), Dana Giordano (mile, 4:43.05), Lauren Ready (hurdles, 8.94), and freshman Lyndsi Ross-Trevor (pole vault, 11-09 ¾) also earned wins for Dartmouth, bringing the Green win total to 7 events.  Columbia and Yale both had 5 wins at the meet.  Other than Wilson, Yale showed strength in the middle-to-long distance events, claiming the wins in the 800m (Shannon McDonnell, 2:10.90), 3,000m (Elizabeth McDonald, 9:47.79), and 4×800 relay (9:04.40).  Columbia ruled the jumps with Madelyn Magee (high jump, 5-05 ¼), Nadia Eke (long jump, 19-0 ½), and Anna Williams (triple jump, 38-08 ¼).  Olivia Sadler (1,000m, 2:51.57) and freshman Akua Obeng-Akrofi (200m, 25.06) also won their respective events.  Final scores: Dartmouth, 84; Yale, 53; Columbia, 46.

Harvard at Lobo Collegiate Invitational

Harvard might have only sent a handful of athletes out to Albuquerque, but the small group managed to gather 3 event wins at the at-altitude venue.  Danielle Barbian won the 60m in an at-altitude 7.44 (converted to 7.46 at sea level, still the fastest mark in the conference to date), and later finished 10th in the 200m in 24.46 (converted: 24.53), which is the second fastest 200m time in the conference to date.  Autumne Franklin made the finals in her specialty, the 60m hurdles, running 8.66 to finish in 6th place. Gabrielle Scott also finished in the top 3 of the 600m (a non-Heps contested event), finishing in 3rd place with 1:32.23. Scott and Franklin joined Madison Hansen and Christi Scott in the 4×400, where the speedy foursome claimed the event runner-up honors with a 3:44.77 (3:45.21 converted) time.  Out in the field events, Nikki Okwelogu continued her undefeated shot put season with a 51-05 1/2 throw to claim the event title (her winning throw was over 2 feet ahead of the runner-up), while Ben Glauser claimed the weight throw title in 63-07 1/2, almost 2-1/2 feet ahead of the runner up.  Other top 6 finishes include Glauser in the shot put (5th, 54-04 1/2), Josh Whitener in the weight throw (3rd, 60-0 1/4), and Allison Morrison in the high jump (t-6th, 5-06 1/2).  Also performing well – Harvard grad Sammy Silva, running for New Mexico, had a great 2015 debut in the mile, where she finished 4th overall and top collegian finisher in the mile with 4:48.25 (4:41.97 converted).

Penn and Princeton at the Tiger OpenL. Kelsey Armstrong (Penn ’95) armstrong

Penn traveled up the road to Princeton, NJ to participate in the Tiger Open on Saturday.  There were several noteworthy performances, especially from the throwers.  Princeton junior Julia Ratcliffe dominated the weight throw by almost 3 feet (64′ 1 1/4″).  Princeton sophomore Chris Cook moved up the conference standings to second with his PR of 59′ 3/4″ in the men’s shot put.  Also in the men’s shot put, Princeton freshman Mitchel Charles and Penn senior Marcus LaRoche finished in second (56′ 3″-PR) and fourth (55′ 1 1/2″-PR) place respectively. Penn freshman Taylor Hojnacki came in fifth in the women’s shot put with a sixth place conference performance of 43′ 2 1/4″ (PR).

Princeton senior Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi won the men’s triple jump of 50′ 4″ (conference-leading jump). Princeton sophomore Allison Harris vaulted 11′ 9 3/4″ for the women’s pole vault win and fellow sophomore teammate Ben Gaylord came in third in 16′ 3/4″ for the men.

On the track, Princeton junior Cecilia Barowski won the 500m in a conference leading time (1:13.13, converted to 1:12.21 on a banked track) by over three seconds.  Princeton junior John Hill won the men’s 60m (6.87), but the second place finisher, freshman teammate Carrington Akosa ran the third fastest conference time of 6.89. Penn junior Rachel Hlatky ran the fifth fastest conference time in the women’s 400m with her second place finish of 57.59 (converted to 56.84 on a banked track). Penn freshman Barbara Biney won the women’s 60m in 7.73.

Other alumni results:

The Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational (Lexington, Kent.) was a hotbed for the NCAA top performances this weekend.   According to the host University of Kentucky, 15 (42%) of the NCAA-leading marks from the 2015 season were recorded at this meet, and on top of that, a total of 67 performances were ranked within the top-5 marks for the season so far.  Three alumni got the chance to compete at this event for their graduate schools.  John Gregorek (Columbia ’14) and Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth ’14) made their debuts in the Oregon Duck uniform.  Gregorek ran a new personal best of 7:54.85 in the 3,000m (which is a new personal best by almost 20 seconds), finishing as the runner-up to his teammate Edward Cheserek.  These two are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the country for this event.  Gregorek also ran the opening leg of the victorious Duck DMR (9:32.61 – #1 in the country).  Geoghegan focused on the 5,000m, running a new indoor PR of 13:43.22 (improved his old one by 12 seconds) to help Oregon complete a 1-2-3 sweep of the event.  Geoghegan’s time currently ranks him #4 in the country.  Morgan Kelly (Harvard ’14) ran two individual races at McCravy, with her best showing coming in the 3,000m where she had finished 5th in 9:27.59.  She also ran the mile, where she finished 13th in 4:49.43.

photo by Doug Austin

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