In the weekend preview, I wondered to what extent the record books would need to be updated after this loaded weekend. With the weekend competition complete, a total of 11 new entries need to be added or updated in the indoor record books. No new conference records, but all of the major track and field categories (sprints, distance, relays, field events, multis) need some updates done. But this weekend was not just about updating the record books – a lot happened, and we have it all summarized in the paragraphs below by some wonderful HepsNation volunteers.
Speaking of volunteers – we have three new people helping with the weekend recap this time around. Susan Rodriguez is a recent Columbia graduate whose specialty was in the intermediate hurdle events. Rachel Sorna (Cornell ’14) is an All-American in cross country and steeplechase, as well as the conference record holder in the steeplechase. Becky (Orfinger) Wexler was a distance runner for the Big Red in the late 1990s. Thanks for volunteering, ladies!
Armory Invitational – Men’s Recap (L. Kelsey Armstrong, Penn ’95)
The teams of Columbia, Penn and Princeton traveled to New York City to take part in one of the premier indoor meets of the season, the Armory Track Invitational. These teams were up to the challenge, especially the middle/distance runners. Penn junior Thomas Awad placed 3rd in the invitational mile (4:00.20), a school record and the 9th best time ever by an Ivy Leaguer during the indoor season. Columbia alum Liam Boylan-Pett placed fourth in the same event in 4:01.77. The Distance Medley Invitational had a world record performance by Team USA, but Columbia came in 5th (9:35.02-tied for 5th best in league history), while Princeton came in 8th (9:41.58). Columbia alum Kyle Merber ran for the NJ-NYTC relay team and anchored with 3:58.20 1600m-leg. Columbia’s Robert Napolitano (4:06.13), Princeton’s William Bertrand (4:06.23) and Columbia’s Ben Ritz (4:06.84), all sophomores, placed 3rd, 4th and 5th overall in the college mile (5th, 6th and 7th best conference times). Columbia junior Tait Rutherford finished 2nd in the college 3K (8:04.57), followed by Princeton senior Matt McDonald (8:06.67, 3rd place) and Princeton junior Sam Berger (8:08.68, 6th place). Columbia senior Paul Ross ran the 2nd best conference time, while winning the college 5K in 14:17.85. Penn placed 2nd (7:36.81), while Columbia placed 6th (7:46.97) in the college 4 X 800m relay.
Notable members of the sprints/hurdles/jump group all achieved second best league performances. Princeton junior Greg Caldwell and senior Rob Mohr both ran 8.11 in the 60mH. Penn senior Tom Timmins ran 1:03.71 (8th place) in the 500m behind his teammate, freshman Jeff Wiseman (1:03.47, 7th place). Princeton freshman Carrington Akosa ran 6.85 in the heats of the 60m. Penn junior Thomas Pitt jumped 6’11 1/2″ in the high jump (3rd place), with his freshman teammate Michael Monroe clearing 6′ 9 3/4″ for the 4th best conference performance and 4th place finish.
Armory Invitational – Women’s Recap (Susan Rodriguez, Columbia ’13)
In the field events, Nadia Eke (Sr. Columbia) led the way with a big win in the college triple jump. Her jump of 43-2.5 was over half a foot farther than second place. That mark places her third on the Heps all-time indoor list, just ahead of her own 42-11.5 from last year, and the top distance in the season so far. We saw a couple of all-time top-ten performances in the 500m as well. Candace Taylor (Fr. Penn) finished fourth overall in 1:12.72. Not far behind was Princeton’s Kim Mackay (Sr.) in 1:12.74. These performances rank them third and fourth in the conference rankings right now, as well as 10th and 11th Heps all-time after this weekend.
In the middle distances, there were several Heps runners placing in the top ten. Cecilia Barowski (Jr. Princeton) placed sixth overall in the 800m in 2:08.56, a time that is good enough for second in the conference standings. Carey Celata (So. Penn) ran well in the 1,000m, placing fifth in 2:49.16 – less than 1 second off the Heps all-time #10. Zoe Sims (So. Princeton) was the next Heps finisher in ninth (2:51.16). In the mile, we had four Heps finishers in the top eleven, led by Olivia Sadler (Jr. Columbia) in sixth with 4:52.59. Penn’s trio of Ashley Montgomery (So. 7th, 4:56.19), Abby Hong (Fr. 8th, 4:56.97), and Clarissa Whiting (So. 11th, 5:00.30) rounded out the group.
Moving on to the distance events. In the 3000m, Cleo Whiting (So. Penn) and Leila Mantilla (Jr. Columbia) finished less than a half second apart in seventh and eighth with times of 9:31.29 and 9:31.74.These times rank them fifth and seventh in the conference rankings. In the 5000m, Lindsay Eysenbach (Sr. Princeton) ran 16:52.17 for third place, Kathryn Little (Jr. Princeton, 16:57.16) and Columbia’s Erin Kelly (Fr., 17:31.09) finished fifth and ninth, respectively. Princeton and Columbia had good showings in the distance medley relay. Princeton (Kaitlin Hanss, Meghan McMullin, Cecilia Barowski, Emily de La Bruyere) finished behind winning Duke and runner-up Wisconsin in 11:25.12. Columbia (Brianna Lenehan, Brittney Wade, Sarah Hardie, Aryn Foland) also made the top ten, placing sixth in 11:37.23.
There was some alumni action on the track as well with two former Princeton runners competing in the two-mile invitational. Ashley Higginson (Saucony) ran 9:42.58 for fifth place, while Liz Costello (NB Boston) was right behind in sixth with 9:42.78.
Multi-Event Results (various locations)
Princeton sent two of their women to the Penn State National Invitational. Junior Taylor Morgan set a new personal best in the pentathlon, 3,777 points, en route to winning the multi-event in State College, Penn, by over a 150 points. The performance is the best pentathlon to date this season and is the 10th best all time. Morgan’s best events at the meet were the shot put (39-01 3/4) and 800m (2:24.68) portions. Junior Kerry Krause finished 4th in the competition with 3,484 points, three points shy of a new personal best. Krause’s best events were the 60m hurdles (9.13) and high jump events (5-06).
Meanwhile, two freshmen got their first collegiate heptathlon experiences in. Penn sent two freshmen to the Annual Bison Open and Multis meet at Bucknell University. Tim Schanstra scored 4,434 points for 9th place, while his teammate Sean Collins finished just behind him with 3,866 points. Collins had the fastest 1,000m time of the meet with a 2:53.42, while Schanstra’s best events were in the jumps (long jump – 20-03; pole vault – 12-05 1/2) . Princeton hosted their annual Princeton Multis, with frosh James Burns being the lone Tiger representative. Burns finished in 5th place with 4,084 points, with his strongest event occurring in the 60m hurdles (8.84).
Robert J. Kane Invitational (Becky Wexler, Cornell ’99)
Cornell hosted and participated in its third invitational of the season on Saturday, but there were no team scores kept. Still, on the women’s side, seven of the events were won by Cornell athletes, including a first through fourth-place sweep in the 500, led by freshman Taysia Radoslav in an ECAC-qualifying time of 1:14.87. And although she was beaten by an unattached athlete, senior Eve Bishop jumped to the top of the conference rankings with her pole vault of 12-05 1/2 (3.80m).
Other individual winners included senior Zena Kolliesuah (400m, 59.50; she was also third in the 200m with a time of 25.34), freshman Leah Triller (800m, 2:16.37), freshman Shannon Hugard (1000m, 2:55.57), junior Sarah Holl (mile, 5:05.20), senior Sydney Williams in the 3,000m (10.12.05) and freshman Taylor Drayton (shot put, 41-05 3/4).
A group of mostly Cornell men’s sprinters and field event specialists won nine events on Saturday. A pair of freshman, Michael Smith and Stanford Cooper, went 2-3 in the 200m in IC4A-qualifying and conference top 5 times (22.35) and 22.49). Yet another freshman, Myles Lazarou, jumped 6-10 1/4 (2.09m) to win the high jump, a height that landed him just behind his teammate Stephen Afadapa in the Heps rankings. Junior Ryan Hynes was only second behind an unattached athlete in the long jump, but his 23-04 1/2 (7.12m) landed him second in the conference rankings.
Shot put star Stephen Mozia won his signature event with a conference-leading heave of 63-02 1/4 (19.26m), more than 5 meters ahead of second place. Mozia was second in the weight throw behind sophomore teammate Rudy Winkler (65-04, ranked second in the Heps standings). Other individual winners included freshman Ross Clarke (800m, 1.56.10), freshman Tim Boston (1000m, 2:32.54), sophomore Wynndham Curtis (60m hurdles, 8.27), sophomore Grant Sisserson (pole vault, 17-0 3/4) and sophomore John Enkler (triple jump, 47-06 1/4).
Boston University Terrier Invitational (Rachel Sorna, Cornell ’14)
The BU John Thomas Terrier Classic is always one of the marquee meets at the halfway-point of the season. Despite the recent efforts of Mother Nature to thwart all plans of fast times and great marks (massive blizzard ‘Juno’ dropped a whopping 24+ inches of snow on Boston just 3 days prior to the meet start), the Ivy League was still represented by squads from Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale. There were a total of 4 event wins and 17 top 5 finishes.
Brown made a statement in the field, taking the top Ivy performance in four of the women’s field events. In the triple jump, O’Sha Williams claimed 3rd place with a leap of 38-6 ¾. Taking 8th in the long jump was Shandell Scott with a jump of 17-10 ¾. And in the throws, Michelle Brazile threw for 45- 0½ in the shot put to take 3rd while teammates Josie Natrasevschi and Heather Vermillion took 6th and 8th in the weight with throws of 52-9 ½ and 51-0 ¾ respectively. Brown’s representation on the track was highlighted by Rachel Van Metre’s sixth place showing in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.90 and Clare Peabody’s fifth place finish in the 1,000m with a time of 2:50.3, the 2nd best conference mark so far this season.
The Brown men led the Ivy League in remarkable 8 events on Saturday. Peter Rhodes was 9th in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.26 and also jumped 22-2 ¼ in the long jump to take 7th. Other highlights in the field events included Taylor Alarcon’s sixth place showing in the triple jump (47-1 ½), Courtland Clavette’s third place finish in the shot put (54-7 ½), and Matthew O’Hara’s 5th place finish in the weight throw (58-3 ¾). But it was the Brown men’s long sprint and middle distance performances that really stood out. Ben Ostrowski finished 8th in the 800m with a time of 1:52.0 while teammate Ned Willig ran 2:21.6 to take the 1000m title. Willig’s time is the 5th best in Ivy League history. The Brown 4x400m relay also impressed with a runner up finish. The squad of Ryan Kelly, Ostrowski, Zachery Emrich, and Oluwatosin Oyewole ran 3:11.6, good enough for 5th best all time.
The Dartmouth men had a solid day as they racked up a number of great performances. In the 500m, Amos Cariati finished in 5th place with a time of 1:04.8. Nathaniel Adams ran 14:20.9 in the 5000m for 8th place, currently the second best time in the league. Pole vaulter Max Cosculluela jumped 15-5 for 9th place. But it was the 3000m at the end of the day that stole the show. In one of the most competitive events of the meet, teammates Curtis King and Joey Chapman threw down against the post-collegiates and ended up running 8:01.3 and 8:01.5 for 5th and 6th place receptively.
Meanwhile the Dartmouth women had a great showing of their own. Kaitlin Whitehorn tied for 4th place in the high jump with a leap of 5-7. Jennifer Meech was the top Ivy performer in the 400m as her now conference leading time of 55.02 earned her 6th place. Also taking 6th place were teammates Bridget Flynn in the 1000m with a time of 2:51.8 and Lyndsi Ross-Trevor in the pole vault with a jump of 11-9 ¾. But, as was the case with the men, it was the 3000m that really impressed. Dana Giordano claimed the title with a blistering 9:07.3. Her time is the number one conference mark so far this season, the number 3 all-time Ivy performance (behind only former teammate Abbey D’Agostino and Harvard’s Jenny Stricker), and currently the 4th best time in the nation.
The Crimson women had a truly spectacular day in their home city with 9 top Ivy performances, 2 event wins, and 2 additional top collegiate performances. In the 60m Ashley Collinsworth claimed the title with a run of 7.61 second. Jackie Modesett took second place in the 60H with a time of 8.74 to earn top collegiate honors. In the 200m, Danielle Barbian ran a conference leading time of 24.38 to take 5th place overall and 10th place in the conference record book. Jade Miller was the top collegian in the 500m (behind recent Dartmouth grad Megan Krumpoch) with a time of 1:12.71, a time that is the 9th best in conference history. The Harvard women dominated the 800m by placing 3 in the top 8. Erika Veidis took home the title with a time of 2:05.8 while teammates Gabrielle Scott and Kieran Gallager took 6th and 8th with times of 2:11.0 and 2:11.3 respectively. Veidis’ time is not only conference leading but currently the 5th best in the nation. In the mile, Paige Kouba was 8th with a time of 4:47.4 while teammate Whitney Thornburg was the top Ivy performer in the 5000m with a run of 16:36.7, good for 2nd in the conference. The highlight in the field events was Raegan Nizdil’s fourth place tied effort in the high jump with a mark of 5-7. Harvard also fielded the only Ivy relay of the evening with the 4×400 ‘A’ squad of Scott, Scoot, Miller, and Veidis all coming back to take 4th place in a time of 3:46.8.
The Harvard men were not to be outdone as they also competed well in their home city. In the 60m hurdles, Jay Herbert finished 8th with a time of 8.26. Teammate Malcom Johnson was the top performer in the 200m with an 8th place showing (ranks 9th fastest in conference history). His time of 21.62 is good for 8th all time. Billy Looney finished 13th in the 800 with a run of 1:52.6. A pair of 7th place finishes also came from Tom Purnell in the mile (4:02.8) and Will Geiken in the 5000m (14:17.0). Geiken’s time is currently the best in the league.
Four key performances and top Ivy showings highlighted the day for the Yale men. In the 400m, Marc-Andre Alexandre ran a conference leading time of 47.91, good for 7th place overall. Teammate James Randon finished 6th in the mile with a fine time of 4:02.2. And in the field, there were two good tying performances. In the pole vault Brendan Sullivan jumped 15-5 to tie for 7th place while teammate Michael Koller jumped 6-6 ¾ in the high jump to tie for 10th place.
The Lady Bulldog’s also had a quartet of strong performances on Friday. In the 60m, Sydney Cureton placed 8th with a time of 7.73. Teammate Emily Cable also notched an 8th place finish in the 400m with a time of 55.75. Taking 9th place in the 5000m was Elizabeth McDonald with a time of 16:41.4. McDonald’s time currently puts her third in the conference. The highlight performance for the Yale women came from Kira Garry with her great run in the 3000m. Continuing her breakout senior campaign, Garry finished 4th with a time of 9:21.9. Her time moves her to second in the conference behind only Giordano.
The alumni presence this weekend was strongly felt as Ivy post-collegiates peppered the results across both days. For the women, Harvard graduate Morgan Kelly (now running for Virginia) ran 9:28.0 in the 3000m for 5th place. Dartmouth graduate Megan Krumpoch (unattached) reminded us why she is a multiple Heps champion with her commanding victory in the 500m with a time of 1:11.8. Columbia graduate Marvellous Iheukwumere (CPTC-New Balance) in both the 60m (7.71 – 6th) and 200m (25.17 – 23rd). On the men’s side there was an even larger contingent of former Heps runners. Harvard grad Damani Wilson (Northeastern) ran 7.01 in the 60m for 18th place. Dartmouth grad Steve Mangan (BAA) and Princeton grad Mark Amirault (unattached) both competed in the mile: Mangan finished as runner up in the event with a 4:00.2 in the mile for second place. while Amirault ran 4:07.7 in the mile for 15th place. Columbia grad Brendan Martin (Nyac-Brooks) ran 14:01.6 to take 2nd in the 5000m. But it was, once again, that 3000m that really shook things up. The fast heat featured an astounding 7 former Ivy Leaguers. Former Brown runner Dan Lowry (BAA) was the fastest of the bunch, dipping under 8 minutes clocking a 7:59.2 4th place finish. Also competing were Brown grad Kevin Cooper (New Balance Boston), Harvard grad James Leakos (BAA), Dartmouth grad John Bleday (Boston College), Dartmouth grad Henry Sterling (NE Distance), and Cornell grad John Schilkowsky (Northeastern). Former Dartmouth runner and XC Heps Champion Ethan Shaw was also gracious enough to serve as the elite race’s rabbit, helping a total of 4 men break that elusive 8 minute barrier.