Weekend Theme – Record-Breaking

It looks like the conference decided to let this past weekend have a theme: “record-breaking”.  We noted the World Record that was set on Saturday among the pro ranks, but three new conference records were rewritten across the weekend as well.  You can watch one record-breaking performance above (thanks to Roy Bragg for capturing and sending the video to us).  You can read about the other weekend performances below.

Brown at the Coaches vs Domestic Violence Invitational 

Brown traveled down to Kingston, RI, to participate in the Coaches vs Domestic Violence Tribute Invitational on Saturday.  At the end of the competition, the Bears claimed eight individual titles and finished as runners-up to host URI in both team events.  The Brown men dominated the 500m as frosh Zach Emrich (1:04.55), Ben Ostrowski (1:04.85), and Henry Tufnell (1:05.13) went 1-2-3 within a 0.6 second spread.  The fourth place finisher was over 1 second back from Tufnell.  Martin Martinez also had a comfortable victory margin in the 1,000m, where he won the event in 2:28.96, almost 2 seconds ahead of the next finisher.  Martinez and Tufnell went to work on their speed as members of the 4×400 relay, where with Fredrick Rhine and Chris Garzia, they finished 2nd overall in 3:27.91.  The Brown men also had strong showings in the field events.  In the long jump, Brown had 3 in the top 5: Nkosi Jones (2nd – 22-10 3/4), Okuoma Idah (4th – 21-02), and Taylor Alarcon (5th – 20-10 ½).  Alarcon also won the triple jump (49-02 ½) while Dak Sheriff also placed in the top 6 (5th – 46-01 ½).  But Brown’s best showing was in the shot put, where Courtland Clavette (54-07 ¼) not only won the event, he led the Bears to a 1-2-3-5-6 finish.  Aaron Comery and Matt O’Hara placed in the top 6 in both the shot put and weight throw. Comery finished in 2nd place in the shot put (52-07 ½) and 5th in the weight throw (53-00), while O’Hara was 3rd in the shot put (51-10 ½) and 2nd in the weight throw (60-03 ¾).  Joseph Yoo finished in a tie for 3rd place in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-03 ¼.

The women showed similar strengths in the field events as the men.  Frosh Michelle Bazile claimed the throwing titles; 43-08 ½ in the shot and a new season’s best of 54-05 1/4 in the weight.  Josie Natrasevschi (53-04 ½) and Heather Vermillion (51-00) joined Bazile in a 1-2-3 sweep in the weight throw while also finishing in the top 6 in the shot put.  Alex Stanton and frosh Joelle Feinberg claimed individual wins on the track.  Stanton claimed the 400m in 57.66, while Feinberg claimed the 1,000m in 2:58.87.  Brown had a great finish in the mile, where Lydia Davenpoit (5:03.20), Leah Eickhoff (5:03.42), and Abigail Jones (5:06.56) went 3-4-5.  Other multiple top-5 finishes in the high jump (Morayo Akande [3rd – 5-05]; Aubryn Samaroo & Erin Schaeffer [tied for 5th – 5-01]) and triple jump (O’Sha Williams [2nd – 38-05]; Chelsie Churchill & Rachel Van Metre [tied for 5th 35-10]).

Dartmouth hosted the Dartmouth Classic (Becky Wexler, Cornell ’99)

Dartmouth hosted several teams from across New England and upstate New York on Saturday. No team scores were kept, but the women had winners in seven individual events and the 4x400m relay. Most of the team’s top middle distance and distance runners rested this weekend, so the sprinters, jumpers and throwers carried the day.

Junior Molly Shapiro set a new PR in the triple jump with her leap of 39’ 07 3/4” a mark that is second best in the conference right now. Junior Jennifer Meech led a 1-5 Dartmouth sweep in the 200m with a time of 25.09 and anchored the winning 4x400m relay (3:53:67). The other Dartmouth runners on the relay were senior Erica Hendershot, sophomore Kathleen Sprout (who also won the 400m in 58.53) and freshman Marissa Evans. Other event winners included junior Kaitlin Whitehorn (60m, 7.65), senior Lauren Ready (60m hurdles, 8.97), junior Stephanie Brown in the pole vault (11’ 06 1/4”) , and freshman Bridget Douglas (weight throw, 49’ 05 3/4”).

Freshman Ben Colello won two event for the men, the 60m hurdles in 8.34 and the 200m in 22.66. Other event winners were senior Brett Buskey (60m, 6.97), freshman Amos Cariati (400m, 49.92), freshman Josh Kerber (800m, 1:58.31), senior Max Coscullela (pole vault, 15’) and sophomore Corey Muggler (triple jump, 46’ 06 1/4”).

Cornell, Penn, and Princeton at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup (Rachel Sorna, Cornell ’14)

The Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by Penn State University saw the greatest amount of Ivy League action this past weekend. The meet featured squads on both the men’s and women’s sides from Cornell, Penn and Princeton. The Heps Nation held its own against the home-team powerhouse Penn State by earning an impressive 8 event wins and 13 runner up finishes. The highlight of the meet came in the Men’s Pole Vault as Princeton junior Adam Bragg won the event and set a new Ivy League Record with an outstanding jump of 17-9.

The Ivy Women produced a number of great performance over the course of the two day meet and had a particularly strong showing in the long sprint and middle distance events. In the 400m, Cornell junior Udeme Akpaete claimed the title with a conference leading time of 54.88. She was followed closely by Princeton junior Cecilia Barowski (2nd, 55.24), and Penn freshman Candance Taylor (4th, 55.99). The 600m saw a Heps sweep of the top 3 places led by Princeton senior Kim Mackay with a time of 1:31.7, followed closely by junior teammate Meghan McMullin (2nd, 1:33.9) and Penn sophomore Carey Celate (3rd, 1:34.1). And finally in the 800m, Ivy League dominated by taking the top 4 places. The individual title went to Penn freshman Gina Alm with a time of 2:12.6, with Princeton sophomore Zoe Sims (2nd, 2:13.0), Cornell junior Kristen Niedrach (3rd, 2:13.2) and Cornell freshman Leah Triller (4th, 2:13.4) hot on her heels. In the short sprints, Akpaete again impressed taking 8th place in a stacked 200m field with a time of 24.74. In the 60m, Penn freshman Taylor McCorkle led the League with a time of 7.66, good for 4th place. The League was also well represented in the longer distances. Princeton sophomore Kaitling Hanss took second in the mile with a time of 4:48.9 while Penn sophomores Cleo Whiting and Gabby Cuccia ran 4:54.0 and 4:54.4 for 4th and 5th respectively. Princeton senior Emily de la Bruyere won the 3000m in 9:43.7 while Cornell junior Caroline Kellner (4th 16:37.7) and Princeton senior Erika Fluehr (5th, 16:56.7) competed well in the 5000m. In the throws, Princeton junior Brielle Rowe took 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 48-6.0 while freshmen Taylor Hojnacki of Penn and Taylor Drayton of Cornell took 6th and 9th in the shot put with heaves of 44-11.5 and 43-1.0 respectively. The long jump was led by Penn sophomore Amaris Kobolak in 13th with a jump of 17-6.0 while Penn senior Jenny Thompson was the highest Ivy finisher in the triple jump with a leap of 37-3.0. And in the vertical jumps, Cornell freshman Kate Gulbrandsen impressed in the high jump with a jump of 5-6, good for a 4th place tie. Princeton sophomore Allison Harris and senior Eve Bishop took 6th and 7th in the pole vault with vaults of 12-4 and 11-10 respectively.

The Ivy Men were equally impressive with the distance events and vertical jumps in particular really demonstrating their strength. The Cornell men had a fantastic day in the 3000m run with sophomore David Taylor and senior David Melly taking the individual title and runner up finishes in 8:18.05 and 8:18.30 receptively. Cornell continued the distance dominance in the 5000m with junior Brian Emistad’s victory in 14:28.85. In the high jump, Cornell went 1-3 with a victory from freshman Myles Lazarou(6-9) and junior Stephen Afadapa (6-7).  Penn’s jumpers Thomas Pitt and freshman Ian Kirk also cleared 6-7, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. But it was the pole vault that truly stole the show, highlighted by Princeton junior Adam Bragg’s record performance. His 17-9 League record leap is the best time in the conference so far this season and ranks him 15th in the NCAA. Bragg was previously tied for the 6th best vault in conference history.  Following close behind him was Cornell sophomore Grant Sisserson with another great performance, 17-5 for 2nd place, a new PR, and improving from 4th to 3rd best vault in conference history. In the short sprints, Princeton stole the show. Junior Greg Caldwell took 3rd in the 60H with a time of 8.03 while freshman Carrington Akosa ran 6.82 in the 60m for 2nd and 21.67 in the 200m for 4th. Fellow freshman Michael Smith of Cornell took 2nd in the 400m with a fine run of 48.31. In the 600m, Penn junior Drew Magaha earned a runner up finish with a time of 1:19.99 while Cornell senior Cisco Olloqui took 3rd with a time of 1:20.36. In the 800m, Princeton freshman Eric Schulz was the lone top finisher in 8th with a time of 1:52.65. And in the mile, three good showings highlighted the League’s depth. Princeton senior Bradley Paternostro took runner up honors in a time of 4:02.75 while a pair of Cornell runners, sophomore James Gowans and junior Ben Rainero, took 3rd and 4th with times of 4:04.35 and 4:04.47 respectively. Wrapping up the events were the horizontal jumps and the throws.  Princeton sophomore Greg Leeper took 5th place in the long jump with a leap of 23-2.75 while in the triple jump Penn freshman Jordan Palmer took 11th (46-0.5). In the shot put, Princeton sophomore Chris Cook impressed with a second place showing (59-0.75) while Cornell senior Stephen Mozia finished in 3rd with a throw of 57-5.00. And in the weight throw, Penn junior Sam Mathis took 4th with a throw of 60-1.

Harvard and Columbia at the Crimson Elite Meet (L. Kelsey Armstrong, Penn ’95)

Harvard and Columbia  started the indoor track weekend early at the Crimson Elite Meet this past Friday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass.  The meet featured two conference records and several all-time performances.  Harvard senior Danielle Barbian broke her own conference record in the women’s 60m dash with a winning time of 7.41.  Columbia junior Ashley Cunninghman placed 2nd in 7.53 (9th all time), while Harvard senior Ashley Collinsworth ran 7.61 (6th best in conference).  Harvard sophomore Nikki Okwelogu broke the conference record which had been standing since 1987 with a 53′ 9 1/4″ winning throw in the women’s shot put. Harvard senior Jarvis Harris placed 2nd in the men’s 60mH in a conference leading time of 7.96, which is tied for the 10th best all time, while teammate Jay Hebert came in 4th in 8.18.

Other notable performances included Harvard sophomore Autumne Franklin placing 3rd in the women’s 60mH (8.54) along with Columbia junior Iris Chijioke placing 5th (8.66) and Harvard sophomore Jade Miler running 8.91 in the heats (the 1st, 2nd and 5th best times in the conference).  Harvard sophomore Josh Whitener placed 3rd in the men’s weight throw at 61′ 1/4″, 5th best in the conference. Sophomore Haley Baker and junior Madison Hansen, both from Harvard, placed 5th (18′ 2 1/4″) and 7th (18′ 1/4″) respectively in the women’s long jump (6th and 11th best in the league).  Harvard junior Spencer Lemons’ winning jump of 6′ 8 1/4″ in the men’s high jump was a personal best.  Columbia senior Kevin Boyd won the men’s 400m in 49.09, and Harvard senior Gabrielle Scott came in third in the women’s 400m in 56.30.

Harvard at the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational (L. Kelsey Armstrong, Penn ’95)

Harvard traveled alone to Boston University for the Scarlet and White Invitational on Saturday.  This group did have some impressive performances, highlighted by Gabrielle Scott running the 800m this time in 2:08.13 (5th place; 2nd fastest in conference), followed by junior Kieran Gallagher in 11th place (2:13.26; 6th fastest in conference).  The women ran the second fastest Ivy League time this season in the 4x400m relay (3:43.78), while placing 2nd overall. Ashley Collinsworth continued her weekend by placing 9th in the women’s 200m in 24.43 (3rd best in the conference), followed by Danielle Barbian (14th place in 24.60).  Freshman Floriane Kameni hopped, skipped and jumped to a 38′ 3 1/2″ performance in the women’s triple jump, the 7th best in the league.

Columbia at the NYC Metropolitan Championships (Susan Rodriguez, Columbia ’13)

Columbia sent some of its team to the NYC Metro Championships for their last meet on their home track at the Armory. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 7th of 14 teams overall, with some notable performances on both sides.

The Columbia men had 9 top-8 performances. In the sprints, Bryan Browne placed 5th in the 60m dash finals in 7.07. In the 400m, the Lions went 3-5 with Ronald Busby in 49.55 and Corey Hammond in 49.77. Both performances were indoor PRs and place them 13th and 18th in the conference, respectively. Hammond also scored in the 60m hurdles, placing 7th in the finals in 8.59. Johanan Sowah ran an indoor PR of 1:56.10 in the 800m and placed 6th. In the mile, George Miao finished in 4th place with a time of 4:19.24. The team had a few scorers in the distance events as well. Jonah Hanig had a great performance, running a PR in the 3k to finish in 3rd place with 8:33.11. In the 5k, Alex Brown moved up to number 16 on the conference list with a 4th-place finish in 14:51.19. Perhaps the best performance of the night for the Columbia men was the DMR, which ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 10:16.77 en route to 3rd place. The relay team included Alex Freemantle, Busby, Sowah, and Miao.

The Columbia women ended the night with 12 top-8 performances, including 2 event wins. Bianca Joseph made her way to number 12 on the conference list with her 6th-place finish in the 60m hurdles final in 9.04. Erica Johnson ran a season best of 1:16.85 to finish 8th in the 500m. The first big win of the night for the women was Sarah Hardie in the 1000m. Her time of 2:53.69 qualifies for ECAC and puts her at 16th in the conference. Teammate Devon Towell was close behind in 6th place. In the mile, Georgia Tuttle placed 6th in 5:14.28. Chloe Binczyk placed 3rd in the 3k in 10:31.36. The frosh 4x800m team of Towell, Tuttle, Katie Sammer, and Hardie put together a solid performance, combining for 9:36.67 and 5th place. The other big win of the night was the DMR sophomore quartet – Sarah Burke, Brittney Wade, Johnson, and Samantha Siler. They won the race in 12:15.68 – almost 10 seconds ahead of 2nd-place Fordham. The women also had several strong performances in the field events. In her first pentathlon competition of the season, Kelli Martindale placed 8th with 2,698 total points, putting her at 14th in the conference rankings. In the triple jump, Alexis Yeboah-Kodie moved up to 17th in Heps with her jump of 36’0.25”. Grace Shadid finished 6th in the pole vault with a height of 10’4”. Madelyn Magee had a strong showing in the high jump, finishing as runner-up with a height of 5’5”.

Columbia men and Yale at the Giegengack Invitational (Susan Rodriguez, Columbia ’13)

Yale hosted the Giengengack Invitational on its home track. Though the meet was unscored, there were many outstanding performances for the Elis all around. The Columbia men also sent 3 of their milers to compete in New Haven.

In the men’s competition, Yale had an exciting showing in the 3k. Led by a big win from James Randon in 8:10.53, Yale had their five runners finish 1-2-4-5-6 in the event. Along with Randon, Cameron Stanish, Duncan Tomlin, John McGowan, and Matt Chisholm formed the rest of the pack. The 5k was a strong event for the Bulldogs as well. Adam Houston and Ryan Brady went 1-2 in 14:36.68 and 14:37.01, moving up in Heps rankings to 10 and 11, respectively. In the 800m, Alexander McDonald placed 4th in 1:54.66, and in the mile, Andre Ivankovic placed 5th in 4:16.83. The Bulldogs had a chance to show their depth in the sprint events as well. In the 60m hurdles, they went 1-5-6-7, led by Paedyn Gomes of 8.23. Torren Peebles ran the 200m in 22.53 for 5th place. The team put together 2 relay squads for the 4×400, with both placing well. The “A” squad of William Rowe, Mario Kranjac, Chandler Crusan, and Dylan Hurley finished 2nd in 3:18.89. The “B” squad placed 4th in 3:21.89.

In the field events, the highlight performance was Brendan Sullivan’s win in the pole vault with a new season-best height of 15’9”. Michael Koller was 4th in the high jump with a height of 6’5”, moving him to number 16 in the conference. Luke Persichetti and Jacob Hoops both put together solid performances in the throws. They went 3-7 respectively in the shot put with throws of 48’7.5” and 44’5.5”, and 2-8 in the weight throw with 50’4.5” and 40’9.5”.

Lastly on the men’s side, Columbia’s trio of Casey Adams, Aubry Myjer, and Max Norris went 1-2-8 in the mile. Adams led the group with the win and a personal best time of 4:10.35. Myjer and Norris were close behind in 4:15.01 and 4:19.10.

The Yale women had a great meet as well. Had the meet been scored, they would have placed in 16 of the 18 events. They had 5 wins overall, and 3 runners-up.

In the sprints, Sydney Cureton won the 60m dash with a personal-best time of 7.62. This also places her 7th in the conference so far this season. Emily Cable had a big win as well, running a season-best 24.75 in the 200m, moving up to number 10 in Heps. Mackenzie Mathews rounded out the short sprints with a 4th-place finish in the 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.98 puts her in a 3-way tie for number 8 in the Heps season rankings. In the 400m, Elle Brunsdale ran 58.31 for 3rd place. The 800m was a big event for the Bulldogs, as they placed 1-2-3-4-5, led by Emily Waligurski in 2:15.03. Grace Brittan, Frances Schmiede, Kate Raphael, and Delaney FitzPatrick rounded out the leading pack. Yale also had runners placing 8th, 12th, and 16th. In the 1k, Dana Klein was the runner-up in 2:56.53. Kelli Reagan placed 3rd in the mile with a season-best time of 5:03.66. In the distance events, Chandler Olson finished 4th in the 3k in 10:12.94 while Anna Demaree was 3rd in the 5k in 17:48.72. The DMR team of Klein, Shannon McDonnell, Brittan, and Waligurski ran a winning time of 11:54.36.

In the field events, pole vaulter Catherine Shih had a strong performance close to her personal best and cleared a winning height of 11’3.75”. Thrower Karleh Wilson put together a pair of ECAC-qualifying performances. Her 2nd-place weight throw mark of 54’1.25” was a whole 6’8” ahead of 3rd place. She was also 3rd in the shot put with 45’3.75”.

Cornell at the 2015 Ithaca Indoor Invitational

Cornell sent select runners and field event personnel to nearby Ithaca College to participate in their Indoor Invitational.  The women had two event wins from Kayla Wong (hurdles, 9.40) and Jasmine Smith (60m, 7.86), with an additional two athletes finishing in the top 3 of their events (Renee McKee – 3rd in the weight throw, 46-10; Kristen Fawole – 3rd in the long jump, 16-11 1/2).  The men had three individuals and one relay event wins.  Freshman Richard Zidani won the 500m (1:07.21) and finished 2nd in the high hurdles (8.51).  George Oliver won the 3,000m in 8:51.71 while Sean Waterton won the triple jump in 43-07 1/4.  Two Smiths finished 3rd in their respective events: Blake Smith ran 7.12 to finish 3rd in the 60m dash, while James Smith ran 51.59 to finish 3rd in the open 400m.  Zidani and James Smith joined Jordan Sherwood and Lionel Chambers to win the 4×400 relay in 3:28.56.

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