Women’s Distance Medley Relay – Sunday, 3:45pm
Men’s Distance Medley Relay – Sunday, 4:00pm
Women’s 4x800m Relay – Sunday, 4:15pm
Men’s 4x800m Relay – Sunday, 4:30pm
Women’s 4x400m Relay – Sunday, 4:45pm
Men’s 4x400m Relay – Sunday, 5:00pm
It’s time again— to put hearts on the line, tired legs to the test, and batons in the hands of quartets in pursuit of winning relay titles at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships.
On the men’s side, Brown hopes to shatter the 4×4 meet record of 3:12.83 set in 2011. The Brown Bears relay team consisting of Ryan Kelly, Ben Ostrowski, Zachery Emrich and Oluwatosin Oyewole posted a 3:11.57 this season, demolishing their 2011 school record by nearly three seconds. If Brown has a repeat performance they will rank among the top ten meet leaders in this event— they will need crowd support, strategic legs and clean exchanges to pull off this final event of the two-day meet.
Princeton’s 4×8 relay team goes into the championships with an 11 second margin over Penn in 7:25.07. Tigers Luke Brahm, Noah Kauppila, Garrett O’Toole and Bradley Paternostro will be chasing a 32 year old meet record of 7:26.75, which was set at Yale’s Coxe Cage in 1983. The second place chase for Penn and Harvard will follow.
Columbia’s distance medley team will pursue Dartmouth’s 9:43.86 set in 1983. Columbia’s men Brendon Fish, Kevin Boyd, Connor Claflin and Rob Napolitano have run a 9:33.54 in the event this year, which places them among the all-meet top ten performances. The Lions have a shot of extending their record to four overall victories in the DMR at these championships.
For the women, Cornell’s 4×4 is predicted to dominate the field of competitors and secure a top four performance in Ivy League history. The foursome, Taysia Radoslav, Zena Kolliesuah, Katie Woodford and Udeme Akpaete, have run 3:38.21 in the event. Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton will duke it out for the second place spot on the podium.
Yale and Princeton’s top squads will go head-to-head for the 4×8 crown. Both teams have tied in the event this season but only one will walk away with the championship title. Bulldogs Grace Brittan, Frances Schmiede, Emily Waligurski and Shannon Mconnell; and Tigers Rachael Chacko, Kaitlin Hanss, Ashley Forte and Zoe Sims will have their work cut out for them.
For the first time in conference history the women’s DMR will be contested at the championships. The battle for second place at the meet has now widened as teams will be able to pick up extra points from this event. Molly Renfer, Autumne Franklin, Erika Veidis and Paige Kouba of Harvard have set the tone for the race running 11:18.73. Princeton, Cornell and Brown trail behind but will make meet history.
– Nell Smith (Columbia M.S., ’12)
photo by Kevin Morris