Another event debut, another freshman winner. And another Columbia sweep of mid-distance related events,
Columbia’s Sarah Hardie made the 1,000m final very exciting to watch as she took the early lead at the break through the 400m. Harvard’s Sarah Gillespie and Kieren Gallagher took turns of leading late in the race, but on the bell lap, Hardie reclaimed the lead and sprinted to her first Ivy crown in 2:48.61. Yale’s Emily Waligurski nipped Gillespie for 2nd place in 2:49.95 to 2:49.98.
1 Hardie, Sarah FR Columbia 2:48.61@ 10
2 Waligurski, Emily JR Yale 2:49.95@ 8
3 Gillespie, Sarah SO Harvard 2:49.98@ 6
4 Sims, Zoe SO Princeton 2:50.28@ 4
5 Gallagher, Kieran JR Harvard 2:50.72@ 2
6 Cuccia, Gabby SO Penn 2:50.92@ 1
The men’s 1000m was a complete Brendon Fish affair. The defending champion from Columbia led from wire to wire, although his shoulder-running partner changed throughout the race. He won in 2:25.22, almost a second ahead of Princeton’s Luke Brahm (2:26.10) and Brown’s Ned Willig (2:26.12).
1 Fish, Brendon SR Columbia 2:25.22* 10
2 Brahm, Luke JR Princeton 2:26.10@ 8
3 Willig, Ned JR Brown 2:26.12@ 6
4 Kauppila, Noah FR Princeton 2:26.34@ 4
5 Haik, Spencer FR Columbia 2:26.47@ 2
6 Webb, Kirk JR Penn 2:28.37@ 1
The men’s heptathlon finished on such an exciting note. Brown’s Peter Rhodes was in 3rd place going into the 1,000m that he needed to win by at least 16 seconds in other to pass both Dartmouth’s Nico Robinson and Cornell’s Austin Jamerson for the title. Rhodes sprinted to the 1,000m win in 2:40.08, which was enough to pass Jamerson but just 5 POINTS shy of Robinson for the event win. Robinson won the heptathlon with a best of 5342. Rhodes finished runner up in 5337 points, while Jamerson was 3rd in 5242. Harvard’s Mark Hill (4th – 4781), Princeton’s Stephen Soerens (5th – 4662), and Princeton’s Bryan Oslin (6th – 4557) rounded out the scoring.