Harvard’s Danielle Barbian is a speedy girl. She earned her second title of the weekend in the women’s 200m dash with the 3rd fastest time in meet history and fourth fastest 200m in conference history – 24.03. She managed to eek out the win in heat 1, as Columbia’s Ashley Cunningham won heat 2 in a speedy 24.09, 6th fastest all time and fourth fastest in meet history.
1 Barbian, Danielle SR Harvard 24.03* 1 10
2 Cunningham, Ashley JR Columbia 24.09* 2 8
3 Akpaete, Udeme JR Cornell 24.22* 2 6
4 Meech, Jennifer JR Dartmouth 24.31* 1 4
5 Obeng-Akrofi, Akua FR Columbia 24.32* 1 2
6 Kikut, Sara JR Dartmouth 24.67@ 2 1
With this win, Harvard now has 109 points, while Columbia has 99. Princeton in 3rd with 79, Dartmouth fourth with 64, Cornell fifth with 51, Yale sixth with 34, Brown seventh with 33, and Penn eighth in 27.
There is a curious situation going on in the men’s 200m final. We had one athlete false start but there were other issues with DQs that are being sorted out. Of the two heats, five men raced. Princeton frosh Carrington Akosa had the fastest time in 21.78. We are still waiting on how this will be sorted out.
UPDATE: After a few DQs, FSes, and DNSes, the only scorers in the inaugural men’s 200m final were three freshmen. Princeton’s Carrington Akosa won the title in 21.78, with Harvard’s Matt Hurst (22.20 – 2nd) and Cornell’s Brailin Paulino (22.63 – 3rd) rounding out the scoring.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 5000m, event favorite Megan Curham of Princeton got to the front from the gun and just pulled away from the rest of the field. She was up by 8 seconds by the 2km point over Cornell’s Caroline Kellner. By 4km, Curham’s lead had extended to 18 seconds, this time over Princeton’s Kathryn Fluehr. Curham got a lot of support on the final lap from the crowd as she tried to break the 16 minute barrier, but came up just short, winning in 16:01.51, fifth fastest in meet history and ties for 8th fastest all time with Cornell’s Katie Kellner. Fluehr held on for second place in 16:21.13 to help Princeton get back into the team title race.
1. Megan Curham, 16:01.51
2. Kathryn Fluehr, 16:21.13
3. Caroline Kellner, 16:28.10
4. Reid Watson (Dartmouth), 16:31.46
5. Emily Stark (Yale), 16:33.89
6. Sarah Delozier (Dartmouth), 16:38.47
Thirty men were entered in the men’s 5000m final, and it looked like that many lined up at the gun. The crowd remained tightly bunched up throughout the first 3k of the race, but it slowly started to thin out in the 2nd half. At the bell, it was a battle between Dartmouth’s Curtis King and Brown’s Jordan Mann, but King sped by on the back stretch and sprinted for the win in 14:16.02. Matt McDonald of Princeton outkicked Mann for 2nd place, 14:18.10 to 14:18.24.
Stephen Mozia of Cornell had an easier time in the shot put than he did in last night’s weight throw. Mozia defended his shot put title with a throw of 63-01 1/4, but Princeton extended their team lead with a 2-3 finish with Chris Cook (61-10 1/4) and Scott Rushton (56-00 1/4).
1. Mozia, 63-01 1/4
2. Cook, 61-10 1/4
3. Rushton, 56-00 1/4
4. Courtland Clavette (Brown), 55-07 1/2
5. Matthew O’Hara (Brown), 55-01 1/2
6. Sam Mattis (Penn), 54-08