Continuing Success in Boston

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The ECAC/IC4A championships continued to be a shining point in the season for our Ivy athletes.  At the end of the three day competition, Ivy Leaguers claimed ECAC or IC4A titles in 5 events and had another 20 top-8 performances at the Boston University indoor track and field facility.

Cornell’s Eve Bishop, Yale’s Marc-Andre Alexandre, and Yale’s Kira Garry added ECAC/IC4A titles to their Indoor Heps titles that they earned earlier this month.  Bishop claimed the women’s pole vault title with a best clearance of 12-11 1/2 on Saturday afternoon, clearing that height on her first attempt.  Garry had her best collegiate individual performance to date, as she won the women’s 5,000m title with a new personal best of 16:27.53, besting the next finisher by 2 seconds.  Alexandre’s title in the men’s 400m also marked a personal best for him, but he became the 5th man to break the 47-second barrier in Ivy indoor record books.  He ended up doing it twice this weekend, with his winning time 48.83 (4th best in conference history) bettering his preliminary round time of 46.97.

Another sprinter broke a barrier this weekend en route to winning a title. Columbia’s Ashley Cunningham became the 2nd woman in Ivy League history to break 24-seconds, running 23.83 to win the 200m (she flirted with that 24-second barrier in the preliminary round, where she ran 24.02).  Her winning time is the 2nd fastest all-time.  Her teammate Akua Obeng-Akrofi also set a new personal best in the event, running 24.05 to finish 3rd in the event and place herself 6th in the record book.

The final champions of the weekend was a relay squad.  The Columbia men had the fastest distance medley relay qualifying time on Saturday, running 9:51.46 that was better than New Hampshire’s qualifying time by 2 seconds.  In the Sunday finals,  New Hampshire challenged Columbia for that title, but the Lions managed to hold them off by 0.1 seconds – 9:41.35 to 9:41.45.  Spencer Haik, Corey Hammond, Ben Ritz, and Rob Napolitano were on the winning squad, while Aubry Myjer joined Haik, Hammond, and Ritz for the qualifying run.

Other top-8 finishers include:

  • men’s hurdles: Wynn Curtis (Cornell) – 4th, 8.18 (semis, 8.13)
  • women’s 400m: Katie Woodford (Cornell) – 5th, 54.51 (trials, 54.21 – 6th fastest all-time)
  • women’s 500m: Emily Woodford (Cornell) – 6th, 1:14.05 (trials, 1:13.24)
  • men’s 1,000m: Sam Belcher (Cornell) – 7th,  2:28.69 (trials, 2:26.94)
  • women’s 1,000m: Claire Devoe (Cornell) – 2nd, 2:49.83 (trials, 2:48.10 – 9th fastest all-time)
  • women’s 1,000m: Grace Brittan (Yale) – 4th, 2:51.01 (trials, 2:50.16)
  • men’s mile: Ben Rainero (Cornell) – 2nd, 4:07.68 (trials, 4:09.40)
  • men’s mile: Martin Martinez (Brown) – 3rd, 4:08.70 (trials, 4:12.29)
  • women’s mile: Emily Waligurski (Yale) – 4th, 4:49.78
  • women’s mile: Kristen Niedrach (Cornell) – 6th, 4:51.73
  • men’s 3,000m: James Randon (Yale) – 3rd, 8:07.84
  • men’s 3,000m: Tom Purnell (Harvard) – 8th, 8:14.46
  • women’s 3,000m: Leila Mantilla (Columbia) – 4th, 9:32.20
  • men’s 5,000m: Jon Phillips (Cornell) – 6th, 14:23.61
  • women’s 4×800 relay: Yale (Delaney FitzPatrick, Melissa Fairchild, Frances Schmiede, Kate Raphael) – 7th, 8:58.61
  • men’s DMR: Cornell (Phelan McCormack, Will Gibson, Ross Clarke, David Melly) – 7th, 9:53.16
  • men’s pole vault: Keith Rayburn (Cornell) – tied-5th, 16-02 3/4
  • men’s pole vault: Brendan Sullivan (Yale) – 8th, 16-02 3/4
  • men’s high jump: Myles Lazarou (Cornell) – tied-5th, 6-07 1/2

Cornell was the top school in both of the team competitions (ECACs – 9th; IC4As – 10th).  Yale finished 11th at ECACs and 17th in IC4As.  Columbia finished 13th at ECACs and 29th at IC4As, while Harvard finished 43rd in the IC4A competition.  Full results can be found here (IC4A) and here (ECAC)

photo by Doug Austin

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