Outdoors Has Arrived

With the calendars telling us that it is now “spring”, it’s time for us to transition into the 2015 outdoor track and field season.  We used this time of transition for us to update this website’s record books, plan ahead for the upcoming season, and catch up on real-world responsibilities.  Meanwhile, the Ivy athletes did their transitioning by just going outside (granted, some schools traveled to warmer locations to go outside, but they still did practice and/or compete outside).  Competitive action kicked off this past weekend for four of our schools.  The rest of the schools will start their 2015 outdoor action this upcoming weekend.

Dartmouth began their 2015 outdoor season down in South Carolina at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational last Thursday. The Big Green showed their dominance in the multi-events, as Nico Robinson and Allison Frantz claimed the individual titles in their event debuts. Robinson won the decathlon with 6,504 points while Frantz claimed the heptathlon with a score of 4,663 points. Robinson claimed the best mark of the competition in four events (400m – 53.27, 110m hurdles – 15.41, pole vault – 14-09, and long jump – 22-01 ¾) en route to besting the competition by over 200 points. Frantz finished almost 400 points ahead of the runner up while claiming the best marks in four of the seven events: 200m (25.94w), 800m (2:26.09), 100m hurdles (14.72w), and high jump (5-04 ½). Other top three finishes include Max Consculluela in the pole vault (2nd with 15-05 ½), Corey Muggler in the triple jump (3rd with 47-03 ¾), Jennifer Meech in the 400m (3rd in 56.55), and Kaitlin Whitehorn in the high jump (3rd with a height of 5-07).

Harvard went even further south for their outdoor debuts by starting off their season at the Texas Southern Relays in Houston, Tex. The meet was shortened due to inclement weather, but the Crimson managed to get two wins and six top three finishes. Hannah Mayer dominated the javelin (157-01) to win by over 20 feet. In Harvard’s other win of the meet, Autumne Franklin needed to hold off Prairie View’s Deonca Bookman in the 400m hurdles, 58.71 to 58.75. Other top 3 finishes included Richard Bradley in the javelin (3rd – 190-01), the women’s sprint medley relay (2nd – 3:55.90, team of Ashley Collinsworth, Franklin, Christ Scott, Paige Kouba), Danielle Barbian in the 200m (2nd – 24.84), Andrew Roney in the pole vault (2nd – 15-07), and Raegan Nizdil and Ann Giebelhaus in the high jump (Nidzil 2nd with 5-07 3/4; Giebelhaus 3rd in 5-03 ¾). Jarvis Harris had the 2nd fastest time in the 110m hurdle preliminary round (14.57) but a final was not contested due to the weather.

Earlier in the week, Allison Morrison competed as the lone Harvard representative in the Shirley Crowe Combined Events in Houston, Tex. She finished third in the heptathlon field with a new personal best of 4,756 points. Morrison had the top performances of the competition in the high jump (5-05) and 800m (2:18.84).

Princeton won the team titles by considerable margins at the Disney Track and Field Open this past weekend. The men claimed six event titles at the meet, with four of these wins having multiple scorers in the top 8. The biggest points haul for the Tigers was the men’s shot put, as Chris Cook led a 1-2-3-4-7-8 finish in the event (his winning throw was 57-06 ½). Freshman Gabe Arcaro did something similar in the hammer throw, as he led Princeton to a 1-2-5-8 finish behind his winning throw of 181-09. Other event wins included the pole vault (Adam Bragg – 17-01), 400m hurdles (Tom Scott – 55-71), 4×100 relay (Jake Scinto, Mike Seaton, Brent Albertson, Carrington Akosa – 41.46), and 4×400 relay (Bryant Switzer, Greg Leeper, Josh Freeman, Ray Mennin – 3:16.51).

The women claimed nine event wins, with five events having multiple scorers that helped the team win the overall meet by over 100 points. Like the men, the women’s shot put yielded the most Princeton scorers as multi-eventer Taylor Morgan won the event in a new personal best of 40-02 ¼ and helped the Tigers get a 1-2-4-6 finish. Defending NCAA champion Julia Ratcliffe, who set a national leading mark at the Bulls Invitational with 207-08, won the hammer throw with a throw of 202-07, over 24 feet farther than the next closest collegiate competitor. Megan Curham led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 10km with a time of 34:07.08. This is the second year in a row where Curham led a Princeton 1-2-3 sweep in the 10km at this meet. Princeton also yielded 3 4×1500 relay teams in the meet – the top squad (consisting of Ashley Forte, Zoe Sims, Kathryn Little, and Elizabeth Bird) won the event in 18:41.65. Other event wins include the discus (Brielle Rowe – 143-03), 400m hurdles (Megan McMullin – 1:02.69), steeplechase (Bird – 10:24.43), 4×100 relay (Quinn Parker, Joanna Anyanwu, Sara Ronde, Emily Easton – 48.16) and 4×200 relay (Anyanwu, Cecilia Barowski, Parker, Elisa Steele – 1:41.33).

Penn was the first Ivy to host a meet this outdoor season, as they hosted the Philadelphia Classic at Franklin Field. The men won five events, two of which the Quakers dominated. Clark Shurtleff led a 1-2-3-4-5 Quaker finish in the 5,000m, where he won in 14:25.08. Marcus LaRoche won the shot put with a throw of 51-11 ¼ while leading a Penn-affiliated 1-2-3-4-5 finish (I say “Penn-affiliated” as Penn alum Jacob Brenza finished 4th with a throw of 50-11). Penn also showed their strength in the field events, as Sam Mattis led a 1-2 finish in the discus (186-01), Sam Kaplan won the javelin (186-06), and John Li was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault (14-05 ¼ for 2nd). The Quaker men’s final event win was in the 4×400 relay, where James Buser, Drew Diederich, Ian Parnell, and Jonathan Goodson held off a charging La Salle squad for the win in 3:25.07. Other than Brenza, a number of other Penn alumni came out to compete: Maalik Reynolds (Penn ’14) who won the high jump with a height of 7-04 ½, and Neal Wojdowski (Penn ’05) who won the pole vault with a clearance of 14-11.

The women also had a great outdoor debut, winning eight events. Serena Graf was a double winner at the meet, claiming the shot put and hammer throw titles with marks of 41-05 and 159-0, respectively. Kelsey Hay led a 1-2-3 finish in the javelin throw as she won with a throw of 151-04, while Nailah Hill led a 1-2 finish in the discus throw behind her winning toss of 145-09. The Lady Quakers had six runners finish in the top 10 of the 3,000m, led by the 1-2 finish of Cleo Whiting (9:46.03) and Elyssa Gensib (9:46.69). The team also had a blanket finish in the 800m, as Penn went 1-2-3 that spanned 0.42 seconds. Taylor Hennig won the event in 2:15.02. Jenny Thompson (triple jump – 37-05 ¾) and Candace Taylor (200 – 25.24) also won individual titles in their first meet of the outdoor season.

Meanwhile, Yale travelled the furthest for their spring break training and 2015 outdoor debuts as they competed at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Invitational at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. In this scored meet, the men finished 5th out of 10 teams while the women finished in a tie for 3rd out of 11 teams. The men got three wins at the meet. Freshman Paedyn Gomes was a part of two wins – an individual title in the 110 hurdles (14.52) and as a part of the 4×100 relay (41.68) with Torren Peebles, Marc-Andre Alexandre, and Dylan Hurley. James Randon led a 1-4-5 finish in the 800m, winning the event in 1:54.43. Like Gomes, Sydney Cureton also grabbed an individual and relay win. She won the open 100m title in 12.09 and led off for the winning 4×100 relay with Emily Cable, Mackenzie Mathews, and Katerra Logan (47.17). Logan also joined Cureton in the 100m, where Logan finished 3rd with 12.47. Cable was the top collegiate finisher in 400m with a conference leading time of 55.01. Alisa Jordon won the long jump by only half an inch over Maya Dickerson of Concordia (17-00 1/2 to 17-00). Karleh Wilson sits atop of the shot put conference listing with her winning throw of 47-00 ¾ while Catherine Shih won the pole vault with a clearance of 11-07 3/4.  Other top 3 finishes included Peebles in the 400m (3rd – 49.72), Duncan Tomlin in the 1500m (2nd – 3:54.41), Michael Koller in the high jump (2nd – 6-02 3/4), Brendan Sullivan in the pole vault (tied-2nd – 15-11), Frances Schmiede in the 800m (3rd – 2:12.83), Meredith Rizzo in the 1500m (3rd – 4:35.40), Mathews in the 100m hurdles (3rd – 14.63), and Renee Vogel in the pole vault (3rd – 11-01 3/4).

 photo from Princeton TF/XC twitter

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