Making It All Count, Part 2


This weekend had a flurry of Ivy League activity all across the country.  All eight Ivy schools competed this past weekend, showing their in-conference and national competition what is in store for this upcoming outdoor season.  We only have five weeks until the championship season starts, so the student-athletes will be making each weekend count.

Due to the sheer amount of data we are trying to recap for HepsNation, we will be breaking up the weekend recap into two entries for this week.  This post will focus on the Sam Howell Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational, as we previously recapped the Stanford Invitational and Florida Relays in this post.

Sam Howell Invitational – Men (recap by L. Kelsey Armstrong)

A large number of male Ivy League athletes competed at the Sam Howell Invitational this weekend, hosted by Princeton. All schools were represented except Dartmouth, who competed at the Wildcat Invitational. The wind and rain did put a damper on performances, but there were still some thrilling competitions and new leading Ivy League performances in the hammer throw, long jump and 200m.

The hammer throw was led by Harvard sophomore Josh Whitener’s 2nd place throw of 195-11, a new Ivy League leader. Three other Ivies finished in the top 10 of this even. Brown’s Matthew O’Hara placed 5th in 188-08, while teammate Phuong Truong was 9th in 181-03.  Princeton claimed the next three positions with Vic You (6th – 188-04), Jake Taylor (7th – 184-04), and freshman Gabe Arcara (8th – 183-09). The long jump was a sweep by Princeton with Tumi Akinlawon leaping a winning jump of 23-04 1/2, followed by Jake Scinto’s 23-03 1/4 performance (2nd in the conference), and Greg Leeper’s 22-04 1/4 jump. Also noteworthy was the 7th conference-best jump by Semi Ibikunle of Penn (21-05 1/4). The 200m had the Brown freshman duo of Oluwatosin Oyewole and Brian Pfaff placing 3rd (21.78) and 4th (21.82) respectively, the two fastest Ivy League times so far. Brent Albertson of Princeton placed 5th overall in 22.12. All these times were run in the same heat with a +2.3 m/s wind reading.

Rob Napolitano led a 1-2-3-4-5-6 Columbia sweep in the 1,500m. Napolitano won in 3:53.77 (7th best conference time), followed closely by freshman Spencer Haik in 3:53.78 and Benjamin Ritz in 3:54.06. Junior Greg Caldwell (Princeton) won the 110mH by over 0.5 seconds in 14.52 in wind legal conditions (+1.9 m/s). The other sprints were also led by Princeton as freshman Brennan O’Connor ran a personal best of 49.79 in the 400m for the 10th best league performance and Albertson sprinted to a 10.89 performance in the 100m (2nd best conference time) with a +3.1 m/s wind reading. In addition, Princeton had freshman Michael Seaton and junior Dre Nelson tying for 5th in 11.10, both wind-aided. The 4x100m team of Seaton, Albertson, Schwegman and Scinto ran the victorious time of 42.93, while the 4x400m team of Leeper, Freeman, Switzer and Mennin ran 3:18.82.

Princeton had some impressive wins in the vertical jumps, throws and relays. Freshman Colin Reilly had a 6-06 3/4 performance in the high jump, while junior Adam Bragg vaulted 16-10 3/4. Freshman Ben Gaylord followed Bragg with a #2 league performance of 16-04 3/4 in 2nd place, as the entire event as moved indoors due to the conditions. Sophomore Christopher Cook led a 1-2-3-4-5-6 Ivy League sweep with his 55-02 1/4 win in the shotput. He was followed by his teammate, Mitchel Charles (55-00), Brown’s Aaron Comery (53-03), Penn’s Billy Bishop (53-01), Brown’s Courtland Clavette (52-08 1/4) and Harvard’s Julian Nunally (52-05 1/4).

Yale had only brought their middle-distance athletes to this meet and were rewarded with a win in the 800m on Friday by sophomore James Randon (1:53.13), followed by the 5th place finish by senior teammate Jacob Sandry (1:54.25), the 6th and 7th best conference times. Columbia had few male sprinters/hurdlers competing and had one win by junior Corey Hammond in the 400mH (54.05), the 3rd best league peformance. Hammond was trailed by a pair of Tigers of Leeper (3rd in 54.74) and junior Jordan Myers (4th in 55.42), the 4th and 7th best league times.

Other notable performances include Truong’s 2nd place finish in the discus in 162-10 (6th best in the league) for Brown, followed by Princeton’s Cook 161-06 heave for a 3rd place finish. The Columbia duo of Casey Adams and Aubrey Myjer came in 3rd (9:11.72) and 7th (9:18.58) in the 3,000m steeplechase, the 5th and 8th best conference times. And lastly, Taylor Alarcon placed 2nd (45-03) in the triple jump for Brown, followed by the 6th best league jump by Chancelor Griffin of Columbia (43-06) by coming in 4th place.

Sam Howell Invitational – Women (recap by Susan Rodriguez)

On Friday and Saturday, athletes from Brown, Columbia, Princeton, and Yale competed in the annual Sam Howell Invitational. The meet produced three new all-time Heps marks and four top-25 national marks.

The distance and mid-distance crews set most of their top marks in the Friday ‘open’ events. In the 10km, Lindsay Eysenbach (Princeton) was the runner up, but the first collegiate finisher, in 35:15.40. This time is a PR and places her fourth among the five Heps times posted so far this season. The 5km had five Heps women in the top eight. Kathryn Fluehr (Princeton) was the first collegiate finisher as she placed second overall in 16:46.84. Her teammate Kathryn Little followed in third with a time of 16:57.08. The 3,000m steeplechase was an awesome race for the Ivy League. Heps runners swept the top eight spots, with several national-level times posted. Elizabeth Bird (Princeton) shaved almost sixteen seconds off her season debut time to win the race in a new career PR 10:08.62. This is not only the new Heps season leader, but also sixth in the nation, and seventh Heps all-time. Next over the line in 10:19.49 was freshman Natalie Schudrowitz (Brown), second in Heps and fourteenth in the nation. Her teammate Lucy Van Kleunen was third in her first ever steeplechase, her time of 10:25.25 ranking her fourth in Heps and twenty-second in the nation.

In the 1,500m run, Yale’s Kira Garry was the first collegiate finisher, crossing the line behind Ajee Wilson in 4:27.07. Teammate Shannon McDonnell was right on her heels, clocking a 4:27.13 for third place. In the 800m run, Taylor Worthy (Brown) was third in 2:12.53.

The remaining events were run on Saturday as the ‘invitational’ division. This included some re-runs of distances from Friday. In the invitational 1,500m run, Heps took seven of the top eight spots, led by a win from Worthy in 4:39.22. Brown freshman Lydia Davenport finished the 800m run in third in 2:20.16. Another win came from freshman Melinda Renuart (Princeton), who, in a field of only three competitors, managed an impressive performance of 9:52.80 for the 3,000m, fourth this season in Heps.

In the 100m hurdles, Rachel Van Metre (Brown) ran 14.46 in the finals to place second. Were it not wind-aided (+2.3 m/s), this would have been a big PR. In the 400m hurdles, Alexandra Stanton (Brown) won in a time of 1:02.17, followed by Meghan McMullin (Princeton) in 1:04.95. The open sprints saw several high places as well. Joanna Anyanwu (Princeton) was a double runner-up in the 100m and 200m dashes. Her 12.26 in the 100 was a new PR and 9th in Heps, but her 25.14 in the 200 was wind-aided (+2.4 m/s). Teammate Christina Walter (Princeton) had a top-3 finish as well, following Anyanwu in third in the 100 with a wind-aided 12.47. In the 400m dash, the Princeton duo of Kim Mackay and Elisa Steele went 1-2 in 55.83 and 57.16. Mackay’s time is a big career PR, and Steele’s is an outdoor PR.

The two relays contested brought just four teams each to the competition. Princeton claimed the victories in both. The 4x100m ‘A’ team of Jasmine Blocker, Anyanwu, Sara Ronde, and Emily Easton posted a time of 48.67. The 4x400m ‘A’ team of Cecilia Barowski, Ashley Forte, Mackay, and McMullin combined for 3:53.55.

Many of the league’s jumpers had their first competition today. In the high jump, Princeton’s Inka Busack cleared a height of 5-07, good enough for first place overall, and third in Heps. Erin Schaeffer (Brown) and Madelyn Magee (Columbia) placed third and fourth, both with a height of 5-05 that ties them for fifth in the season rankings. In the pole vault, three women cleared 11-05.75, tying for fifth in Heps rankings. Grace Shadid (Columbia) came out on top with the fewest attempts, good for second overall. Marlena Sabatino (Harvard) took fourth, while Lexie Schachne (Harvard) took fifth. A pair of wins came in the horizontal jumps. In the long jump, Princeton teammates Ronde and Taylor Morgan took 1-2 with 18-03.75 and 17-11.75, second and fifth in Heps. As in the steeplechase the night before, the Ivy League swept the top eight spots in the triple jump, led by a trio of Brown teammates. O’Sha Williams took the win by just over a foot in a big PR of 40-00.50, breaking the 40-foot barrier for the first time in her career. Uzoamaka Okoro and Chelsie Churchill landed just one inch apart, taking second and third with 38-11.50 and 38-10.50. That distance for Churchill is also a PR.

The throwing events had some exciting results, with more national-level performances added to the list. In the hammer throw, Julia Ratcliffe (Princeton) had a commanding victory with a mark of 211-03. This throw is currently first in Heps, and fifth overall in the nation. Kebbeh Darpolor (Brown) had a big day as well, in the discus competition, setting a new PR of 165-10 to finish second overall. This mark also makes it to number nine Heps all-time. Her teammate Josie Natrasevschi, who had an amazing week last week, was right behind her, throwing 157-08 for third place. The pair is currently first and second in Heps. Natrasevschi competed well in the shot put too, finishing runner-up with 44-10.25. Princeton freshman Kennedy O’Dell made the top three with her throw of 43-11.75. In the javelin, Serena Graf (Penn) was the top finisher in second with 129-08, with Sarah Waszkewitz (Princeton) following in third with 124-02.

Wildcat Invitational (recap by Mary Boggs)

While many of their Ivy competitors split up their squads and sent them all over the country, Dartmouth decided to stick close to home as they went to Durham, N.H., to battle their in-state rivals UNH at the Wildcat Invitational (or UNH Outdoor Season Opener, depending on which website you look at).  Even though Dartmouth did not contest in every single event in the meet lineup, both squads did extremely well.  The men earned 7 event wins to tie with the University of Rhode Island for second in the team standings (144 points), with both teams finishing 13 points behind the victorious University of Maine.  The women had a tighter battle in the team standings, earning 8 event wins while holding off hosts UNH and Maine for the team title, 158 to 150.5 to 147.  Even though the scoring looked close, Dartmouth showed great depth as the scoring was limited to the first two finishers for a given team.

In the men’s competition, the Big Green earned 5 event wins in the field arena.  Dom Filiano dominated the shot put and discus throw events by easily winning both.  His winning discus toss of 156-02 was almost 26 feet better than the runner up, while his shot put mark of 51-06 ½ was over 4 feet better than his competition.  Freshman Colin Minor earned his first outdoor event win in the hammer throw, winning the event with a distance of 180-11.  Jeremy Birck held off some young challengers from UNH and URI to claim the high jump win, clearing 6-04 ¾.  Corey Muggler received some wind-assistance in his long jump win, as his best distance of 22-05 had a 7.9 m/s tailwind (note, legal assistance is no more than 2.0 m/s).  Some of the sprinters also received a big tailwind, such as the high hurdlers.  Dartmouth went 1-2-3 in the men’s high hurdles, as Alex Frye led the charge with 14.73 time (wind +5.7 m/s), followed by multi-eventer Nico Robinson (15.05w) and Daniel Katz (15.22w).  Brett Buskey earned a comfortable win in the 100m in 10.70 with legal wind (0.9 m/s), as he won by a margin of 0.21 seconds.  Buskey’s winning time is currently the best 100m time in the conference so far this season.

Of the women’s 8 event wins, six of them came on the track.  The Big Green women had sweeps in the 200m and 400m hurdle competitions.  For the 200m, Jennifer Meech led a 1-2-3-4 Green finish as she won in 24.45w. Kailtin Whitehorn (25.03w), Molly Shapiro (25.98w), and Kristel Estella (26.31w).  That final had a huge wind of +5.0 m/s.  In the long hurdles, Marissa Evans  led a Dartmouth 1-2-3 finish.  Evans won the event in 65.26, followed by Katy Sprout (66.40) and multi-eventer Allison Frantz (67.71).  Abby Feeney claimed the high hurdle title in a wind-aided 14.51 (+3.6 m/s).  Elizabeth Markowitz and Erin McConnell won some of the longer events – Markowitz claimed the 800m in 2:21.34 while McConnell claimed the 5km in 18:04.68. Whitehorn was the lone double winner in the women’s competition, as she claimed individual titles in both the 100m (11.97, wind 3.2 m/s) and high jump (5-08 ¾, conference leading).   Freshman Bridget Douglas was the final individual winner for the Big Green, winning the javelin throw with 120-09 best throw.

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