Ivies Taking on Small-Scale…

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Perhaps we are starting a new trend with these recaps, but we are once again going to have multiple posts to summarize the weekend action.  Tonight, we will be sharing he recaps for the duals (Harvard vs Yale), quads (Princeton hosting Monmouth, Vermont, and Rutgers), and lone Ivy representation meets (Brown Invitational and Tennessee Relays).  Tomorrow we will be sharing the recaps for the George Mason Spring Invitational and Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic.

Harvard/Yale Dual

Harvard and Yale held their 113th edition of their outdoor rivalry in Cambridge on Saturday under sunny but very windy conditions.  In fact, very few of the sprinting, hurdling, or horizontal jumping performances were under wind-legal conditions (the lowest wind-speed we saw recorded in the results was +2.3 m/s).  The wind did NOT impact the intensity of the meet, as both teams battled for pride, tradition, and chances to represent the Ivy League as a part of the trans-Atlantic track and field competition with Oxford-Cambridge in June.  In the end, Harvard extended their winning streak against Yale, as the Harvard men won 99 to Yale’s 62, and the Harvard women won 89.5 to Yale’s 66.5.

The Harvard men claimed 12 event wins at the meet, which included the short sprints/hurdles, both relays, and all but one of the field events.  The team was led in the field by Efe Uwaifo and Julian Nunally, as both men won two events.  Uwaifo took the horizontal jumping events with new season’s bests: 23-03 ¼ in the long jump (ties him 2nd in the conference standing) and 42-04 in the triple jump (both marks wind-aided).  Nunally won the shot put and discus throws in 51-10 ½ and 141-06, respectively.  The discus mark is a new season’s best.  Richard Bradley led a Crimson scoring sweep in the javelin, as Bradley won with a throw of 181-0. On the track, the Crimson were led by Jarvis Harris, who earned an individual win in the 110m hurdles (14.23w) and ran legs on the winning 4×100 (41.63) and 4×400 (3:20.59) relays.  Both times are season’s bests for the school.  Freshman Malcolm Johnson claimed the 100m title in a wind-aided and conference leading 10.50 to help Harvard earn a scoring sweep in the event.  Meanwhile, the Yale men showed their strength in the mid- to long-distance events, as they won the 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, and steeplechase titles.  Cross country All-American Kevin Dooney made his return to track competition on Saturday (as an injury sidelined him near the end of the indoor track season) with a win in the 5,000m in 14:47.45.  Luke Persichetti broke the chance for Crimson to win all of the field events by winning the hammer throw in 145-05 and leading a Yale scoring sweep in the same event.  Marc-Andre Alexandre had a busy day, as he won the open 400m (49.00), finished 2nd in the 200m (21.68w), and participated in both runner-up relays for Yale.

The Crimson women won 11 events, with the spread of wins spanning across sprints, hurdles, mid-distance, and field events.  Nikki Okwelogu claimed two events in her season debut (shot put in 54-04 ¾ and discus in 150-04).  Okwelogu’s throw in the shot put improves her from #4 to #3 all-time in the Ivy record books and leads the conference.  Another Harvard athlete who made her season debut was the defending 400m hurdles Outdoor Heps champion Jade Miller, who won the 400m hurdles in 60.73 (#4 in the conference listings).  Hannah Mayer led a Harvard scoring sweep in the javelin throw behind her winning throw of 154-08.  Yale was led by senior Kira Garry as she claimed two individual titles on the track (3,000m in 9:53.37, and steeplechase in 10:24.71).  Garry led a Yale scoring sweep in the steeplechase.  Another top Bulldog scorer was thrower Karleh Wilson, who finished as the runner up in both the shot put and discus throws (47-04 ½ [new personal best], 133-05 respectively) and won the hammer throw (168-10, new personal best).  Her shot put and hammer throws place her in the top 3 of the conference in both events.

Other top 3 conference marks that were set at the dual meet include Jackie Modesett in the 100m hurdles (#1 – 13.67w), Marlena Sabatino in the pole vault (#2 – 11-11 ¾), Allison Morrison in the long jump (#2 – 18-09 ¾w), Matthew Hurst and Alexandre in the 200m (#1 – 21.53w for Hurst, #2 for Alexandre), Paedyn Gomes in the 110m hurdles (#2 – 14.38w), Andrew Roney in the pole vault (#2 – 16-05 ¼), and Harvard’s 4×100 (#3).

Princeton Quad Meet & Tennessee Relays  – Jenny Desouchet

Princeton teams achieved dual-victories in their annual Quad Meet on Saturday at Weaver Stadium. The men’s team faced Vermont (31 points), Monmouth (68 points) and Rutgers (15 points) winning with a total of 93 points over 10 events, while the women defeated Vermont (26.5 points) and Monmouth (79.5 points) by scoring a total of 90 points over 8 events. A total of 18 events were won by both teams combined.

For the distance events, the men began with a strong 1-2-3-4 finish in the 3k, with Mike Mazzaccaro finishing in 8:25.41, Michael Sublette second in 8:26.31, Matt McDonald third in 8:28.08 and Sam Pons close behind in 8:28.63. The 800 saw another 1-2 finish with Bradley Paternosto (1st – 1:52.81) and freshman Noah Kauppila (2nd – 1:53.06). In the sprints, freshman Carrington Akosa and John Hill grabbed 2-3 finishes with times of 10.75 and 10.88. Akosa went on to claim second-place in the 200m in 22.02, with Brent Albertson finishing in 22.17 for third. The 4×100 relay of Hill, Albertson, Dre Nelson and Jake Scinto won their event in 41.79. Hurdlers also had a successful meet, with Rob Mohn (14.46) and Greg Caldwell (14.49) going 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles. The 400-meter hurdlers Tom Scott and Jordan Myers faired well also, taking third and fourth in times of 54.77 and 55.04. The shot put and discus were won by freshman Mitchel Charles, with throws of 57-11.25 and 168-00. Hammer throwers went 1-2-4 with Vic Youn claiming the victory with a throw of 189-07, followed by Jake Taylor at 180-02 for second, with Gabe Arcaro placing fourth with a throw of 175-09. Princeton men swept the long and triple jumps: Jake Scinto leapt to a distance of 23-03 1/4 on for a win in the long jump, and freshman Lane Russell finished with a jump of 47-04 ¼ wind-aided to win the triple. Pole vaulters freshman August Kiles and Ben Gaylord took 1-2 by clearing respective heights of 15-11 and 14-11.

The women made a spectacle out of their teamwork across the board, having multiple scorers in almost all events they scored in. Beginning with the 1500m, Lizzie Bird ran a quick 4:25.32 for the win, followed by her teammates Zoe Sims (4:32.26) and Ally Markovich (4:35.52) .  Freshman Melissa Reed grabbed second in the 3k in a time of 10:09.86. Another double scoring event came in the 400m, where Elisa Steele and freshman Mattie Baron went2-4 by running respective PR’s (56.76 and 59.26). The women had an impressive 1-2-3 showing in the 200m with Joanna Anyanwu clocking 25.26 for the win, followed by Sara Ronde (25.43) and freshman Christina Walter (25.67) (note, all 200m marks were wind-aided). Anyanwu and Walter also went on to go 2-3 in the 100 in 12.29 and 12.42. Emily Easton joined Anyanwu, Wonde and Walter in the 4×100 with an impressive 48.11 for the victory. Ronde continued her successful day into the long jump, scoring another 8 points with a second place finish (18-05).Allison Harris (14.71) and Taylor Morgan (14.92) placed second and third in the 100m hurdles, while in the 400m hurdles, Meghan McMullin earned second place (1:04.16). Steele and  McMullin were joined by Emily Broyles and Kim Mackay for the 4×400, winning in 3:51.15.

Jumpers were also successful on Saturday—Morgan returned from the 100-meter hurdles to win the high jump (5-03 3/4) followed by Inka Busack, who tied for second place, and Kerry Krause, who took fourth. The triple jump was won by Alexandra Lanzafame with her fourth attempt (37-05 1/4). Throwers Julia Ratcliffe, Brielle Rowe and Kennedy O’Dell contributed a slew of points from the shot, discus, and hammer. Ratcliffe took first in the hammer throw, achieving a distance of 215-07 on her final attempt. O’Dell won the shot (42-02 3/4), and was fourth in the discus (123-03) and hammer (161-10). Rowe took third in all three throwing events with distances of 38-09 1/2 in the shot, 143-11 for the discus, 163-10 for the hammer.

Two Tigers travelled south to compete in the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee also on Saturday. Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi competed in the triple jump, and was one of only three jumpers to surpass the 15m mark, earning his final jump of 15.13m (49-07 ¾) for a third place finish. Adam Bragg joined Owusu-Nyantekyi in Tennesse, entered in the pole vault, and brought home a 12th place overall finish with a vault of 16-09 1/4.

 Brown Invitational L. Kelsey Armstrong

Brown decided to stay at home this weekend and invite the competition for the Brown Invitational on this past Saturday. There were many great performances at Brown Stadium as the team gears up for the championship season.

The sprint/hurdle group had an impressive meet with several fast times, highlighted by the pair of wins by Ryan Kelly in the 100m (10.68) and 200m (21.95), the 3rd and 7th fastest conference times respectively. The freshman duo of Brian Pfaff and Oluwatosin Oyewole continued their solid rookie outdoor seasons by Pfaff placing 2nd (10.76–10.67 in the heats with a +4.1 m/s wind) and Oyewole 8th (11.16–10.94 in the heats with +4.1 m/s wind).  Ben Ostrowski won the 400m in 49.09, while Emmaline Suchland placed 3rd in the women’s race in 56.72. In the high hurdles, Hunter Warwick ran a winning time of 14.88, followed by Christopher Garzia in 3rd (14.93). For the women, Shannelle DeJournett ran a wind-aided time of 15.08 in the heats and did not contest the final, despite the fourth fastest time. Alex Stanton won the women’s 400mH with the 5th fastest league time of 1:01.32. The 4x100m men and women’s teams were both winners in season’s best times of 41.72 and 47.55 respectively. The women’s 4x400m also chipped in a 3rd place finish in 3:59.71.

The jumpers also had a pair of wins: Taylor Alarcon in the men’s long jump (22-09 3/4″), sixth best in the conference, followed by a 3rd place by Garzia (21-10 3/4), and Erin Schaffer’s 5-05 high jump leap, besting teammate, Morayo Akande by a jump-off. Shandell Scott turned in a 2nd place effort in the women’s long jump (18-03 – 6th best in the league), while Steven D’Ascunio vaulted 14-05 1/4 for a 3rd place finish.  Rachel Van Metre triple jumped her way to a 36-05 3rd place finish.

The throwing contingent had a number of high level performances. Michelle Bazile (42-04 1/4) and Aaron Comery (53-06 1/2) both placed 2nd in the women and men’ s shot put competition, the 6th and 7th top Ivy League performance respectively. Freshman Josie Natrasevschi had a pair of 2nd place finishes in the discus (160-04) and hammer throw (159-06 – 8th best league throw).  Courtland Clavette threw the discus 182-07 (3rd best league performance) by coming in 2nd, while Mark Buda also placed in 2nd with a throw of 191-08 in the javelin (4th best in conference).  Matthew O’Hara threw the shot put (50-03 1/2) and hammer (187-06) for a pair of 3rd place performances. Heather Vermillion and Kebbeh Darpolor had the same placing in the women’s hammer throw (158-10) and discus throw (156-09).

The middle distance/distance group did not have a full contingent competing, but still had a pair of wins. Freshman sensation Zach Emrich in the 800m (1:54.46) and Abigail Jones in the 3,000m (9:59.62), followed by Lily Harrington (10:16.05). The women’s 800m had a freshman 2-3 finish with Claire Peabody (2:14.93) and Alexis Pernis (2:19.08). Victoria O’Neil came in 2nd in the 5,000m (18:02.3h), while freshmanMegan Ratcliffe came in 3rd in the one mile (5:14.18).

photo of Rachel Van Metre by Patty Morgan

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