… and Large-Scale Competition


And now, we have part 2 of this weekend recap edition. This post will recap the George Mason Spring Invitational and Bison Outdoor Classic. We previously shared the recaps for the duals (Harvard vs Yale), quads (Princeton hosting Monmouth, Vermont, and Rutgers), and lone Ivy representation meets (Brown Invitational and Tennessee Relays).

Bison Outdoor Classic Rachel Sorna

The Cornell women had a tremendous weekend at the Bison Outdoor Classic held by Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Over the course of the two day meet, the Big Red Women amassed 11 ECAC qualifiers, a facility record, and two alterations to the Cornell all-time top-ten lists. In the 100m, Adrian Jones placed 3rd (12.11) while Udeme Akpaete and Katie Woodford took 2nd and 7th in the 200m with times of 24.18 and 24.66 respectively. Jones, Akpaete and Woodford also teamed up with senior Zena Kolliesuah for the 4x100m earlier in the day. Their winning time of 45.57 is the second best performance ever at Cornell and is currently the best in the league (editor’s note – this same foursome can run faster – they ran 45.55 last year). Woodford, Kolliesuah, and Akpaete also came back, along with Elyse Wilkinson, and won the 4x400m in dominating fashion. Their time of 3:36.26 broke the Bucknell facility record, is the 4th best in Cornell history and also currently sits atop the league standings.

Moving on up in distance – immediately after contributing to the 4x400m victory, Wilkinson had an individual victory of her own as she took the 800m with a season’s best time of 2:08.97. Freshman Shannon Hugard continued her impressive rookie season with a runner-up finish in the same event and big PR of 2:09.81. In the 1,500m, Marianne Collard took 9th (4:34.40) and in the 5,000m Taylor Spillane took 8th (17:00.90) in her season debut. In the 3,000m, Cornell went 4-6-7-10 led by freshman Jess Wojnicki (10:19.41) while in the steeplechase, Claire DeVoe took the win with a time of 10:29.08. She was followed by teammates Bori Tozser (6th, 10:51.05) and Corey Dowe (7th, 10:53.52).

The Big Red’s field event efforts were highlighted by freshman Taylor Baker’s third place showing in the discus with a throw of 149-06. In the pole vault, Cornell went 8-10-12-14 led by Heps Champion Eve Bishop (11-08.5) while Liz Chrissy placed 9th in the high jump (5-02.25). In the triple jump, Gaynelle Boham took 11th with a leap of 36-10.25.

The Cornell men also had a strong showing with 14 IC4A qualifiers, a school record, a Bucknell facility record, and a Cornell all-time top-ten performance in the 1,500. Freshman Brailin Paulino had a big weekend as he took 9th in the 100m (11.16) and 6th in the 200m (22.15). Paulino also anchored the 4x100m relay, which comprised classmates Ryan Weigel, and Michael Smith, and junior Ryan Hynes, to 8th with a time of 42.55. In the 400m, sophomore Tobenna Attah took 9th place (48.86) while recent graduate and multiple Heps champion Bruno Hortelano-Roig won the event (47.36). Attah also helped the 4x400m relay to a 4th place showing (3:16.49), along with Max Hairston, Cisco Olloqui, and freshman Michael Smith. Rachid Zidani also had a productive weekend as he placed 8th in the 100 hurdles (15.29) and 9th at 400 hurdles (55.29).

In the longer races, Cornell was also well represented. Ben Rainero continued his breakout year with an impressive 5th place finish in the highly competitive 1,500m. His time of 3:45.81 is the second best in the league so far this season and the #5 all-time performance at Cornell. The freshman class continued their strong showing with Dom DeLuca’s 4th place finish in the 5,000m (14:29.58). And in the final event of the night, the 10,000m, David Taylor set a big PR to place 6th (30:12.16). The 4x800m quartet of Phelan McCormack, Sebastian Roemer, Mark Tedder, and freshman Ross Clarke also took 5th with a time of 7:51.52.

In the field events the Big Red Men also shined. Highlighting the throws were a pair of Heps Champions, Stephen Mozia and Rudy Winkler. In the discus, Mozia broke his own facility record with his winning throw of 191-09. In the hammer throw, Winkler (in right-center of photo, with glasses) broke the Cornell school record twice. He won the event with a final throw of 214-03. That mark is the best in the league so far this season, 5th best throw in conference history, and currently #19 in the NCAA. In the pole vault, Keith Rayburn and Grant Sisserson went 1-2 as both cleared 16-02.75. Joe Mankovecky also placed 9th in the high jump (6-02.25). And in the horizontal jumps, John Enkler was 8th in the triple jump (46-07.25) while freshman Alex Rodriguez was 10th in the long jump (21-10.25).

George Mason Spring InvitationalSusan Rodriguez (women) & Mary Boggs (men)

Columbia, Dartmouth, and Penn each took parts of their teams down to Fairfax, VA, to compete in the 2015 George Mason Spring Invitational.

The short sprints benefited from some strong tailwinds, producing a whole lot of wind-aided season bests. In the 100m dash finals, with a +3.6 tailwind, Ashley Cunningham (Columbia) was the top Heps finisher, placing 3rd in 11.77. In the prelims, also with a tailwind of +3.6, she ran 11.67, the top qualifying time, and the time that now ranks her 3rd in Heps. Freshman teammate Akua Obeng-Akrofi was just 0.01 seconds behind Cunningham in the finals, running 11.78 for 4th place in the race and 4th place overall in the Heps rankings. Also making the top 8 were Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn in 7th with 11.94, and Penn freshman Taylor McCorkle in 8th with 11.98. The 200m dash produced some equally fast times, again aided by a +3.6 tailwind. In a close race between three of Heps’ top sprinters, Obeng-Akrofi was the fastest, placing 3rd in 24.17. Next was Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech in 4th place in 24.28, followed by Cunningham with 24.35 for fifth. These times now rank 2nd, 4th, and 6th in Heps. The 100m hurdles was a strong race for Columbia’s Iris Chijioke. With a tailwind of +3.7 in the finals, she ran 14.15 to place 4th overall, though she was 1st among collegiate competitors. This time ranks her 3rd in Heps.

In the 400m dash, Heps runners took the top 3 spots. Penn freshman Candace Taylor took the victory in 55 flat, a new PR which moves her into 5th in the rankings. Meech took 2nd in 55.85. Columbia’s Jaycee Parker took 3rd in 55.87 in her first 400 of the season. Dartmouth’s 400m hurdlers got some good times in too. Freshman Marissa Evans finished in 4th place overall with a new season best of 1:01.74, 6th in Heps rankings, while Kathleen Sprout was right on her heels, clocking 1:01.93, another season best that is 7th in the rankings. The 800m run was an exciting race for Columbia’s Brittney Wade. She ran a huge PR of 2:08.10 to take 4th place overall. This time is the new Heps leader, 23rd in the East region. Penn’s Ashley Montgomery finished in 5th place in 2:10.46, another big PR which is now 4th in the rankings. Her teammate Carey Celata clocked a 2:11.11 for 7th place.

Moving up to the distance events, Dartmouth had a big day in the 5k, sweeping the top 3 spots. The trio was led by Alison Lanois with the win in a new PR of 16:45.22, 5th in Heps. Sarah Delozier was next in 16:49.64, and Sarah Bennett rounded them out in 16:52.68 in her 5k debut.

Several relay teams posted season best times at this meet too. Dartmouth scored a pair of victories in the 4×100 and 4×400. In the 4×100, the crew of Whitehorn, Evans, Anna Kikut, and Meech posted a winning time of 46.33, which ranks them 2nd in Heps. Their 4×400 combined Evans, Sprout, Erika Hendershot and Kikut for a 3:46.70, 3rd in Heps. The other Heps relay to place was Columbia’s 4×100 of Chijioke, Parker, Obeng-Akrofi, and Cunningham. They put together a 3rd-place performance of 46.51, which is now 3rd in Heps.

Field athletes had a good meet as well, posting still more top marks and reshuffling the season rankings. In the high jump, Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn was the winner with a leap of 5-08. In a three-way tie for 6th were her teammate Allison Frantz and Columbia’s Madelyn Magee at 5-03. The pole vault resulted in another tie, with Dartmouth vaulters Stephanie Brown  and Marina Plesons in a six-way tie for 5th at 10-11.75. That height is a new season best for Plesons. In the long jump, Columbia’s Anna Williams was the top collegiate finisher, 3rd overall, with her mark of 18-11.25. This mark is a wind-aided PR (+3.8 tailwind) and ranks 1st in Heps. Dartmouth’s Molly Shapiro was 4th overall in the triple jump, posting 39-05.75. Penn’s Jenny Thompson also made the top 8 with a jump of 37-11.25.

In the throws, Penn frosh Taylor Hojnacki threw a new outdoor best in the shot put of 41-10 to place 6th overall, 7th in Heps. Columbia’s Joanna Koronios made the top 8 in the discus with her 8th-place mark of 132-05, also a season best. Koronios claimed the victory in the hammer with another season best throw of 171-10. She still ranks 2nd in that event. Penn’s Serena Graf finished 8th with 149-03. Graf also placed 4th in the javelin with her mark of 134-01. Her teammates Kelsey Hay and Lisa Sesink-Clee made the top 8 as well, Hay placing 3rd with 145-10, and Sesink-Clee 7th with 124-07. Dartmouth frosh Bridget Douglas finished 8th with 120-03.

The Ivy men also had a successful meet.  Overall, the Ivy men won 1 event, had 9 additional top 3 finishes, and 16 additional top-8 finishes throughout the meet.

Dartmouth’s Julian Heninger claimed the lone Ivy win at the meet, as he won the 5,000m in 14:32.78 (a new personal best by 34 seconds), besting the runner-up by 3 seconds.  His teammate Dylan O’Sullivan finished six seconds back in 14:38.04, finishing in 4th place overall.  Dartmouth also had good showings in the field events, as Corey Muggler finished in the top 6 in both of the horizontal events (2nd – triple jump, 48-02 with wind +4.1 m/s; 6th – long jump, 22-05 ¾ with wind +3.8 m/s) and Jacob Shippee finished 3rd in the javelin (209-01, conference leader).

Columbia almost got an individual win from Rob Napolitano in the 1,500m.  Napolitano got edged out for the win by Georgetown’s Cole Williams, 3:44.13 to 3:44.69.  The Lions got a 3rd place finish in the 4×400 relay, as the quartet of Corey Hammond, Ronald Busby, Yelnats Calvin, and Johanan Sowah ran 3:17.40, a season’s best for the school.  Hammond was the 3rd best collegian and 4th best time in the intermediate hurdles, running a season’s best 53.57 for the #2 time in the conference to date.

Cornell’s best showing was in the high jump, where they had two men clear 6-08 ¼ and finished in the top 3 of the event: freshman Myles Lazarou (2nd overall) and Stephen Afadapa (3rd overall).  Wynn Curtis also gave Cornell a top 3 finish in the 110m hurdles, as he finished 3rd with a wind-aided time of 14.54 (wind +2.9 m/s).

Penn had two top-3 finishes at the meet, as Billy Bishop finished 2nd in the shot put with 53-11 ¼ throw, and Thomas Pitt notched a 3rd place finish in the long jump with 22-11 ¼ (wind +2.9).  Drew Magaha was the 3rd best collegian in the 800m field, as he finished 5th overall in 1:51.65.

The Ivies also got top-8 finishes in the 100m (Dartmouth’s Brett Buskey, 4th in 10.74), 1,500m (Columbia’s Ben Ritz, 7th in 3:48.47), 110m hurdles (Dartmouth’s Alex Frye, 4th in 14.66w; Penn’s Ben Bowers, 8th in 15.40w), 400m hurdles (Dartmouth’s Ed Wagner, 5th in 53.62; Cornell’s Jordan Sherwood, 6th in 54.20), 4×100 (Columbia, 6th in 43.41), 4×400 (Dartmouth, 4th in 3:23.19; Penn, 5th in 3:25.53), high jump (Frye, 7th in 6-06 ¼), shot put (Penn’s Marcus LaRoche, 7th in 51-09 ¾), and javelin (Penn’s Tim Schanstra, 6th in 186-01).

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