Wrapping Up the Relays


Yesterday was the final day of the 121st edition of the Penn Relays, and with more sun and less wind, the Ivies made the most of the best weather of the competition week.

The top Ivy finishes of the day occurred out in the field events.  Cornell’s Rudy Winkler finished in second place in the College Men Hammer Throw Championships with a best throw of 212-01 that he got on his final throw of the competition.  He’s been consistently throwing farther than 210-0 this year, making him a favorite for the Outdoor Heps title in two weeks.  Penn’s Sam Mattis also had a great showing in the field events, as he finished in 4th place with a new seasonal best distance of 202-09 in the College Men Discus Throw Championship.  Additional seasonal bests came in the triple j ump events.  Princeton’s Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi came within an inch of his all-time personal best in the College Men Triple Jump Championship, where he finished 4th overall in 51-04 1/4.  Owusu-Nyantekyi’s distance is still the best in the conference.  In the College division, Harvard’s Efe Uwaifo improved his season’s best mark to 49-08 1/2 while finishing 5th in that division.  That mark is the second best in the conference to date.

The College Men High Jump Championship had a tight battle between Penn’s Mike Monroe and Thomas Pitt, and Cornell’s Stephen Afadapa.   They all finished in the top 8 of the event – Monroe and Afadapa both cleared 6-09 3/4, but Monroe was awarded the higher finish due to fewer misses at earlier heights.  Monroe was declared 5th, Afadapa finished 6th, and Pitt was 7th with a best of 6-08 1/4.

HepsNation athletes were present in four Championship of America events yesterday.  They were most visibly present in the College Men 4xMile Championship of America, as Penn, Cornell, Columbia, and Dartmouth all entered teams, while some alumni raced in new uniforms.  John Gregorek and Will Geoghegan, both now attending Oregon upon graduating last spring, ran strong second and third legs for their team, and in the end, Oregon finished in second place with a time of 16:18.93.  Penn was the highest Ivy team finisher, as the foursome of Chris Hatler (4:05.5), Thomas Awad (4:00.7), Nick Tuck (4:07.9), and Clark Shurtleff (4:10.4) finished 6th overall with a time of 16:24.57.  Awad had the fastest mile split among all of the runners recorded (unfortunately, not all of the teams had splits recorded for this race).  Cornell, who was among the top pack for the first half of the race, finished in 10th with 16:40.15.  The team consisted of James Gowans, Ben Rainero, David Melly, and Connor Herr.  Columbia and Dartmouth finished 11th and 12th, respectively.  Columbia’s team of Ben Ritz (4:06.7), Daniel Nestor (4:10.4), Marc Violone (4:11.6), and Casey Adams (4:16.1) ran 16:44.83, while Dartmouth’s team of Connor Clark, Silas Talbot, Joey Chapin, and Curtis King ran 16:54.22.

There were three Ivies in the College Women 4×800 Championship of America race.  Penn’s quartet of Taylor Hennig (2:10.22), Candace Taylor (2:08.99), Carey Celata (2:09.73), and Ashley Montgomery (2:11.70) finished 5th overall with the time of 8:40.63.  That time ties the 8th fastest time in conference history, matching the 2014 mark set by Dartmouth at last year’s Outdoor Heps.  Dartmouth was also in this Relays race, finishing 8th with 8:47.72, edging out Cornell’s 8:47.78.  Dartmouth’s team was made up of Bridget O’Neill (2:11.87), Elizabeth Markowitz (2:09.88), Bridget Flynn (2:12.37), and Meghan Grela (2:13.62), while Cornell’s team was made up of Shannon Hugard (2:10.63), Elyse Wilkinson (2:11.77), Leah Triller (2:13.05), and Kristen Niedrach (2:12.34).

Columbia’s men also broke into the record books on Saturday.  Their 6th place finish in the College Men’s 4×800 Championship of America, with a time of 7:21.59, is the fifth fastest in Ivy history.  The lineup was Spencer Haik (1:54.26), Rob Napolitano (1:49.09), Connor Claflin (1:48.31), and Brendon Fish (1:49.93).  Fish, Claflin, and Napolitano all raced on Columbia’s DMR yesterday (as shown in the photo above).

Cornell’s performance in the College Women 4×400 Championship of America broke into the record books.  Their final time of 3:36.60, which finished 6th in the race, is the fifth fastest in conference history.  Cornell now has four of the top five fastest 4×400’s in conference history.  The Cornell lineup and 400m splits were Taysia Radoslav (56.0), Zena Kolliesuah (53.5), Katie Woodford (53.80), and Udeme Akpaete (53.26).  Princeton’s quartet of Jasmine Blocker (55.6), Cecilia Barowski (54.6), Kim Mackay (54.54), and Joanna Anyanwu (57.99) also qualified for the Championship of America event, finishing 8th overall with a season’s best time of 3:42.70.

Other top performances of Saturday included:

  • Harvard’s Molly Renfer – 5th in the Olympic Development Mile in 4:40.58
  • Penn’s Wyatt David, Brandon Senior, Harrison Scharf, and Ben Bowers – 6th in the College Men 4×100 IC4A final in 41.59
  • Cornell’s Ryan Hynes, Larry Gibson, Michael Smith, and Brailin Paulino – 7th in he College Men 4×100 IC4A final in 41.86
  • Harvard’s Autumne Franklin, Gabrielle Scott, Christi Scott, and Jade Miller – 5th in the College Women 4×400 College final in 3:38.79 (note: while this time is one of the fastest in conference history, three of the four women in this squad are part of a faster relay time that is now the 6th fastest all-time)
  • Penn’s Drew Diederich, Drew Magaha, Jeff Wiseman, and Kyle Webster – 6th in the College Men 4×400 College final in 3:18.82
  • Cornell’s Michael Smith, Cisco Olloqui, Larry Gibson, and Tobenna Attah – 6th in the College Men 4×400 IC4A final in 3:14.31
  • Princeton’s Elizabeth Bird (2:12.00), Kaitlin Hanss (2:12.54), Ashley Forte (2:12.11), Elisa Steele (2:14.68) – 3rd in the College Women 4×800 College final in 8:51.32
  • Cornell alumnus Bruno Hortelano-Roig, sprinting for Spain – 3rd in the Olympic Development 100m in 10.49
  • Dartmouth alumnus Steve Mangan – 5th in the Olympic Development Mile in 4:01.80
  • Brown alumnus Kevin Cooper – 8th in the Olympic Development Mile in 4:06.87
  • Princeton alumna Imani Oliver – 2nd in the Olympic Development Triple Jump in 42-00 3/4
  • Penn Track Alumni Team, with David Allison (55.90), Damon Manning (59.20), Matt Manion (59.67), Joe Devine (1:00.02) – 4th in the Masters 4×400 Relay in 3:54.78

Many of these athletes will rest and/or fine tune their performances these next two weeks before they return to Philadelphia for the 2015 Outdoor Heps Championships.  We have some information about the meet published on this website, available through this link, but we will share more next week as a part of our build-up HepsWeek.

photo by Steve Raurk

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