Just because almost all of our coverage this past week has focused on the Penn Relays, it doesn’t mean that it was the only place the Ivy League was this past weekend. Brown, Cornell, and Yale all hosted their own local invitationals, while Dartmouth, Princeton, and Harvard traveled nearby to get in some extra competition (well, not quite nearby for all athletes). This gave the opportunity for many athletes who did not get the chance to travel to Philly to compete, and for a select few, they “double-dipped” with the Relays and another meet. Here are some of the other weekend meet highlights:
Dartmouth went to their second “UMass” location this season for a meet on Saturday – this time, straight down Interstate 91 to Amherst for the UMass Pre-Conference Invitational. In this scored meet, the Big Green men were victorious in seven individual events and the overall team title, while the Big Green women claimed 6 events en route to a 3rd place team finish. Brett Buskey once again showed his sprinting dominance at a UMass meet, as he won the 100m (10.51w), 200m (22.12), and participated on the victorious 4×100 relay (42.37). Other members of that relay team were Thomas Reilly, Edward Wagner, and Lloyd May. Freshman Kyle Dotterer won his collegiate 5km debut in 14:51.00, a little over a second over the runner-up. The remainder of the men wins occurred in the field events. Jonathan Beering and Dom Filiano went 1-2 finish in the shot put, throwing 50-08 ½ and 50-03 ¼ respectively. Filiano earned his own event win by claiming the discus event in 146-09. The final event win came from Max Cosculluela as he cleared 15-05 to take the pole vault title. For the women, Molly Shapiro led a 1-2-4 Dartmouth finish in the 200m, as she ran a 25.87 into a strong headwind to take the event. Aliyah Gallup got a new season’s best of 59.07 in the 400m dash to take the event and ran the anchor leg of the victorious 4×400 relay. The quartet of Abby Feeney, Miranda Lawson, Mary Sieredzinski, and Gallup ran 4:00.67. Meanwhile freshman Marissa Evans earned the title in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.11. Margaret Donovan took the 800m in 2:12.27 and Erin McDonnell won the 5km in 17:26.11.
Harvard sent two of their throwers to San Diego for the Triton Invitational. Nikki Okwelogu competed in both the shot put and discus throws, having best marks of 54-02 ¾ and 170-11. The discus mark is a new season’s best. Taylor DuPont joined Okwelogu in the shot put (39-09 ¼) while she threw 172-0 in the hammer throw for a new season’s best.
Princeton traveled to the College of New Jersey for the Lions Invitational. The Tiger men won one event and finished as the runner-up in an additional four events in this unscored meet. Mitchel Charles claimed the only Tiger win, winning the discus throw with a mark of 172-02. Greg Caldwell and Tom Scott finished second in their respective hurdle events – Caldwell ran 14.95 in the highs while Scott ran 54.18 in the intermediates. Scott could be considered an event winner as he was the top collegian in the field. Bryant Switzer finished second in the 400m with 49.29 while Xavier Bledsoe finished second in the high jump with 6-06 ¾. The Tiger women won 5 events, three of which had at least a 1-2 finish. Jessica Ackerman (4:40.65) and Delaney Miller (4:41.32) went 1-2 in the 1500m, while Nicole Marvin (17:50.71) and Melissa Reed (18:02.50) went 1-2 in the 5km. Princeton’s most dominant event was the long jump, as Sara Ronde (18-04 ¼), Ariel Becker (17-06 ¼), and Taylor Morgan (17-04 ¼, wind-aided) earned a 1-2-3 finish. Alex Lanzafame won the triple jump with 38-03 ¼, while Julia Ratcliffe earned a second hammer win in the last week with a 209-01 throw at the Lions Invitational.
Brown hosted the Brown Springtime Open on Sunday, where they hosted many New England-based schools and professionals (including Harvard). This was not a scored meet, but many of Brown’s athletes got their time to shine. In the men’s competition, Brown’s Taylor Alarcon claimed both of the horizontal jumps, leaping 22-02 ½ in the long (leading a 1-2-3-4 Brown finish) and 49-00 ¼ in the triple (a new season’s best for the Bear). Peter Rhodes also led a top finish sweep for Brown in the 110m hurdles, as his teammates finished in 2nd and 3rd behind his winning time of 14.92. Rhodes got a new season’s best of 14.83 in the preliminary round of this event. Brown also had the top collegians in the throws, as Aaron Comery, Courtland Clavette, and Matthew O’Hara all finished as the runner up in the shot put (55-09 ¼ – season’s best), discus (185-05), and hammer throws (177-00), respectively. Brown alum Bryan Powlen won the discus with a throw of 186-01. Brown also won the 4×100 (41.80), steeplechase (Matt Mahoney – 8:23.24), and 800m (Mike Wyman – 1:53.11). Meanwhile, Harvard won three events at the meet. Matthew Hurst was the top collegian in the short sprints, winning the 100m in 10.93 and finished as the runner up in the 200m in 21.73. Randall Raymond ran a new season’s best in the 400m hurdles to win in 57.93, while Richard Bradley won the javelin throw with a 188-11 toss.
Four Brown women claimed both individual and relay titles – Emmaline Suchland (100m – 12.28), Mikela Waldman (200 – 26.24), and Alexandra Stanton (400m hurdles – 59.71) joined Audrea Holt to win the 4×100 in 47.12, while Clare Peabody (mile – 4:49.03) joined Taylor Worthy, Jeanine Noordam, and Alexis Van Pernis on the winning 4×400 team in 4:07.60. Brown also won five of the field events (well, four undergraduates and one alumna did). Morayo Akande won the high jump with 5-05. Anna Guo took the long jump in 17-05 ½, while O’Sha Williams took the triple jump in 39-04. Josie Natrasevschi threw a new season’s best in the hammer throw with a mark of 170-02. Victoria Buhr came back to her alma mater track and won the shot put with 45-08 ½. Meanwhile, the Harvard women were the top collegians in three events – Jen Guidera in the 3000m (10:02.77 for the win), Sylvia Deppen in the 100m hurdles (15.04 for the win), and Marlena Sabatino in the pole vault (12-05 ½ as the runner up). Lastly, we wanted to recognize HepsTrack contributor Rachel Sorna for her second place finish in the mile in 4:51.07 behind Brown’s Peabody.
Yale also hosted their own “Springtime” invitational, which also featured many Elis, and a few Columbia Lions, who did not get the opportunity to compete at the Penn Relays. Yale allowed many of their women mid- to long-distance runners a chance to compete, resulting in a wave of Yale blue in the 800m (behind frosh Dana Klein in 2:13.42, they went 1 through 4) and the 5000m (where Claire Ewing-Nelson led a 1 through 6 finish in 17:58.84). Emily Cable got a new seasonal best in the 400m of 54.76 en route to winning the event. Freshman Casey Celestin was the only Yale man to win an event, as he won the steeplechase in a season’s best time of 9:38.35. Columbia claimed two wins at the meet. Tal Braude led a 1-2 Light Blue finish in the 5000m as he and Jonah Hanig finished in 14:49.47 and 14:52.05. Iris Chijioke took the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.26. Although Columbia’s Ashley Cunningham finished as the runner-up in the 200m, she ran a new conference-leading time of 24.10 in that event.
Lastly, Cornell hosted the Big Red Invitational, which pulled in talent from all around the northern New York region. Jordan Sherwood nabbed an individual and relay event win – he won the 400m hurdles in a new season’s best of 53.93, while he was on the winning 4×400 relay (3:25.17) with Lionel Chambers, Ross Clarke, and Will Gibson. Rudy Winkler improved his 5th place standing in the record books with a throw of 218-02 that won the hammer throw competition. Cornell also won two other throwing events – the discus (Jacob Shaffer in 158-09) and javelin throws (Vincent Harnett in 164-04). Justin Love got a little assistance from the wind to win the long jump (23-08 1/4, wind-aided) while Sam Baxter took the 800m in 1:54.88. The Big Red women won two events and finished as the top collegian in another two events. Ellen Shepard took the 100m in 12.06w, while Camryn Goodman and Taylor Baker went 1-2 in the discus throw. Goodman threw 150-10 to win the event, while Baker was only 6 inches back to finish in second place. Eve Bishop was the top collegian in the pole vault, clearing the same height as the winner (11-11 3/4) but finished in second due to misses. Kayleigh Carrillo was the top collegian in the 200m, as she finished in 4th place with 26.16.