One Last Tuneup Before oHeps

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Sure, on Friday I said that this past weekend is usually quieter than most.  In way, it was as there was limited Ivy action.  But some of the performances of the weekend have reworked the top-10 conference event listings and had us reworking portions of our Outdoor Heps previews.  Here’s a quick summary of what happened these last two days.

Cornell’s Outdoor Invitational had some very fast times for the long sprints, resulting in some new facility records for the Big Red (and knowing their recent track record, these times had to of been quite good for them to be facility records).  Udeme Akpaete lowered her seasonal best to sub-54 seconds, running 53.45 to win the 400m in a new facility record by almost 0.9 seconds.  From what we can tell, this is the second fastest open 400m she’s ever run (her PR is the 4th fastest in Ivy history, 53.24).  Akpaete was also a member of the winning 4×100 relay, as she ran with Adrian Jones, Zena Kolliesuah, and Katie Woodford won in 45.82.  The other facility record was in the intermediate hurdles, as frosh Taysia Radoslav ran a new season’s best of 58.75 to win the event, breaking the previous facility record of 58.96.  Kristen Niedrach came close to the 1500m facility record of 4:26.54, but came up a little short but still won the event in 4:26.85.  Bruno Hortelano-Roig, Cornell alum, broke the his own 400m facility record by winning the event in 47.09.  Max Hairston set a new conference leader in the 110H with a wind-legal 14.00, while he won the intermediate hurdles in a new season best of 53.73. Stephen Mozia was the only Big Red male two-event winner of the meet, claiming the shot put (65-02 ¾) and discus events (198-09).  In total, Big Red athletes won an additional 7 events.

The other main undergraduate action of the weekend – the Princeton Open (men|women) – also yielded some additional changes to the top of the conference event listings, including four marks that either improve or set new conference leaders.  Princeton’s Adam Bragg changed not only the top mark of the conference, but also the record book.  He cleared a new outdoor personal best height of 17-09 1/4 in the pole vault that was a new school record and places him as #3 in outdoor conference history.  Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski not only improved her season’s best in the 800m (2:07.23, winning the event), but also raced to the #2 spot in the conference listing for the 400m with 54.02.  Penn’s Nick Tuck ran a new conference leading time in the steeplechase, winning the event in a new personal best 8:51.46. The Tiger 4×100 squad featuring Dre Nelson, John Hill, Jake Scinto, and Carrington Akosa set a new top mark of 40.68.  Princeton frosh Josh Ingalls also improved his 800m time, running over 2 second faster to win the 800m elite division in 1:49.36, the third fastest time in the conference this year.   His teammate Bradley Paternostro also improved his 800m time as he finished 3rd in that elite division, running a 1:49.63.  Penn’s Gabby Cuccia was the top collegian in the 1,500m (which was won by Princeton alumna Greta Feldman in 4:22.81) and ran a new personal best in the event, 4:24.63, that puts her at #3 in the conference.  Princeton’s Greg Leeper is now ranked second in the 400m hurdles with his new time of 53.25.  Princeton’s Chris Cook became the second man throw farther than 60 feet in the shot put, as he set a new seasonal best en route to winning the event – 60-07 3/4.  Penn claimed two other event wins, as Kelsey Hay took the title in her javelin specialty with 157-06 while Sam Mattis took the discus with 193-11.  Columbia was also in the competition.  Henna Rustami led the Lady Lions to a 1 through 6 finish in the 3,000m, as she won with a time of 9:52.32.  Ben Ritz was the only Lion winner as he took the 1,500m in 3:46.75.

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