Title Defenses All Around

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The 1500m, like always, is different race for each gender.

In the women’s Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano & Columbia’s Olivia Sadler pulled away early, setting themselves up for a top 2 finish. Both women went step for step throughout the race, and in the final 200m, you could see how both of them were trying to pull in the extra strength to either pass or hold off the other.  In the end, Giordano defended her title in 4:19.55, while Sadler had to settle for 2nd in 4:20.41.  The third position was constantly changing throughout the race, but Yale’s Emily Waligurski had the better sprint to claim the position in 4:22.46

Women’s 1500m Results:

1 Dana Giordano – JR – Dartmouth 4:19.55 10
2 Olivia Sadler – JR – Columbia 4:20.41 8
3 Emily Waligurski – SO – Yale 4:22.46 6
4 Gabby Cuccia – JR – Penn 4:23.81 4
5 Molly Renfer – SR – Harvard 4:25.09 2
6 Ashley Montgomery – SO – Penn 4:28.70 1

But the men’s affair was different in that it was once again, pack running until the bell.  Brown’s Ned Willig was the pack leader but Penn’s Thomas Awad took over at the bell lap.  But with 300m to go, Cornell’s James Gowan began to challenge Awad.  Until 50m to go, the fans were not certain if Awad had enough to keep the charging Gowans at bay, but Awad proved to have the mightier kick and managed to pull away to get the win in 3:53.69 to Gowans’ 3:54.07.  Princeton’s Bradley Paternostro nipped out Willig for 3rd place, 3;54.09 to 3:54.11.

Men’s 1500m results

1 Thomas Awad – JR – Penn 3:53.69 10
2 James Gowans – SO – Cornell 3:54.07 8
3 Bradley Paternostro – SR – Princeton 3:54.09 6
4 Ned Willig – JR – Brown 3:54.11 4
5 Ben Rainero – JR – Cornell 3:54.64 2
6 James Randon – SO – Yale 3:54.69 1

Columbia’s Nadia Eke has finished her Ivy League career as the Queen of the Sand Pits as she got her 2nd title of the weekend – she won her specialty, the triple jump, with a distance of 43-00.25, almost 2 feet ahead of Brown’s O’Sha Williams (41-03).

Women’s Triple Jump results:

1. Nadia Eke (Columbia) – 43-00/25

2. O’Sha Williams (Brown) – 41-03

3. Molly Shapiro (Dartmouth) – 40-00

4. Hillary Holmes (Cornell) – 39-04.5

5. Anna Williams (Columbia) – 38-10.5

6. Jenny Thompson (Penn) – 38-08.75

Harvard’s Autumne Franklin managed to make it three 100m hurdle titles in a row, but she needed to fight for it.  Columbia’s Iris Chijioke got the better start and led by the halfway point, but Franklin had the better finish and defended her title, 13.70 to 13.77.  Harvard got another 6 points from Jackie Modesett (13.89) and now Harvard moves into the lead in the team competition.

Women’s 100m Hurdle results:

1 Autumne Franklin – JR – Harvard 13.70 10 +0.8
2 Iris Chijioke – JR – Columbia 13.77 8 +0.8
3 Jackie Modesett – SO – Harvard 13.89 6 +0.8
4 Allison Harris – SO – Princeton 14.21 4 +0.8
5 Lauren Ready – SR – Dartmouth 14.30 2 +0.8
6 Rachel Van Metre – JR – Brown 14.45 1 +0.8

Women scores after 11 events: Harvard 72, Princeton 62, Columbia 58, Penn 40, Cornell 35, Dartmouth 34, Brown 27, Yale 13

Unofficially, it looks like Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu defended her shot put title.  According to an image from Brown alumna Victoria Buhr, Okwelogu broke the meet record with her toss of 17.32m.  Only Brown frosh Josie Natrasevschi joined Okwelogu above 14 meters, as she finished 2nd with a throw of 14.20m.

Officially, we can tell you the men’s 110m hurdle results.  With the help of a +2.2 tailwind, Cornell’s Max Hairston proved to the masses that he was back as he successfully defended his hurdle title in 14.11.  Princeton’s Greg Caldwell was the runner-up for the 2nd year in a row with 14.26, while Indoor Heps champ Jarvis Harris of Harvard was 3rd in 14.36.

Men’s 110m Hurdle results

1 Max Hairston – JR – Cornell 14.11 10 +2.2
2 Greg Caldwell – JR – Princeton 14.26 8 +2.2
3 Jarvis Harris – SR – Harvard 14.36 6 +2.2
4 Paedyn Gomes – FR – Yale 14.48 4 +2.2
5 Alex Frye – SO – Dartmouth 14.50 2 +2.2
6 Jay Hebert – FR – Harvard 14.55 1 +2.2

Men’s scores after 10 events: Cornell 84.5, Princeton 71, Dartmouth 49, Penn 45, Harvard 19.5, Yale 19, Brown 18, Columbia 4

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