The ECAC and IC4A championships have usually been a chance for HepsNation athletes to get onto good footing before the NCAA Preliminary Round action after Memorial Day. This can mean fine tuning some techniques, getting a better regional qualifier, or a chance of redemption after a poor showing at Outdoor Heps. At the end of Sunday, HepsNation went home with nine event wins and another 40+ top-8 finishes that scored team points. Cornell had the top Ivy men team as they finished 5th in the IC4A team standings. Harvard led the Ivy women’s competition as they finished 10th in the ECAC competition.
Cornell’s Stephen Mozia left Weaver Stadium with two titles this weekend, as he swept the shot put and discus competitions. He only got one legal throw in the shot put, but it was good enough for the win as he threw if 59-09, almost 14 inches better than VCU’s Brandon Ruffin (who like Mozia, also only had one legal throw in the competition). Mozia won the IC4A title in this event last year.
Mozia got more legal marks in the discus throw, as he battled against his friend and conference rival Sam Mattis of Penn. Mozia secured the win on his fifth throw, but he saved the best for last as he got 201-03 on his final throw. Mattis finished as the runner up, getting a best of 195-05. Mattis won this event last year. They were the only athletes to surpass 180 feet in the competition. Two other Ivies finished in the top 8 in the discus: Noah Kennedy-White of Penn (4th in 175-01), and Phuong Truong of Brown (8th in 165-00).
Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton continued her undefeated season in the hammer throw by winning the ECAC event in 224-10, a new season’s best. All of her throws in the competition would have won the event as she was the only athlete to exceed 60 meters. Columbia’s Joanna Koronios came within 3 inches of her personal best that she set at Outdoor Heps earlier this month, as her best throw in the ECAC competition, 181-06, was good enough for 6th place overall.
Princeton got another event winner on Sunday. Elizabeth Bird, Outdoor Heps champ in the steeplechase, showed that she’s just as fast without steeples and water pits as she won the 1500m in 4:26.08, two seconds ahead of the next runner. Columbia’s Anne Carey and Yale’s Dana Klein joined Bird in the finals of this event. Carey and Klein finished within a second of each other, as Carey finished 4th in a time of 4:29.29 while Klein finished in 6th in 4:29.94.
Princeton’s final event winner was in the IC4A pole vault. Adam Bragg was one of two men who cleared 17 feet in the competition. While his best height was 17-04.50, he attempted to be the third man to clear 18-feet in Outdoor Ivy history (18-00.50) but unfortunately he did not make it. He walked away with the IC4A title instead. Yale’s Brendan Sullivan, Cornell’s Keith Rayburn, and Harvard’s Andrew Roney also made it into the top 8 of the event. Sullivan won a jump-off for 3rd place at 16-08.75. Rayburn finished in 5th with 16-04.75, while Roney got 7th with 15-11.
Brown frosh Josie Natrasevschi proved on Saturday that she’s the best discus thrower in the East Coast as she won the ECAC event in 167-07, four inches ahead of Monmouth’s Taylor Johnson. Natrasevschi was joined in the top 8 by three other Ivies, one of which was her teammate Kebbeh Darpolor. Darpolor finished 6th overall in the event with a best distance of 151-02. Cornell had two athletes finish right behind Darpolor: Taylor Baker in seventh with 150-04, and Camryn Goodman in eighth with 144-05.
Harvard has a strong 1-2 punch in the women’s 400m hurdles, as Jade Miller and Autumne Franklin finished in that order in the ECAC 400m hurdle finals. Miller defended her ECAC title as she ran a season’s best time of 56.87, while Franklin ran 57.79. Cornell also had two athletes make the final. Frosh Taysia Radoslav ran a new personal best in the prelims, 57.89 that was tied with the fastest time, and ultimately finished fourth in the finals with 58.81. Emily Woodford did not have the best of finals, as she finished 8th in 63.01.
It was an exciting finish in the ECAC 4x800m final, as it was a “race to the tape” between Penn and Monmouth. Penn outleaned Montmouth for the win, 8:46.04 to 8:46.08. Yale’s mid-distance quartet finished 4th overall in 8:55.76.
It looks like we will have a version 2.0 of Penn and Cornell in the high jump for the next few years. Penn’s Michael Monroe rebounded from a disappointing Outdoor Heps performance to claim his first IC4A title. Monroe won the high jump in a new personal best height of 6-11.50 by clearing the bar on his final attempt. Cornell frosh Myles Lazarou, the Outdoor Heps champion, finished as the runner up with a best height of 6-10.25.
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We will evaluate HepsNation’s chances on qualifying for the NCAA Preliminary Round later this week as all f the weekend meet results get uploaded for rankings.