Indoors Is Here


Based on the feedback we got through our weekend preview on facebook, it looks like a lot of HepsNation was excited for the first weekend of the 2015-16 indoor track & field season.  I’d like to think that the student-athletes did not disappoint.  We had some performances flirt the all-time top 10 lists.  For a full conference event rankings, check out the Track & Field Results Reporting System database for full results.  This website contains the official rankings for the track and field seasons.  And now, time for the recaps.

30th Brown University Alden Invitational (Providence, RI) – Nell Smith

In a highly anticipated season opener, the Brown University Track and Field team hosted its annual Alden Invitational on Saturday at the Olney Margolies Athletic Center. In this non-scoring meet, the Bears collected 13 combined wins between both the men’s and women’s team.

On the women’s side, freshman Emma Sloan debuted her first collegiate indoor race at 3000 meters leading a Brown sweep to finish with a time of 9:54.90. Sophomores Clare Peabody and Quinn Bornstein were the next two finishers for Brown posting 10:06.34 and 10:07.21 respectively.  The 3000 meter race performance was not the only event sweep of the day for the women’s team. In the high jump event Brown secured the top three spots in a field of 15 athletes. Junior Shanelle DeJournett won the event while setting a new personal best of 5-9.75, which ties the second best clearance in program history. Senior Morayo Akande took second with a leap of 5-5.75 and freshman Jenell Grier Spratley rounded out the high jump competition for the Bears jumping 5-5.75. In another event sweep, freshman Rachel McMahon won the women’s long jump with a 17-11.75 foot jump. Sophomore Carly Paul notched a 17-01.50 for second and DeJournett took third with 17-01.50. O’Shea Williams won the triple jump in 40-02.00, a new indoor personal best for the senior and ranks among the top six jumps in program history.

The Bears captured several individual victories in the men’s events as well. The freshman distance squad had a breakout performance in the men’s 3000 with an easy sweep over the field. Tom Hale was the first to cross the finish line in 9:03.39. Tyler Smith was next in 9:09.92 and Ronan O’Shea took third in 9:12.18. Senior Christopher Garzia took first in the 60 meter hurdles running 8.48, Ryan Kelly (senior) won the 300 meter dash recording a time of 34.77 and classmate Christian Bermel took the 500 title in 1:07.05. A pair of freshmen, Dylan Groos and Nick Way, represented Brown in the 1000 meter race, securing a one-two finish for the Bears. Groos clocked a 2:30.56 and Way ran 2:35.41. In the field events, junior Taylor Alarcon claimed first with a 22-06.25 leap over teammate Garzia who jumped 22-02.50, which was good for second. Junior Aaron Comery released a 56-01.25 throw in the men’s shot put to win the event. As part of a three-man sweep in the men’s weight throw, freshman Owen Russell led the event, throwing 60-05.25 over senior teammates Matthew O’Hara, 60-00.25 and Phuong Truong, 56-01.25.

Metro Holiday Season Opener (Staten Island, NY) – Mary Boggs

The Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex is going to be hosting a number of Ivy League athletes during this indoor season, starting with this past weekend’s Metro Holiday Season Opener (shown above).  Princeton and Columbia sent their athletes to the new facility to familiarize themselves there and they were rather successful as they claimed a total of 16 event victories or top collegians in the results.

Princeton sent rather full squads and went back to their campus with 13 of those honors.  Josh Ingalls won the 500m by almost 0.4 second with a winning time of 1:03.98.  Eric Schulz bested the collegiate competition by almost 2 seconds in the 800m as he won in 1:55.21.  Noah Kauppila and Zach Albright were the top collegian in the mile and 3,000m, respectively – Kauppila finished third in the mile with 4:11.79 while Albright was second in the 3,000m in 8:30.18.  Princeton won both relays of the night, as the 4×400 quartet of Carrington Akosa, Daniel McCord, Josh Freeman, and Ray Mennin (3:18.10) eeked out the win by 0.45 seconds over Monmouth, while the 4×800 quartet of Jared Lee, Franklin Aririguzoh, Kauppila, and Schulz dominated with their 7:56.60 and beating the field by 8 seconds.  The Princeton men also claimed three of the field events – the high jump (Xavier Bledsoe, 6-10.25), pole vault (Adam Bragg, 16-8.75) and shot put (Chris Cook, 59-5.5).  In the women’s competition, Cecelia Barowski’s winning time in the 1,000m is just outside of the all-time Ivy League top-10.  Barowski dominated the event with her 2:48.56, besting the field by over 7 seconds.  It was a similar scene in the 4×800 relay.  The Princeton foursome of Alie Fordyce, Ashley Forte, Meghan McCullin, and Jackie Berardo won in 9:18.09.  The runner up was 40 seconds back.  Rookie Kerri Davidson got a win in her collegiate debut as she won the triple jump with a distance of 37-10.5.

Columbia sent a smaller squad to Staten Island, but they still had some good performances.  The highlight for the men was Taylor Click, who was the top collegian in the 1,000m as he won his heat in 2:31.10 for 7th place overall.  For the women, Ashley Cunningham dominated the 200m by winning the event by almost 1 second – she won with a time of 24.69.  Columbia’s other win of the meet came from sophomore Sarah Hardie as she claimed the mile in 5:03.25 as she was the first of four Lady Lions to finish the mile in under 5:10 at the meet.

A few alumni were seen at the new facility.  Peter Roach (Cornell ’14) finished third in the men’s pole vault with a best clearance of 15-9.  Brendon Fish (Columbia ’15) finished second in the mile with a time of 4:07.27.  Trina Bills (Columbia ’15) was the lone alumna name we recognized in the results – she finished as the runner up in the 1,000m with a time of 2:55.78

2015 Greg Page Relays (Ithaca, NY) – Becky Wexler

Cornell kicked off its indoor track season this weekend at home at the Greg Page Relays. Many members of the distance squads are still enjoying a much-deserved break after the cross-country season, but this meet appeared to be the season opener for most of the sprinters, jumpers and middle distance folks. Senior Ben Raniero, riding his cross-country fitness following a 45th place at NCAAs two weeks ago, debuted in the 5,000 with a winning time of 14:13.81 in a solo effort on his home track (EDITOR’S NOTE: since it was run on Barton’s Hall flat track, it converts to a 14:04.76 for a 200m-banked track equivalent – this time is what will be used for NCAA qualification purposes).

Other men’s event winners included junior Rutger Admirand (500m, 1:03.63), sophomore Dominic DeLuca (3,000m, 8:21.33), the 4x400m relay team of Stanford Cooper, Tobe Attah, Larry Gibson and Admirand (3:19.89), the 4x800m relay team of Brandon Phillips, Roc Johnson, Richard Buchanan and Tomas Reimer (7:54.81), junior Grant Sisserson (pole vault, 16′ 4.75″), sophomore Alex Rodriguez (long jump, 23′ 10″), and junior Austin Jamerson (heptathlon, 5121 points). Rudy Winkler, who was competing as “unattached”, won the weight throw with a heave of 67′ 9″.

For the women, alumna Genna Hartung won the 3,000m in a time of 10:19.64 and was closely followed by freshman Sarah Masukewicz (10:21.50). Other event winners included the 4x800m relay team of Delphi Cleaveland, Suzie Petryk, Kathleen McCormick, and Sarah Holl (9:35.11), sophomore Kate Gulbrandsen (high jump, 5’ 7”), freshman KC Lynn Moulden (shot put, 44′ 7″), and freshman Leena Morris (weight throw, 44′ 7″).

Boston University Opener (Boston, Mass) – Mary Boggs

Harvard and Dartmouth traveled to Boston University’s fast track for their winter debut, competing at the Boston University Opener.  The Ivy men claimed six event wins and three runner up finishes at the meet.  Harvard claimed individual titles in the mid-distance events with Thomas Negron winning the 1,000m in 2:31.93 and Robert Hogg winning the mile in 4:25.94.  Dartmouth claimed the top spots in the pole vault and weight throw – Max Cosculluela and Nico Robinson both cleared 16-0.75 to become the top vaulters in the competition, while Tim Brennan won the weight throw in 55-2.  There were close battles between Harvard and Dartmouth in the hurdles and high jump.  In the hurdles, Dartmouth rookie Alec Eschholtz edged out Harvard’s Jay Hebert for the win, 8.36 to 8.37.  In the high jump, Harvard got the win with Spencer Lemons at 6-6 while Dartmouth’s Alex Frye cleared 6-4 for the runner-up position.

The Ivy women claimed 10 event wins with three runner-up finishes.  Seniors Autumne Franklin and Kaitlin Whitehorn both claimed two event wins.  Franklin won the hurdles (8.72) and 300m (38.75) for Harvard, with the 300m time being a new personal best.  Whitehorn claimed the 200m (25.15) and high jump titles (5-8.75) for Dartmouth.  Harvard rookies took the top 2 spots of the 60m dash final.  Gabrielle Thomas blitzed to the win in 7.56 – which is just outside the all-time Ivy lists – while teammate Ngozi Musa finished in 2nd place with 7.70.  Jade Miller set a new personal best in the 300m (38.84) en route to finishing in second place to teammate Franklin.  Harvard’s other event win at the meet was from Martina Sabatino in the pole vault who won in 12-3.5. Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Mccallum finished as the runner up, clearing the pole vault bar at a height of 11-11.75. Dartmouth claimed individual wins spanning from the 500m to the weight throw.  Jennifer Meech ran the 500m for the first time in her career, winning in 1:14.52.  Bridget Flynn (1,000m – 2:53.35) and Meghan Grela (mile – 4:58.85) dominated the middle distances, while Bridget Douglas won the weight throw (49-6.25).

A few alumni made their indoor debuts at the BU facility on Saturday.  Dartmouth alum Steve Mangan paced a few Ivy alumni to new PRs in the 5,000m.  Brown alum Jordan Mann, now a graduate student at Providence, finished in second place in 13:53.29, a huge PR by 47 seconds.  Henry Sterling, Mangan’s former teammate, set a 14 second new personal best with a time of 14:01.71 that was good enough for 4th place.  Two Harvard alums made the trek back to Boston from New Mexico to compete in the women’s 5000m.  Molly Renfer finished with a 23 second personal best (16:02.58) to finished 6th overall, while Whitney Thornburg got a 3 second personal best (16:24.16) as she finished 11th overall.  Dartmouth alumna Emmaline Berg won the shot put by over 10 feet with a best throw of 52-10.25.

Lehigh Fast Times Before Finals (Bethlehem, Penn.) – L. Kelsey Armstrong

The Penn Quakers started their indoor season in Bethlehem, Pa., at the Leigh Fast Times Before Finals.  As with most teams this time of year, the distance runners did not make the trip.  Despite that, this two day event was highlighted by some quality performances as the Quakers begin their journey to the Indoor Heptagonal Championship in February.  It should be noted that the Rauch Fieldhouse facility has flat, 200m track.

The Women Quakers were led by an impressive vault by freshman Nicole Macco.  In her first collegiate meet, Macco soared to a winning pole vault height of 12′ 3 1/2″, third best in school history.  The duo of sophomore Taylor McCorkle and freshman Imani Solan sprinted to a 1-2 finish in the 60m.  McCorkle was close to her school record of 7.54, while Solan greeted the Ivy League with the sixth fastest time in school history.  Multi-eventer junior Noel Jancewicz started the season well by winning the pentathlon with a score of 3,514 points.  Sophomore Candace Taylor continued her mastery of the 500m with a winning time of 1:15.17.  Junior Carey Celata was another another winner in the 1000m (2:54.75).  Senior Serena Graf started her final collegiate season on a great note by winning the shot put in 42′ 3 3/4″.  The 4 X 400m relay team also won in a time of 3:52.44.  Other noteworthy performances included senior All-American javelin thrower Kelsey Hay placing third in the shot put (40′ 1″), Cora Butler‘s (Jr.) second place in the triple jump (37’ 6″) and Rachel Wilson‘s (Fr.) second place throw of 51’ 10 3/4″.
The Men Quakers had a number of winners and solid performances.  Senior Sam Mattis – the national champion in the discus throw this past year – was a double winner in two disciplines, the weight throw where he threw 59′ 10 3/4″ and the shot put (54′ 3/4″). Junior Billy Bishop completed the 1-2 finish in the shot put by tossing the implement 53′.  Defending Heptagonal 500m champion sophomore Jeff Wiseman led a sweep in the 500m with a winning time of 1:06.27, followed by Ryan Finch’s first collegiate race in 1:06.29 and junior Clark Mangini‘s 1:06.79 effort.  Sophomore Michael Benz led a 1-2 finish in the pole vault, followed by senior John Li.  Both their heights were 14′ 9″, but Benz won with less misses.  Senior Thomas Pitt jumped a solid 23′ 4 1/2″ winner in the long jump, his indoor collegiate personal best.  Jordan Palmer (So.) was a winner in the triple jump with a distance of 46′ 9 1/2″, while classmate Ian Kirk leaped 6′ 6 3/4″ to win the high jump.  Elias Grace won his first collegiate race in the 1000m (2:32.39) and led his teammate sophomore James Buser (2:34.20) to a 1-2 finish.  There were two entries in the 4 X 400m and they finished 1-2 (3:24.43 and 3:25.64).  Other notable performances were the second and third place finishes of sophomore Wyatt David (7.03) and freshman Calvary Rogers (7.04) in the 60m.  Rogers actually ran faster in the heats with a time of 7.01.

Yale Season Opener (New Haven, Conn.) – Mary Boggs

Yale began their 2015-16 indoor season at home in New Haven where they hosted the Yale Season Opener meet.  The Bulldogs had a good debut, particularly in the middle distance events where they had great showings in the 1,000m and mile distances. Tim Cox claimed the 1,000m with a time of 2:33.91, followed closely behind by teammates Michael Yuan (2:34.67) and John Mahoney (2:36.25) in second and third place respectively.  In the women’s equivalent, Shannon McDonnell claimed the 1,000m 2:49.76, which sits outside the Ivy League all-time top 10 in the event.  Rookie Emma Lower claimed the runner up position in her indoor debut, running 3:00.83.  The Lady Bulldogs dominated the mile as Kate Raphael led Yale to a 1-2-3-4-5 sweep as she won in 4:56.08.  Emily Barnes claimed the women’s 3,000m win in 10:02.51, a 28 second new personal best.  The women’s other event win at the meet came in the 4×800 relay – the quartet of Grace Brittan, Melissa Fairchild, Sarah Healy, and Emma Lower raced to the win in 9:18.10.  The men had 1-2 finishes in three other events: the 500m (Alex McDonald in 1:05.78, frosh Connor Hill in 1:05.81), high jump (Michael Koller in 6-6.25, rookie Cody Clements in 6-4.25), and pole vault (Brendan Sullivan in 16-2.75, rookie Austin Laut in 15-3).  Chandler Crusan, Austin Loewen, Hill, and Torren Peebles joined for the 4×400 win in 3:22.08.  Paedyn Gomes was the top collegian in the hurdles as he finished second overall in 8.19.

 photo from Princeton TF/XC Twitter

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