Princeton and Dartmouth managed to sneak in one more weekend of indoor competition before the end of the 2015 calendar year. Princeton hosted their first event of the season, while Dartmouth split up their teams between two cities. Recaps below.
Elm City Challenge (New Haven, Conn) – L. Kelsey Armstrong
Dartmouth sent their male multi-eventers to Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven to compete in the Elm City Challenge on Friday and Saturday. This was their first heptathlon this indoor season and they responded by filling up the Ivy League top 10 conference rankings.
The defending Indoor Heptagonal Champion, Nico Robinson (Jr.) won the competition with a great early season score of 5,180 (5,204 converted due to the flat track the 1,000m was raced on), second best in the conference. Robinson was fairly consistent throughout the entire competition, placing in the top 4 in every event except in the 1,000m (8th place). He had the best jump in the pole vault with a height of 4.70m (15′ 5″- 4th best jump in the Ivy League to date), which garnered him 819 points for the competition.
His teammates Ben Colello (So.), Benjamin Ose (Fr.) and Matthew Sindelar (Fr.) were all competing in their first collegiate heptathlon and placed 3rd (4,868 – 4,892 converted), 5th (4,765 – 4,790 converted) and 7th (4,332 – 4,356 converted) respectively. Colello had the highest event point total of all Dartmouth athletes by running a competition-best of 7.86 in the 55mH, translating into 869 points. He also had the best time in the 55m by running 6.76 (789 points). Sindelar also tied the best high jump performance of the competition with a height of 1.97m (6′ 5 1/2″) for 776 points. Ose’s best event was the 55m dash, where he finished with 775 points from his 6.80 time.
New Year’s Invitational (Princeton, NJ) – Nell Smith
Princeton hosted its annual New Year’s Invitational at Jadwin Gymnasium, the first of three home meets scheduled during the 2015-2016 indoor season. This year, the Tigers captured 16 combined wins for both teams, including a handful of program bests, event sweeps and double titles.
Sophomore Kennedy O’Dell released a pair of first place throws in the weight and shot put. In her first throw of the weight finals, O’Dell launched a 16.90m (55-05.50) throw to claim the win early in the competition. O’Dell’s 13.19m (43-03.25) mark in the shot put was her second first place title of the meet. Teammate Taylor Morgan (senior) finished second in the shot put with 12.96m (42-06.25). Morgan also finished second in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.59m (18-04.25). Freshman Kerri Davidson won the triple jump in 11.91m (39-01.00) with a near two-foot margin over second place.
On the track, the Lady Tigers swept the 600m and 1,000m races. Senior Cecilia Barowski was the first to cross the finish line at 600m with a time of 1:30.33. Ashley Forte (sophomore) crossed second in 1:34.43 and senior Meghan McMullin secured third running a 1:35.66. The next three finishers were also Princeton athletes. Freshman Alie Fordyce was the front-runner in the 1,000m, finishing the 5-lap race in 2:58.93. Behind her was Summer Hanson (senior), in second with 3:06.07, and sophomore Melana Hammel in third with 3:11.82.
Princeton’s 60m hurdlers had a blanket finish in the event after failing to capture a third sweep at the invitational when an unattached competitor claimed the first place spot in the race. Junior Allison Harris finished second in 9.00 seconds, Ellie Randolph (freshman) leaned for the line to finish third in 9.01 and Morgan ran 9.06 for fourth. Harris also won the pole vault event jumping 4.00m (13-01.50). Sophomore duo Christina Walter and Madelyn Baron went 1-2 in the 300m dash, running 40.91 and 41.55 respectively.
The 4x400m ‘A’ squad, consisting of Allison Glossinger (freshman), Quinn Parker (sophomore), McMullin and Barowski ran a 3:51.82 for the win.
The men’s team opened the invitational with a highlight performance in the 60m dash. Freshman Charles Volker posted a 6.79 in the event setting a new program record for Princeton, becoming the fastest Tiger in history. The time also puts Volker into the Indoor Heps all-time record books, where he joins five other athletes with the 7th fastest dash time in conference history. Josh Billington, another freshman, trailed his teammate for third in 6.95.
In the men’s 300m, the Tigers held onto the 1-2-3 positions for the sweep. Senior Daniel McCord won the event in 34.94, sophomore Joshua Freeman came second in 35.12, and junior Bryant Switzer rounded out the competition for Princeton running 35.60. In the 600m, sophomore Eric Schulz ran 1:20.14 to finish first, while freshman Franklin Aririguzoh took third in 1:21.49. Stephen Rossettie (junior) won the 1,000m in 2:31.96 and sophomore Jared Lei placed second with a 2:32.20. Junior Jabari Johnson, sophomore Brennan O’Connor, McCord and Freeman ran the men’s 4x400m relay with an easy win of 3:20.04.
The Princeton men recorded unbeatable performances in the high jump and triple jump. Freshman Andrew Diehl cleared 1.97m (6-05.50) in the high jump during his second attempt at that height. His classmate, Stefan Amokwandoh, leapt 14.48m (47-06.25) in the triple jump finals to claim the win. Seniors Jake Scinto and Bryan Oslin competed in the heptathlon, where Scinto won three total events for a final score of 5,238 points. Oslin finished second with 4,992 points.
Jay Carisella Invitational (Boston, Mass.) – Mary Boggs
Dartmouth sent some of their athletes to Boston for the second straight weekend to participate in Northeastern University’s Jay Carisella Invitational. The Big Green women finished 2nd overall in the team scoring behind host Northeastern as the team set four new meet records, while the Big Green men finished a respectable 5th place.
Senior Jennifer Meech had an excellent meet – she won two individual events with times that place her at the top of the Ivy League conference rankings and set new meet records. She won both the 200m (24.63) and 400m (55.56) by almost a second. Classmate Kaitlin Whitehorn also set a new meet record with her speedy 7.47 60m winning time. Senior Sara Kikut was the runner up with a time of 7.64. Whitehorn’s time matches her 60m personal best which is the 5th fastest in conference history. Whitehorn also won her specialty – the high jump – with a clearance of 5-7. Senior Molly Shapiro had little trouble in getting the win in the triple jump – all of her distances would have won the event – but she set a new meet record of 39-07 ¼ on her fifth attempt. She repeated the mark on her final jump of the competition.
Dartmouth also had a strong showing in the 800m competition, where the Big Green women went 1-2-3. Sophomore Abby Livingston led the way with her 2:11.86 winning time, followed by sophomore Bridget Flynn (2:12.33), and junior Aliyah Gallup (2:15.92). Dartmouth also easily claimed the top positions in the pole vault. Senior duo Kaitlin Mccallum and Stephanie Brown took the top 2 spots. Mccallum set a new personal best of 12-3 ½ to win the event, while Brown set a new seasonal best to finish second with a height of 11-9 ¾.
The men had two event wins at the meet. Junior Corey Muggler did not get many chances to set a legal mark in the triple jump, but when they were legal, they were the best marks of the competition. Muggler’s best mark was 45-10 ¾, besting the runner-up by over 1 foot. Frosh Sam Siegel set a new seasonal best in the pole vault en route to claiming his first collegiate win. He battled a UMass Lowell rookie through the competition, but Siegel managed to clear 14-9 while his competitor did not. Other top three finishers include Kevin Stanko and rookie Alec Eschholz, Stanko grabbed third in the 800m with a time of 1:57.95. Eschholz finished third in the 60m hurdle finals with a time of 8.24.
photo by Doug Austin