Ok, how many of you missed the track & field action over these last few weeks? Well, wait no more – our first results of 2016 are here:
Princeton Women’s Triangular (Princeton, NJ) – Becky Wexler
The Tiger women hosted a tri-meet on Friday and emerged victorious (141 points) over both Saint John’s (125 ½ points) and Saint Joseph’s (67 ½ points).
Senior Cecilia Barowski dominated the 500m with a conference-leading time of 1:11.15 (converted from 1:12.05 for track size). Freshman Jackie Berardo won the 800m in a time of 2:16.93 (converted from 2:18.51). Princeton swept the first five places of the 3,000m, with freshman winner Brighie Leach running a conference-leading time of 9:41.57 (converted from 9:46.55) and junior Alexandra Marcovic right behind her in 9:42.44 (converted from 9:47.43).
The Tigers swept the 60m hurdles, led by senior Taylor Morgan’s winning time of 8.90 seconds. Morgan also jumped 5-05 ¼ to win the high jump. Freshman Kerri Davidson claimed the triple jump with a leap of 40-02, a mark that has been equaled in the conference only by Brown’s O’Sha Williams. Allison Harris—who was also third in the 60m hurdles (9.11)—led a Princeton sweep of the pole vault with a vault of 11-09 ¾. Sophomore Kennedy O’Dell won the weight throw with a heave of 52-03 ¾ and was third in the shot put (41-01).
Southern Tier Collegiate Invitational (Ithaca, NY) – Nell Smith
Cornell hosted the Southern Tier Collegiate Invitational Friday at Barton Hall. Harvard, Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca College, Le Moyne and St. John Fisher joined The Big Red in their first meet of 2016. Cornell finished the meet with 11 combined event wins, while Harvard posted 9 victories.
The freshmen and sophomore class at Cornell dominated the field events, capturing five top-three performances for the women’s team. Freshman Leena Morris won the shot put with a toss of 44-06 and placed second in the weight hurling a 52-10 1/4 throw. Autumn Covington made her debut for The Big Red in the weight throw finishing behind her classmate with 52-09 3/4, which was good for third. Freshman Christabel Ezidiegwe won the triple jump with a solid leap of 39-0 1/2, while sophomore Kate Gulbrandsen placed second in the high jump ending the competition with a clearance of 5-07 behind Harvard junior Raegan Nizdil who took first jumping 5-08.
Freshman Gabby Thomas of Harvard set the stage for the sprint events of the competition earning double honors and setting season bests in the 60m (7.54) and 200m (24.68). Team veteran Autumne Franklin (senior) clocked 8.63 in the 60m hurdles, which stands as her best performance of the season. For Cornell, senior Udeme Akpaete ran a 400m (56.25)/200m (24.77) double, finishing first and second in both events respectively. Crimson senior Kieran Gallagher was the first to cross the finish line of the 1000m race. Her time of 2:54.57 put her seconds ahead of second place finisher for Cornell Jackie Katzman (2:58.51) and senior Kristen Niedrach (2:58.69) who placed third. Gallagher joined juniors Jackie Modesett and Jade Miller along with freshman teammate Anna Sulger in the 4x400m relay for a victory finish and time of 3:54.77. Cornell’s 4x800m relay consisting of seniors Caroline Kellner and Kate McCormick, sophomore Jess Wojnicki and freshman Eve Glasergreen notched the first place performance recoding a 9:53.64.
The Cornell men had a strong showing in the sprinting events. Freshman Zach Menchaca blazed through the 60m finish in 6.88. In the 60m hurdles freshman Austin Lyons won the event with a winning time of 8.22, Crimson sophomore Jay Herbert who ran 8.24 for third. Sophomore Alexander Moore of Harvard held onto the top finish in the 200m running 22.81 for third place. The 500m race was loaded with Cornell men who secured five of the top six performances in the race. Junior Tobe Attah led the pack with a victory win over the field in 1:04.25. Freshman Myles Marshall challenged the Cornell heavy race capturing a second place finish clocking 1:04.93. The next finisher for Cornell was senior Larry Gibson (1:05.27) for third. The quartet of Michael Smith, James Smith, Attah and Gibson finished the day with a win for Cornell in the 4x400m relay. Their time 3:20.79 bested the ‘B’ team’s time of 3:22.60. Junior Brandon Price secured a first place finish in the mile for the Crimson with a time of 4:16.69, while sophomore Jonas Arandas 2:32.82 in the 1000m was good for first and a new personal best.
In the men’s high jump competition Cornell sophomore Myles Lazarou and senior Stephen Afadapa cleared 6-08 1/4 finishing first and second respectively. Sophomore Alex Rodriguez won the long jump with a 24-01 1/2 foot leap and junior Justin Love finished third with 23-0 3/4. In the triple jumps sophomore Oseoba Airewele took second (47-06 1/2). For the Crimson, freshman pair Ian West and Taylor Gill posted personal bests in the pole vault with a 15-03 clearance. West placed just ahead of Gill in first with fewer misses during the competition.
Yale Collegiate Invitational (New Haven, CT) – Mary Boggs
Yale and Brown opened up their 2016 portion of the indoor season at the Yale Collegiate Invitational in the historic Coxe Cage. Both teams had limited squad participation as they both had primarily sprinters and field eventers participate. The Brown Bears had five event wins across both competitions. Aaron Comery led a 1-2-3 Brown sweep at the top of the podium in the shot put. Comery won with a toss of 51-08 ½, while teammates Matt O’Hara (2nd – 50-11) and Chris Cubra (3rd – 49-10) were not that far behind at the end of the event. Ryan Kelly and Oluwatosin Oyewole both had two top 3 finishes at the meet. Kelly won the 200m in 21.91 while also placing third in a tight 60m final in 6.99. Oyewole was the runner up in the 200m (22.53) while he won the 400m in 49.59 – the only athlete to break 50 seconds for the meet. Audrea Holt claimed the women’s 400m title in a new season’s best of 59.01. Carly Paul and Jenell Grier-Spratley were two of the four women who cleared 5-05 in the high jump, resulting in the finishing order being determined by jump-off. Paul was awarded the win while rookie Grier-Spratley was deemed the runner up. Brown also had two top-3 finishers in the triple jump. O’Sha Williams claimed her second win of the young season with a distance of 39-08 1/2, while her rookie teammate Uloma Nwaolu finished 3rd with a best mark of 36-02.75. Other Brown finishers in the top 3 included Zach Emrich (500m, 1:04.15), rookie Owen Russell (weight throw – 60-02 ½), and Michelle Bazile (weight throw – 52-05 ¼). Yale had one event win – Sydney Cureton claimed the 60m title in 7.65, a new season’s best. Freshman Austin Laut set a new season’s best in the pole vault to finish in second place (15-09). Michael Kolley and Cody Clements were given a 4th place tie in the men’s high jump as both cleared 6-04 ¼. The men’s 4×400 squad finished 4th in the event with 3:25.29.
Princeton/Navy Dual (Annapolis, MD) – L. Kelsey Armstrong
The Princeton men traveled to Annapolis, MD to renew their rivalry with former Heptagonal League member, the Naval Academy in their annual dual meet. This battle of defending champions (Navy is the champion of the Patriot League) was a close contest throughout the meet. In the end, Princeton edged Navy by a score of 95.5 to 85.5.
Princeton powered their team win by nine event victories, highlighted by a 1-2-3 finish in the 1000m. Sophomore Noah Kauppila won the event in a league-leading time of 2:25.67. He was followed by sophomore Zachary Albright (2:29.11 – 3rd fastest league time) and junior Stephen Rossettie (2:30.66). Sophomore Joshua Ingalis dominated the 800m by 2 seconds with a winning time of 1:51.82 that tops in the Ivy League. The 4x800m team of Kauppila, Berger, Shulz and Ingalis won by 18 seconds in a time of 7:48.15, 2nd best league time and 6th in the nation. Freshman Stefan Amokwando decisively won the triple jump in 46-10, while sophomore Lane Russell came in second with a jump of 45-01 1/2. The long jump had a 1-2 finish of senior Jake Scinto (22-10) and junior Greg Leeper (21-06 3/4). The top two shot put throwers in the conference, junior Chris Cook and sophomore Mitchel Charles finished 1-2 also with throws of 55-10 1/2 and 54-05 1/4 respectively. Freshman sensation Adam Kelly won the weight throw in 64-05 on his final attempt, while junior Vic Youn followed with a 4th place effort (55-07 1/2). Conference leader rookie Charles Volker won the 60m in 6.92, followed by a 3rd place finish by sophomore Carrington Akosa (7.00). Senior Michael Sublette won the 3000m in 8:28.80, while his sophomore teammate Robert Stone ran 8:35.93 for a 3rd place finish.
There were several other notable performances also, underlined by Luke Brahm’s 2nd place finish in the mile. The senior’s time of 4:09.26 is the league’s top time (7th nationally), while his freshman teammate Jeremy Spiezio ran the 2nd best time with his 4:11.31 3rd place finish. Sophomore Joshua Freeman sprinted to league-leader of 48.53 in a 2nd place finish in the 400m. Akosa and junior Brett Albertson finished 2-3 in the 200m with times of 22.05 and 22.31 respectively. Albertson’s time is the 3rd best Ivy performance. There was another 2-3 finish in the 500m with the freshman pair of Franklin Aririguzah (1:06.52) and Christian Fryer-Davis (1:06.87). Senior Greg Caldwell hurdled to a 2nd place finish (8.34) in the 60mH, while the 4x400m team of Akosa, Johnson, Freeman and Mennin ran 3:25.43 for 2nd place. Sophomore Colin Reilly and junior Xavier Bledson both jumped 6-04 1/4 in the high jump, but due to number of misses, Reilly placed 2nd, while Bledson placed 4th. The pole vaulters placed 3rd and 4th with sophomore August Kiles leaping 16-04 3/4 and junior Ben Gaylord jumping 15-09, 6th best in the league.
Dartmouth Relays (Hanover, NH) – Mary Boggs
The Big Green dominated their home invitational on Sunday in the Leverone Field House. The men bested the competition by 99 points, while the women won by 115 points. The highlight for the men’s competition was Max Cosculluela, who set a new school record en route to winning the pole vault in 16-07 ½. This is the first time Cosculluela has cleared 5.00m (16-04 3/4) in an indoor setting, and it sits him second in the overall conference standings. Kaitlin Whitehorn once again won the 60m and high jump this indoor season – 7.55 in the 60m and cleared 5-08 ½ in the high jump. Ben Colello led the Big Green hurdling squad, as Dartmouth claimed five of the six scoring positions in the 60m hurdle final. Colello won in 8.18. The Big Green won a total of ten other events, including both miles (Joey Chapin, 4:12.60; Grace Thompson, 5:02.61), both 800m (Reed Horton, 1:56.01; Aliyah Gallup, 2:15.97), both 4x400s (3:22.43 for the men; 3:54.85 for the women), the women’s 400m (Jennifer Meech, 56.83), the men’s triple jump (Corey Muggler, 48-07 ¼), women’s long jump (Kayla Gilding, 17-09), and women’s pole vault (Kaitlin Mccallum, 12-00).