Turning It Up


The temperatures may have cooled over the course of this weekend, but the performances are just getting hotter and hotter.  More additions to various record books were seen from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire – read more about the weekend below.

Harvard Multi-Meet & Battle for Beantown – Mary Boggs

Harvard hosted two meets concurrently this past weekend – the Harvard Multi-Meet and the Battle for Beantown.  The event scores were combined as one meet, resulting in the Harvard women and UMass-Amherst men to win the “beanpot trophies” for their respective competitions.

In the men’s meet, Brown finished ahead of Harvard by 7 points, finishing second and third respectively in the team scoring, even though Harvard had more event wins (7 for the Crimson versus 2 for the Bears).  Harvard got three of the four scorers in the men’s pole vault, which was won by rookie Ian West in 15-09.  Harvard won the 200m (Alex Moore – 22.50), mile (Kieran Tuntivate – 4:19.92), hurdles (Jay Hebert – 8.21), high jump (Spencer Lemons (6-06 ½), and shot put (Julian Nunally – 57-09 ½).  Nunally’s winning throw is a seven foot personal best that now sits him as #2 in the conference rankings.  Brown had a strong presence in the sprints and field events. Brown’s best event was the weight throw, where rookie Owen Russell won the event (58-08 ½) and the team got four scorers in the event (as scoring went 8 deep).  Brown’s other event win at the meet was in the 500m as Max Haensel ran 1:04.20 to win the event and sit 6th in the conference rankings.

In the women’s competition, the Crimson women defended their team title by claiming 9 events while the Bear women finished four in the team standings with two event titles.  Harvard has continued to show they are the sprinting school of the conference for now with 1-2-3 dominance in the 60m, 200m, and hurdles.  Ngozi Musa won the 60m dash with a speedy 7.56 time – a time that sits outside the top-10 all-time lists.  Her classmate, Gabrielle Thomas, has entered the record books in the 200m with her winning time of 24.04 – #6 in the conference record book.  Autumne Franklin is still undefeated this year in the hurdles as she had to edge out her teammate Jackie Modesett for the win.  Both women were accredited a final time of 8.68.  Other Harvard event wins included the 500m (Jade Miller – 1:12.95), 1000m (2:49.70), high jump (Raegan Nizdil – 5-07), pole vault (Nicole Trenchard – 11-03 ¾), triple jump (Floriane Kameni – 38-10 ½), and shot put (Nikki Okwelogu – 53-05).  Brown’s Natatlie Schudrowitz had a speedy indoor debut – her winning mile time of 4:50.45 (where she won by over 7 seconds) sits at the top of the conference.  Brown’s other event win came from Michelle Bazile as she won the weight throw competition with a best mark of 51-01 ½.  Dartmouth’s Allison Frantz was the top Ivy competitor in the multi-event competitions.  She finished in third place with 3,498 points in the pentathlon, where her strongest showing was in the high jump (5-05 ¾ for 818 points).

2016 Lehigh Angry Bird Invitational – L. Kelsey Armstrong

The Penn Quakers started the 2016 indoor season at the same place as 2015 – Lehigh University’s Rauch Fieldhouse. This time they competed in a scored meet. Both the men (140 points) and women (142 points) came in second place behind Monmouth with some notable performances for the New Year.

The women had seven wins, but the most impressive performance was a school record by rookie Rachel Wilson (shown above) in the weight throw. In her second collegiate meet, she came in 2nd place with a launch of 55-02, 3rd best in the conference and besting a record held since 2001. Junior Clarissa Whiting led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 3000m with a facility record performance of 9:49.86 (9:44.85 converted – 4th best in the conference). Her sister, Cleo, followed (9:50.23) with senior Amy Darlington in third (10:10.46). Sophomore Taylor McCorkle equaled her season’s best with a winning time of 7.59 in the 60m. Freshman Imani Solan ran 7.79 to come in 4th. In the 400m, juniors Carey Celata and Ella Wurth came in 1st (58.10) and 4th (59.37) respectively. Frosh Nicole Macco continued her winning ways in the pole vault with a leap of 11-11 3/4, followed by a 4th place effort by classmate Monica Benz of 10-11 3/4. Devinne Miller won the long jump in a collegiate indoor PR of 17-11 1/2 and followed up with a 2nd place effort in the triple jump (35-09 1/4). Serena Graf was also a winner in the shot put with a toss of 41-07, along with the 4 X 400m relay team in a time of 3:58.47. In addition, sophomore Abby Hong garnered a 2nd place effort in the mile (5:03.17), while junior Noel Jancewicz competed in the high jump with a 5-05 3rd place performance.

The men had only three wins, led by a 1-2-4 in the 3000m. Junior Chris Hatter (8:29.59) led the group, while senior Clark Shurtleff followed with  8:34.50. Freshman Kevin Monogue made his collegiate indoor debut with a 8:35.57 effort. Sophomore Patrick Hally led a 1-2-3 sweep in the mile with a time of 4:18.75. Senior Brendan Smith (4:19.23) and rookie Sam Webb (4:19.96) followed behind. Michael Benz (So.) had a winning jump of 15-00 in the pole vault, while senior John Li came 4th with a 14-06 leap. Sophomore James Buser and freshman Joseph Novak jumped into the 800m conference standings with their 2nd place (1:55.13–1:53.51c; 3rd Ivy best) and 3rd place (1:56.20–1:54.57c; 5th Ivy best) finishes respectively. Rookie Christian Kidal-Brandt led the squad with a 2nd place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 22.84. Senior Ben Bowers followed close behind with a 23.31 3rd place finish. There were a quartet of 3rd place finishes, including rookie Elias Graca in the 400m (50.68), fellow frosh Lance Yassay in the high jump (6-04 1/4, Billy Bishop’s heave in the shot put (52-03 3/4), and the 4 X 400m team (3:26.88).

Dartmouth-Maine-Vermont tri-meet – Mary Boggs

The Big Green continued their winning season on Saturday as they won their respective tri-meets by over 30 points over local rivals Maine and Vermont.  The men won with 83 points, followed by Vermont (51) and Maine (43).  Dartmouth claimed 1-2-3 sweeps in three events: the hurdles, pole vault, and shot put.  Rookie Alec Eschholz won his second hurdle event of his collegiate career with a season’s best of 8.23, followed closely by teammates Alex Frye (8.32) and Parker Johnson (8.36).  Mac Cosculluela cleared 5.00m for the second straight meet in the pole vault, winning the event with that clearance (which is equal to 16-04 ¾ in English units).  Defending Indoor Heps heptathlon champ Nico Robinson and rookie Ben Ose finished second and third with heights of 15-11 and 15-07, respectively.  Colin Minor and rookie Lucas Ribeiro were the only throwers to surpass 50 feet in the shot put, finishing first (50-06) and second (50-02 ¾) respectively, while Tim Brennan finished third (49-07).  Other Green event wins included the 200m (Lloyd May – 22.64), 400m (Ed Wagner – 50.35), 500m (Amos Cariati – 1:05.53), 1000m (rookie Dominic Carrese – 2:31.32), 3000m, (Connor Clark – 8:27.19), long jump (Corey Muggler – 23-08 ¾), and weight throw (Brennan – 56-10 ¾).

Meanwhile, the Big Green women won with 87 points over Maine (52) and Vermont (35) by winning 11 of the 17 events.  Like the men, the women had at least a 1-2-3 finish in three events, but they were all focused on the sprints.  Jennifer Meech led two of these finishing sweeps.  In the 200m, she won in a new season’s best (24.81) as she was collected by teammates Sara Kikut (25.33) and Nicole Deblasio (25.85) on the podium. The other event was the 500m, as Meech won in 1:14.95 and led the next four Dartmouth finishers (Kayla Gilding, Abby Livingston, Alexa Jennings, and Kathleen Sprout) to sub-1:20 performances.  Meech, Gilding, Kikut, and Sprout made up the winning 4×400 relay (4:00.34).  Freshman Amelia Ali won the throwing events by comfortable margins.  She won the shot put (38-07) by over two feet, and the weight throw (52-01) by almost four feet.  Kaitlin Whitehorn was the leader in the Dartmouth 1-2-3 finish in the 60m – Whitehorn continued her undefeated season with the 7.66 winning time, while Kikut (7.78) and Deblasio (7.91) finished second and third, respectively in a second event.  The other Dartmouth winners included Maria Jarostchuk (800m – 2:17.46), Elizabeth Markowitz (mile – 5:03.80), Reid Watson (3000m – 9:51.21), Abby Feeney (hurdles – 8.87), and Maria Garman (high jump – 5-05).

Nittany Lion Challenge – Becky Wexler

The Cornell men and women traveled south this weekend, but only to State College, PA for the Nittany Lion Challenge on the typically fast Ashenfelter III track at Penn State.

Junior Tobe Attah was one of two event winners for the Big Red men, taking the 400m in a conference-leading time of 48.33. Classmate James Gowan won the 800m in 1:50.14, also tops in the conference. Alumnus Bruno Horelano-Roig competing unattached, won both the 60m (6.66) and the 200m (21.18). Freshman Zach Menchaca was third behind Horelano-Roig in the 200m in a time (21.63) that places him atop the Ivy standings in that event.  Other standout performances included senior Max Hairston in the 60m hurdles (a conference-leading 8.01), the 4×400 relay team of Michael Smith, James Smith, Hairston and Larry Gibson (3:15.10, tops in the conference), and senior Sam Baxter with a PR in the 1,000m (2:26.13, second in the conference).  Baxter’s PR came in the race where a new collegiate record was set by Penn State’s Brannon Kidder in 2:18.26.

For the women, senior Udeme Akpaete was the lone event winner (400m, conference-leading time of 55.38), but there were plenty of other standout performances. Senior Kristen Niedrach ran an outright PR in the 800m (2.12.40), which ranks third in the conference standings, and her classmate Claire DeVoe ran 2:52.14 in the 1,000m. Sophomores Taylor Spillane and Jacquelyn Katzman ran quick times (4:56.76 and 4:56.83, respectively) in a very competitive mile race won by Penn State’s Elizabeth Chikotas in 4:45.59, a time that ranks fifth on the NCAA overall performance list. Senior Caroline Kellner ran a conference-leading time of 9:35.07 in the 3,000m, and sophomore Claudia Dabrowski jumped 18-00 ½ in the long jump, a mark that ranks her fifth in the conference standings. Niedrach, Akpaete, DeVoe and Spillane were second to UConn in the distance medley relay, establishing a time of 11:50.15 as the mark to beat in the conference.

photo from Penn TF/XC Twitter

Comments are closed.