Making More Marks


We had more head-to-head Ivy battles this weekend, resulting in performances that will make this upcoming Indoor Heps much more exciting.  Read on for the rest of our weekend recap.

Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet (Staten Island, NY) – Nell Smith

On Friday evening, the men and women Princeton Tigers dominated the tri-meet against Harvard and Yale at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex. The men recorded their 25th HYP victory, ending the competition with 112 points. Harvard picked up 35 points and Yale finished with 33. With a 28-point lead over Harvard, the Princeton women scored 90 points, while Harvard collected 62 and Yale 28. This victory for Princeton marks the second consecutive HYP title for the women. Princeton’s men had incredible performances across the board in both the track and field events as the team posted victories in 13 out of 17 events.

Freshman Charles Volker earned his Tiger stripes with his double win in the 60m and 200m dash running 6.82 in the 60m and 21.75 in the 200m. The Princeton men also picked up additional points in the 200m with a sweep, including Volker, senior Daniel McCord who ran 21.89 for second and junior Brent Albertson posted 22.27 to round out the event for the Tigers. Harvard sophomore Jay Herbert gained the only victory for the Crimson in the 60mH (8.16) while earning the second best time in Harvard’s history and setting a new personal best.

The dominance in the sprints continued for the Princeton men in the 400m where junior Ray Mennin cruised to the finish line with 48.51 on the clock, besting sophomore teammate Josh Freeman who ran 48.61 for second. Freshman Gregory Campbell Jr. was the fastest finisher for Yale recording 49.04, which was good for third. Josh Ingalls a Princeton sophomore proved to be the superior competitor at 500m while setting a new personal best and winning time of 1:02.32. Harvard freshman Myles Marshall trailed Ingalls by over a second, running 1:03.34 to grab second place. Princeton veteran Luke Brahm won the 800m in 1:52.18 ahead of sophomore teammate Eric Schulz who took second, 1:52.65. Harvard sophomore Jonas Aranda blocked Princeton’s sweep in the 800m by claiming third with 1:53.06. Sophomore Jared Lee of Princeton ran 1:54.93 to finish fourth. Garrett O’Toole, a sophomore Tiger, collected the most points in the men’s 1000m race by finishing first in 2:27.66. Sophomore Matt Chisholm fell a few strides short of the 1000m victory but finished second in 2:28.61 to beat Harvard sophomore Malik Epps who recorded 2:29.78.

On the distance side, Princeton sophomore Noah Kauppila blazed to the finish line of the mile race four seconds ahead of the field with a winning time of 4:07.93. The Princeton men continued to make their mark in the men’s 3000m where freshman Jeremy Spiezio won in 8:13.60, junior Brandon Price of Harvard placed second in 8:15.32, and Princeton junior William Bertrand ran 8:19.19. Yale freshman Connor Hill, junior Chandler Crusan, sophomore Paedyn Gomes and Campbell clocked the fastest 4x400m time, 3:16.35. Princeton’s 4x800m team including, Schulz, O’Toole, Kauppila and Ingalls won with 7:34.97.

Yale senior Brendon Sullivan had the most outstanding performance in the men’s pole vault where he broke a record that was set in 1997. Sullivan’s 17-00 clearance makes him the second best pole vaulter among the Ivy League this season and places him within the top 30 vaulters in the nation. In a shot put sweep for Princeton, junior Christopher Cook was the lead scorer throwing 59-05, sophomore Mitchel Charles tossed a 56-01 1/4 throw and junior Jared Bell released a 53-00 3/4 mark for third. Freshman Adam Kelly won the weight throw with a 66-09 1/4 toss, while junior Xavier Bledsoe jumped 6-08 1/4 in the high jump to claim first. Senior Jake Scinto got a mark of 22-11 1/4 in the long jump for the win and freshman Stefan Amokwandoh secured the first place spot in the men’s triple jump with a winning leap of 49-09.

The Princeton women made their mark early in the competition. Senior Taylor Morgan contributed the most points for the overall victory against Harvard and Yale. In the field events, Morgan won the high jump finishing her clearance at 5-07, a new personal best in the long jump (18-04 1/2) along with her 40-10 1/2 distance in the shot put. Brielle Rowe notched a 54-03 3/4 weight throw, a new personal best for the Princeton senior. Sophomore teammate Kennedy O’Dell released a 52-06 1/2 weight for second in the competition.

Junior Allison Harris notched a huge new personal best in the pole vault with her winning height of 13-05 1/4, which is tied for the second best clearance in conference history (only vaulting great Tory Worthen has ever gone higher – 13-06 1/4). Harris also finished second behind Harvard junior Jackie Modesett in the 60mH. Modesett edged out Harris to win in 8.77, Harris ran 8.78. Princeton freshman Ellie Randolph ran 8.86 for third and sophomore Maia Craver was fourth with 8.97.

Harvard freshman Gabby Thomas captured two victories for the Crimson in the 60m (7.51) and the triple jump 39-07 1/4, a new indoor personal best mark. Teammate Ngozi Musa ran 7.56 in the 60m dash for second and recorded the fastest 200m time of the evening (24.80), an indoor personal best.  Senior Autumne Franklin bested the field in the 400m in 54.39, the ninth fastest time in conference history. Junior teammate Jade Miller’s 54.89 was good for second and a new personal best. At 500m, Meghan McMullin proved to be the best sprinter among her competitors. For the second consecutive year McMullin, Princeton senior, won this event running 1:15.76. In the 800m, Princeton senior Cecilia Barowski took first (2:05.85) with a three second margin of victory. The distance squad for Princeton crushed the 1000m race sweeping the event with less than a second margin between the first and third place finish. Junior Katie Hanss lead the pack in 2:52.72, junior Zoe Sims ran 2:52.85 and freshman Alie Fordyce ran 2:53.51 for third. Bulldog junior Frances Schmiede ran an impressive 4:38.87 mile, which ranks as the sixth fastest mile in conference history, tenth fastest time in the nation, a new school record and 40 second new personal best. Princeton’s Lizzie Bird finished second to Schmiede in 4:39.32, a new personal best for the junior, the seventh fastest time in conference history, and twelfth fastest time in the nation. In the women’s 3000m, freshman Brighie Leach clocked a 9:33.28 to pick up points for Princeton. Dana Klein of Yale finished closely behind Leach in 9:33.47 while setting a new personal best by over 30 seconds.

Yale’s 4x800m team consisting of junior Meredith Rizzo, sophomore Katherine Raphael, senior Shannon McDonnell and Schmiede posted the fifth fastest time in program history with 8:54.17.  Harvard junior Nikki Okwelogu recorded a nearly 14-foot victory over the field in the women’s shot put with a 54-08 3/4 throw. Sophomore Marlena Sabatino placed second in the pole vault, (12-9.5) a new career best and tied for the tenth best clearance in conference history.

Ramapo College Indoor Select (Bronx, NY) – Mary Boggs

The bulk of the Columbia Lions stayed within their home city limits this past weekend, competing at the NYC Armory for the first time this winter.  Sticking close to home allowed many of their rookie athletes the chance to compete as the results were littered with Light Blue throughout the meet.  In the end, Columbia had seven event winners, three top collegians, and ten additional top-3 finishers in their respective events.

Senior Iris Chijioke has continued to improve her hurdle performance as the season progresses.  She easily won the hurdles by almost half of a second, setting a new season’s best time of 8.57 that leads the conference.  She was also a member of the winning 4×400 relay team (with teammates Jaycee Parker, Sydney Petersen, and Shalon Conley) that won in 3:54.92.  Petersen was also the top collegian in the open 400m with a time of 59.21 to finish second overall.  Conley was third in the open 60m where she ran 7.92.  The 60m was won by teammate Akua Obeng-Akrofi in 7.77.  Bianca Joseph was the runner-up in the hurdles with a time of 9.07.  Annie Fanta earned her first collegiate victory 0n Saturday where she ran 5:17.34 to win the mile by just over 0.4 seconds.  McKenzie Sup was edged out for the win in the 800m by 0.04 seconds to Central Park Track Club Emily Rosario – 2:19.01 to 2:19.05.  Adefunke Sonaike was the top collegian in her specialty – the triple jump – as she finished second overall with a season best distance of 38-11 3/4.  Columbia actually went 1-2 in the 4×400 relay, as the other team with Mariella McCormack, Obeng-Akrofi, Sup, and Sunny Chen finished second overall with a time of 3:59.78.  Columbia also finished second and third in the 3,000m as Georgia Tuttle ran 10:37.76 and Victoria Ingram ran 10:40.27.

The men had their best meet performances in the mid- to long-distance portions.  Rookies Charlie Theiss and Brian Zabilski won their respective events.  Theiss won the 800m in 1:55.67, steps ahead of teammate Tyler Otterstedt (1:55.90).  Zabilski won the 3,000m in 8:24.09, while teammate George Maio was third in 8:27.14.  Tal Braude and Aidan Goltra finished 1-2 in the 5,000m, running 15:12.73 and 15:13.14, respectively.  Rookie Dylan Tarpey was runner up in the mile with a time of 4:20.13.

Boston University Terrier Classic (Boston, MA) – Mary Boggs

The Terrier Classic has usually been kind to Ivy League athletes, and this weekend was no different.  HepsNation tallied a total of 30 top-10 finishes and 1 event win across the two-day meet that included athletes spanning from all along the East Coast across both the collegiate and professional ranks.

The lone event win was done by Brown’s distance medley team, where Lucy Van Kleunen, Jeanine Noordam, Clare Peabody, and Natalie Schudrowitz won by almost 17 seconds on the field in 11:40.91 on Saturday morning.  Peabody also had a stellar individual performance on Friday, where she set a new school record in the 1,000m as she finished fifth overall in 2:48.17.  The time also cracks the Ivy League top-10 lists, placing her at #10. Cornell’s Kristen Niedrach was just steps behind Peabody as she finished sixth in 2:49.10, while Dartmouth’s Bridget Flynn finished ninth overall in 2:51.59.. Brown had a second DMR squad in that race on Saturday – the quartet of Alexis Van Pernis, Joelle Feinberg, Lucy Srour, and Emma Sloan finished eighth overall with a time of 12:11.92.

Cornell had a strong showing in the 4×400 relay.  Their squad of Christina Welzer, Taysia Radoslav, Imani Davis, and Udeme Akpaete finished fifth overall in 3:44.91.  Radoslav had a very strong showing in the open 500m, finishing third overall in a new personal best of 1:13.00.  Radoslav was the top Ivy in the event as Brown’s Gwenyth Winship finished tenth overall in 1:44.76.  Akpaete had a top-10 showing in the open 400m, where she finished tenth overall in 55.06, just behind conference rival Jennifer Meech of Dartmouth (54.89).  Meech also had a top-10 showing in the 200m, where she finished eighth overall in 24.40 – her best non-converted 200m time this season.  Dartmouth’s Kailtin Whitehorn and Cornell’s Caroline Kellner both finished as the runner-up in their respective events.  Whitehorn was second in the high jump (5-07) while Kellner was second in the 5,000m (16:30.01).

Other top-10 performances for the women included Dartmouth’s Bridget O’Neill (800m – 10th, 2:09.83), Kaitlin McCallum (pole vault – t-4th, 12-05 1/2), and Helen Schalchtenhaufen (mile – 9th, 4:48.52); Brown’s O’Sha Williams (long jump – 5th, 18-00 1/2), Shanelle DeJournett (high jump – t-5th, 5-05), Morayo Akande (high jump – 7th, 5-05); and Cornell’s Claire DeVoe (mile – 8th, 4:48.18), and Eve Glasergreen (5km – 6th, 16:49.83).

In the men’s competition, two Ivy Leaguers put up performances that sits them just outside the conference top-10 all-time listings.  Ryan Kelly of Brown finished 9th in the open 400m with a time of 47.74, while Dartmouth’s Joey Chapin finished fourth in the 3,000m in 7:57.12.  Both men are fractions of a second outside the top-10 lists (0.31 for Kelly; 0.63 for Chapin).  Kelly anchored his Brown 4×400 squad to an eighth place finish in the event, as he joined Oluwatosin Oyewole, Raul Green, and Zachery Emrich to run 3:15.57.  Dartmouth’s Max Conculluela was the top individual finisher for the men – he finished in a tie for third place in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-00 3/4.  Other top-10 performances for the men include Dartmouth’s Amos Cariati (500m – 7th, 1:04.29), Reed Horton (1000m – 10th, 2:27.73), Curtis King (3,000m – 7th, 8:00.53), Brian Masterson (5,000m – 9th, 14:13.44), and Nat Adams (5,000m – 10th, 14:13.56); and Brown’s Chris Garzia (long jump – 9th, 22-08 1/2).

HepsNation alumni claimed three event wins and had six others finish in the top-10 of their respective events.  Megan Krumpoch won the 800m in 2:05.29 while Jesse Carlin finished ninth overall in 2:09.39.  Abbey D’Agostino dominated the mile with her winning time of 4:31.50, while Liz Costello finished third in 4:39.53.  Morgan Uceny ran the 3,000m for the first time and had little trouble winning the event, claiming the victory in 9:04.87.  Joe Stilin (9th – 4:00.69) and Steve Mangan (10th – 4:01.52) both finished in the top 10 in the competitive mile, where the top 7 finishers broke 4 minutes.  Jordan Mann – running for Providence as a graduate student – finished fifth in the 3,000m in 7:58.72, while Henry Sterling was ninth overall in 8:00.90.


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