Breaking Up the Load (Pt. 1)

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With eleven meet recaps from this weekend, we need to split it into two or else we may just hit our blog character limit.  First half is available below.

Metropolitan Championships (Staten Island, NY) – Nell Smith

Despite the blistering snow storm and drastic drop in temperature on Friday, a select group of men and women represented Columbia at the Metropolitan Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

Sophomore Tal Braude was the highlight of the meet for the Lions with his performance in the 3,000m. Braude ran a season and personal best while finishing second in this event with a time 8:33.73. Classmate Aidan Goltra posted 8:44.34 at this distance and freshman Dan Schumacher ran 8:45.13. In the men’s 1,000m, sophomores Brian McGovern and Jake Tuckerman finished within six seconds of each other. McGovern recorded 2:31.77 ahead of Tuckerman’s 2:37.78. Columbia’s DMR finished behind Fordham in the distance medley relay in 10:15.65 to secure second place. The DMR quartet was made up of Charlie Theiss, Taylor Click, Alex Freemantle, and Jack Baisley.

The women’s team competed in a range of events picking up points in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and pentathlon. Bianca Joseph claimed the seventh spot in the 60m hurdles, running 9.12 in the final round. Columbia junior also ran the fastest time for the Lions in the 200m at 26.95, while freshman Eleni Reynolds and Sunny Chen ran 27.57 and 28.76 respectively. Freshman and sophomore duo Rebekah Pogue and Abigail Sharkey cleared 10-04 in the women’s pole vault for a fourth place tie. As the only competitor in the indoor pentathlon for Columbia, sophomore Kelli Martindale collected 2,880 points to finish sixth.

In the sprints, junior Aminat Iriafen came close to dipping below eight seconds in the 60m dash. Her 8.00 bested freshman teammate Eleni Reynolds’ 8.57.  Junior Georgia Tuttle ran 5:17.83 in the women’s mile, while freshman Rebekah Mills clocked 10:44.33 in the 3,000m and sophomore Victoria Ingram ran 18:23.02 at 5,000m.

Crimson Elite (Cambridge, MA) – Nell Smith

On Friday, Harvard hosted its final home meet of the 2015-2016 indoor season at the Gordon Indoor Track. The men’s team won the first place title with 77 points, while the women’s team had a strong day of competition to finish in second with 79 points.

The women’s team led the sprint events securing top finishes, posting personal bests and setting new program records. Freshman Gabby Thomas took second in the 60m running 7.38, a new Harvard and Ivy record. Thomas was the winner of the long jump with a leap of 18-09 3/4, a season’s best. Freshman Ngozi Musa also competed in the 60m dash finishing third in 7.48, which ties her personal best and the tenth fastest time in conference history. In a blanket finish in the 60m hurdles, senior Autumne Franklin took second with a time of 8.42, just 0.01 seconds off her career best. Jackie Modesett held her own in the 60m hurdles clocking 8.65, which is a season best for the junior. In the 400m dash, senior Allison Morrison finished the race with a personal best time of 59.11.

The field event performances were equally as impressive as the running. Floriane Kameni jumped a 39-02 1/4 in the triple jump for third, which is a new career best for the sophomore. Harvard dominated the women’s pole vault. Sophomore Marlena Sabatino set a new personal and program record height with her 12-11 1/2 clearance, which earned her a second place finish. It is also the sixth highest clearance in conference history.  Freshman Nicole Trenchard and senior Lexie Schachne cleared 12-03 1/2 for fourth place in the pole vault. The field event dominance continued in the throws circle where junior Nikki Okwelogu won the shot put by nearly seven feet, ending the competition with a season best 55-07.

On the men’s side, sophomore Jay Hebert was the first to cross the finish line in the 60m hurdles with 8.12. Hebert’s time is a personal best. Sophomore Alexander Moore placed second in the 400m with a time of 49.88. Classmate Max Mondelli posted a 6.92 in the 60m to earn fourth in the event and set a new personal record. Freshman Nicky Maxwell set another record for Harvard in the 60m dash becoming the first NCAA cleared runner to compete with a prosthetic at the collegiate level. His 9.01 was a career best.

Senior Spencer Lemons won the high jump competition tying his season best at 6-06 1/4. Lemons was the only athlete to successfully clear this height. Classmate Malcolm Mason Rodriguez leaped the winning mark in the long jump with a distance of 23-01 1/4, which is a new personal best. Defending Indoor Heps champion Efe Uwaifo jumped 50-05 1/2 to win the triple jump in his first competition of the 2016 season.  Junior Josh Whitener placed third in the men’s weight throw with 58-03 3/4.

Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup (State College, PA) – Becky Wexler

Cornell’s men and women and Princeton’s women competed Friday and Saturday at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup. Penn State won both the men’s (178 points) and women’s (210 points) competitions, but the Cornell men came in third (97 points) and the women placed second (122 points), followed closely by Princeton (110 points). The trip was well worth it as many athletes established top conference marks and personal records.

In the men’s competition, Cornell’s only event winner was junior Rudy Winkler, who took the weight throw with a heave of 74-10 1/2, a personal best and currently the second furthest throw in the NCAA and in Ivy League history. Cornell junior Mark Tedder’s close second place finish in the mile (4:03.47 – new personal best) places him at the top of a conference.  Cornell senior Max Hairston finished in second place in the 60m hurdles with a new conference leading mark (7.93).  Tobe Attach ran a new personal best in the 400m, running 48.29.  Attah and Hairston joined Michael Smith and James Smith in the 4×400 relay to establish a new conference-leading mark of 3:13.07.

There was a lot of Ivy on the podium on the women’s side. Princeton junior Allison Harris highlighted this group with her new conference record clearance in the pole vault, clearing 13-09 1/4 to finish in second place.  Princeton sophomore Ashley Forte won the 600m (1:32.78), an event not contested at Indoor Heps, and her teammate Kaitlin Hanss, a junior, won the 800m in a new personal best of 2:11.52. Cornell senior Kristen Niedrach won the mile in 4:52.68. Princeton sophomore Melinda Renuart won the 3,000m in 9:37.62, a 15-second PR that ranks 6th in the conference. Cornell sophomore Katzman and junior Alexandra Markovich also ran new PRs during the 3,000m, running 9:40.18 and 9:42.01 respectively, to finish second and third in the event. Cornell’s distance medley relay team of Claire DeVoe, Shannon Hugard, Niedrach, and Jackie Katzman won the race with a conference-leading time of 11:30.85. Finally, Princeton senior Taylor Morgan vaulted herself to the top of the Heps rankings and the third best in Ivy League history with a win in the pentathlon (4,050 points).  Cornell senior Maggi Szpak placed second in the 5,000m in 17:14.50, currently the fourth fastest time in the conference.

URI Coaches vs. Domestic Violence Tribute Invitational (Kingston, RI) – Mary Boggs

Brown sent some competitive teams down to the URI Coaches vs. Domestic Violence Tribute Invitational in Kingston, RI, where both the men and women finsished second among the team standings.  The Bears finished with 102 points behind host URI (222.5 points) while the Lady Bears were edged out by UMass Amherst for the team title – 168.5 to 140 points.  Across the competition, Brown won seven events and had another sixteen performances finish in the top 3 of their respective events.

The Lady Bears continued to show their depth in the triple jump this season as they finished 1-2-3 in the event, yielding the highest point total for the team at the meet.  Rachel Van Metre won for the first time this season, as she hopped-skipped-jumped a distance of 36-04.  Chelsie Churchill also cleared 11 meters, finishing in second with 36-02.  Uloma Nwaolu finished third in the event with 35-10 3/4.  Van Metre also scored points in the hurdles where she finished second in 8.88.  The Lady Bears also had a 1-2 finish in the 1,000m, as Charlotte Walmsley edged out her teammate Emma Sloan for the win – 3:01.95 to 3:01.96.  Carly Paul won the high jump for Brown by clearing 5-07 1/4 while Michelle Bazile continued to dominate the weight throw as she won with a throw of 53-04 1/4.  Other top performances came from Emmaline Suchland (third in 60m – 7.85), Jeanine Noordam (second in 500m – 1:15.17), Alexis Van Pernis (third in 500m- 1:18.32), Maxine Offiaeli (third in shot put – 41-10 1/2), and the women’s 4×400 relay team (second in 3:56.85) with Gwenyth Winship, Mikela Waldman, Noordam, and an unnamed fourth runner.

The Bears showed their strong long-sprinting corps and field eventers at the Mackal Fieldhouse.  Ryan Kelly continued to excel in the 400m as he won in 49.26 seconds on the flat track.  Zack Emrich won the 500m in 1:04.16 while Oluwatosin Oyewole was the runner up in the 200m with a time of 22.36.  Chris Garzia scored in two events – he finished third in the hurdles (8.37) and the long jump (22-10 1/2). Owen Russell set a new personal best in the weight throw en route to winning the event – 60-05 3/4.  Other strong performances came from Matt O’Hara (third in the shot put – 49-11; third in the weight throw – 58-03 1/4), Aaron Comery (second in the shot put – 52-09 1/2), and the men’s 4×400 relay (second in 3:22.85) with Oyewole, Emrich, Raul Green, and Calvin Munson.

Dartmouth Indoor Classic (Hanover, NH) – Mary Boggs

The Big Green hosted their final indoor meet for the 2016 season on Saturday – the Dartmouth Indoor Classic. No scores were kept, but the Big Green dominated the meet by winning 19 events.

The Big Green women dominated on the track.  Sara Kikut was a double individual winner at the meet – she won the sprints with times of 7.68 (60m) and a season’s best 25.18 (200m). Kathleen Sprout won the 400m in 58.53 while Marissa Evans won the 500m in 1:16.80. Sprout, Evans, and Kikut joined Kayla Gilding in the women’s 4×400 relay where they won in 3:52.46. Abby Feeney won the hurdles in 8.94. Jennifer Cunningham led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,000m as she won in 2:58.34, followed closely behind by Marisa Magsarili (2:59.16) and Abby Markowitz (2:59.95). Multi-eventer Allison Frantz won her specialty – the high jump – with a season’s best clearance of 5-06. Kaitlin Mccallum continued to have success in the pole vault as she won with a new season’s best clearance of 12-05 1/2. Molly Shapiro won the triple jump in 39-08 leap, a season’s best.

For the men, the hurdles and 400m were their most successful events as they finished 1-2-3 in both of them. Parker Johnson won the hurdles in 8.21, followed by Alex Eschholz (8.28) and Alex Frye (8.34). Amos Cariati won the open 400m in 49.77, followed by Ed Wagner (50.13) and Zach Plante (50.15). Eschholz joined these three 400m in winning the 4×400 relay in 3:23.05. The men won five of the six field events. Max Cosculluela continued to dominate the pole vault as he won with a height of 16-06 3/4. Corey Muggler and Justin Donawa claimed the horizontal jumps – Muggler in the long jump with 24-06 1/2 (a new conference leader) and Donawa in the triple jump with 49-04 1/2 (personal best). Lucas Ribeiro and Colin Minor finished 1-2 in the shot put with distances of 51-04 1/2 and 50-10 1/4, respectively. Minor claimed an individual title of his own in the weight throw as his throw of 58-02 was good enough for the win. Adam Couitt was the top collegian in the high jump as he finished second overall with a 6-04 clearance.

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