Breaking Up the Load (Pt. 2)


This portion of the weekend recaps blends in some remaining cross country races and results from some of our HepsNation alumni.

Giegengack Invitational (New Haven, CT) – L. Kelsey Armstrong

Yale decided to stay at home this weekend, hosting the Giegengack Invitational.  The familiar surroundings of Coxe Cage led to nine wins by the men and women.

The men were led by a stellar performance in the 3,000m by James Randon.  His time of 8:07.78 is the 3rd best in the league.  He was followed by Andre Ivankovic (8:09.68) in second and Ryan Brady in fifth (8:35.78).  Rookie Austin Laut tied the meet record with a winning leap of 16-08 3/4 in the pole vault.  This moves him up to 3rd best in the Ivies. Luke Persichetti had the winning launch of 49-03 1/2, followed by Jacob Hoops in a second place 47-06 1/2 effort.  Paedyn Gomes ran a winning time of 8.21 in the 60m hurdles, but ran 8.16 in the qualifying heats.  The DMR team had a winning run of 9:52.69.  Other highlights include a 2-3 finish by Michael Koller (6-05) and Cody Clements (6-03 1/4) in the high jump, Trevor Reinhart running a 4:15.45 in the mile for sixth place, the third place effort by frosh Connor Hill in the 200m (22.22), the 3-4 finish of John Mahoney (1:55.63) and Schan Lartigue (1:56.13) in the 800m, Persichetti’s third place in the weight throw (53-03 1/2) and Hale Ross placing second in the 5,000m (15:02.78).  In addition, Jimmy Shih placed third in the triple jump (43-03), while the 4 x400m team with Chandler Crusan, Austin Loewen, Torren Peebles, and Austin Puleo raced to a 3:23.46 fourth place finish.

The women were led by Sydney Cureton powering to a win in the 60m (7.63), 6th best in the league.  Kate Simon moved up to 7th in the conference standings with her winning 53-05 3/4 throw in the weight throw. Emma Lower led the team to a 1-2-4-6 finish in the 800m with a time of 2:14.69, followed by Katie Raphael (2:15.79), Grace Brittan (2:16.35) and Melissa Fairchild (2:16.81).  The DMR team of Raphael, Bridget Tobias, Lower, and Fairchild had a winning time of 11:38.08.  Jennie Callan was a leader in a 2-4-5-6 finish in the 5,000m with a time of 17:50.24, followed by Rachel Jonees (17:57.57), Julia Borowski (18:01.53) and Claire Ewing-Nelson (18:01.93).  Mackenzie Mathews hurdled her way to a second place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.94), followed by Alexandra Lee’s third place in 9.05.  Megan Toon tied for fifth in the high jump (5-01) followed by Lillian Foote in seventh (5-01).  Katrina Garry managed a fourth place (10:28.66) in the 3,000m. Emily Barnes came in fifth in the mile (5:03.47), while Rachel Wofford leaped to a eighth place finish in the long jump (16-07 1/4).

Villanova Invitational (Staten Island, NY) – L. Kelsey Armstrong

The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex was the home of the Villanova Invitational this past week.  While Penn fielded a complete tam, only the Princeton men and a small number of Columbia athletes competed in this team-scored meet.  Penn won the men’s title with 101 points, while Princeton scored 71 (4th place) and Columbia came in 8th with 11 points.  The Penn women was victorious with 121.5 points, while Columbia scored 15 points for 11th place.

The Ivy League men had a total of four wins, led by Princeton rookie Charles Volker’s 6.79 60m sprint, tying his conference leading mark. Penn’s Chris Hatler continued his great season with a 4:03.23 win in the mile for the Ivy lead.  He was followed by Dustin Wilson (Columbia) in fifth place (4:07.18 – 5th in the league) and Penn’s Nick Tuck in seventh (4:09.51).  Princeton’s Daniel McCord sprinted his way to the 4th best conference performance in the 200m (21.72) for the win, followed by Penn rookie Calvary Rogers placing in second in 21.74 (6th place in the league).  Princeton won the 4x400m with McCord, Christian Fryer-Davis, Josh Freeman, and Ray Mennin in 3:15.05, followed by Penn’s quartet pf Jeff Wiseman, Rogers, Elias Graca, and Drew Magaha in second place in 3:15.26.  Graca led a Ivy League 3-5-6-8 finish in the 800m as he ran 1:51.44 (5th best in the conference), followed by Columbia’s Josiah Langstaff (1:51.82), Penn’s Joseph Novak (1;53.02) and Penn’s Kirk Webb (1:54.43).  Princeton had the second and fourth best jumps in the pole vault by August Kiles (16-06 3/4) and Ben Gaylord (16-00 3/4) respectively.  The winner was Princeton senior Adam Bragg, competing unattached (18-02 1/2) as he does not have any remaining indoor eligibility.  Thomas Pitt (Penn) placed third in the high jump (6-07 1/2), followed by Colin Reilly (Princeton) in fourth (6-05 1/2).  Pitt also added another third place in the long jump (23-00).  Penn had Billy Bishop, Sam Mattis and Sam Kaplan finishing second (54-02 3/4), third (53-01 1/2) and sixth (49-02 1/4) respectively in the shot put, while Princeton had rookie Adam Kelly (63-04 1/4) finishing second and Vic Youn finishing in fifth (58-10 3/4) in the weight throw.  Penn came in third, fifth and sixth in the 3,000m with Lyle Wistar (8:19.0), Chris Luciano (8:19.91) and Kevin Monogue (8:19.92), while Ray Mennin (Princeton) ran to a fifth place in the 400m (48.85) followed by Jeff Wiseman of Penn placing seventh (48.96).

The females of the Ivy League had four wins, all by Penn.  Ashley Montgomery led all Penn runners in the 3,000m to a 1-2-3-4-5 finish.  Her time of 9:30.57 vaulted her to #3 in the conference, followed by Abby Hong (9:33.98), Cleo Whiting (9:34.47), Clarissa Whiting (9:36.10) and Amy Darlington (9:44.35).  Nicole Macco (Penn) jumped 12-07 1/2 for the pole vault win, while her teammate Molly Minng placed seventh with a 11-05 3/4 effort.  Taylor McCorkle sprinted to a 7.55 win in the 60m with rookie Imani Solan placing second (7.68), even though she ran 7.61 in the heats (5th in the Ivies).  Penn’s 4x400m team of Noel Jancewicz, sloan, Carey Celata, and Candace Taylor ran 3:47.33, #3 in the conference for the victory. Celata also jumped to #2 in the league with a fourth place 2:07.52 in the 800m. Columbia placed 3-4-9 in the mile with Olivia Sadler running 4:43.98 for the 3rd best in the league, Libby Kokes racing to a 4:43.98 (#4 in the league and fastest mile time for a freshman in the nation) and Grace Grim running 4:53.72.  Solan also ran 56.27 in the 400m for third place, while teammate Taylor came in fourth (56.51).  Penn rookie Meghan Barnes placed eighth in the 60m hurdles, but ran 8.84 in the heat.  Other notable Penn results include Taylor Hojnacki (42-07) and Serena Graf (40-09 3/4), third and sixth place in the shot put, McCorkle’s sixth place in the 200m (24.84), fourth place in the high jump by Jancewicz (5-07) and the 2-6 finish in the weight throw by rookie Rachel Wilson (56-01 3/4) and Nailah Hill (51-08 1/4).

Scarlet & White Invitational (Boston, MA) – Mary Boggs 

After hosting the Crimson Elite on Friday night, Harvard sent some of their athletes across town to the Boston University Scarlet & White Invitational. The Crimson won four events in the evening, with some of those wins ranking among the best in Ivy League history.

Gabrielle Thomas reset a second conference record this weekend. This time, it was one she already owned as she lowered her 200m record to 23.37 to win the event. Autumne Franklin also bettered her position in the record book, as her winning 400m time of 53.89 is the fourth fastest in conference history. Kieran Gallagher and Miranda Sadler finished 1-2 in the 1,000m as both women ran personal bests – Gallagher in 2:48.72 and Sadler in 2:55.21. Andrew Roney won the pole vault in a new season best height of 16-00 3/4.

Other top performances came from Jonas Aranda (fourth in 800m – 1:50.82, personal best), Paige Kouba (second in 800m – 2:09.62), Jade Miller (third in 500m – 1:13.51), and Mark Hill (fifth in long jump – 22-04 ¼, season’s best).

Armory Track Invitational (New York, NY) – Mary Boggs

The Armory Track Invitational brought some of the best athletes from across the nation – in the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks – this past weekend, and many of these athletes upped their game as a result. (Pictures from the event can be viewed on

The “Invitational” events featured many Olympic hopefuls and talented collegians who wanted the challenge of running among these pros. There were many HepsNation members among them. Joe Stilin had the highest individual finish for any Ivy man in this event group, as he finished second in the invitational 3,000m in 8:00.32. There were two Ivy women who also finished runner-ups in their respective events, and both of them were Columbia alumni. Sharay Hale was a member of Team USA that finished second in the invitational 4×200 relay in 1:40.97. Nadia Eke – now representing Ghana – finished in the runner-up position in the invitational triple jump with a best distance of 43-04 ½. The invitational 800m and mile events yielded strong results from the Ivy competitors. For the men, Princeton undergrads Josh Ingles and Luke Brahm finished in the top 6 of the invitational 800m (Ingles in fourth – 1:50.36; Brahm in sixth – 1:50.71) while their teammate Noah Kauppila was the top Ivy finisher in the invitational mile (ninth in 4:06.11), finishing ahead of Brown alum Dan Lowry (10th in 4:15.60). Cornell alumna Morgan Uceny was the top Ivy finisher in the women’s invitational 800m as she finished fifth in 2:04.77. Princeton undergrad Cecilia Barowski held off her former teammate Greta Feldman in the event, as Barowski finished sixth in 2:06.59 and Feldman was seventh in 2:07.39. Princeton alumna Ashley Higginson finished fourth in the competitive women’s invitational mile with a time of 4:30.16.

Columbia and Brown had athletes that performed well among the collegiate events. Johanan Sowah won the men’s 500m in 1:04.26 and then participated on Columbia’s distance medley squad with Ryan Thomas, Josiah Langstaff, and Tait Rutherford. This DMR team finished third overall in 9:57.21. Joining Sowah in the 500m were Corey Hammond (fifth – 1:05.37) and Ronald Busby (eighth – 1:06.30). Brittney Wade had the top Ivy collegian finish with her 4th place finish in the 500m (1:15.94) while her teammate Mariella McCormack finished eighth with a time of 1:16.82. Other top Columbia performances came from the 3,000: Pegah Kamrani (fifth – 9:45.31), Leila Mantilla (seventh – 9:46.18), and Chloe Binczyk (eighth – 9:49.07) in the women’s race, and Max Norris (fifth – 8:29.78) and Dylan Tarpey (sixth – 8:29.98) in the men’s race.  O’Sha Williams was the top Brown finisher at the meet as she finished fifth in the collegiate triple jump with a new personal best and conference leading mark of 41-07 ¼ – a mark that is the eighth best in conference history. Brown also had a good showing in the high jump with Nicie Jenell Grier-Spratley and Morayo Akande finishing fifth and sixth with heights of 5-06 and 5-05, respectively.

USATF Cross Country Championships (Bend, OR) – Mary Boggs

A few HepsNation athletes competed at the USATF Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Bend, Oregon.  The Ivy highlight of the meet was from Columbia freshman Brian Zabilski, who earned a Team USA uniform by finishing fifth in the boy’s junior 8km race in 26:41.  He will represent Team USA at the Pan-American Cross Country Championships in Venezuela in March 2016.  The race was won by Thomas Pollard in 26:11.  Zabilski’s teammate Tyler Italiano also got the opportunity to compete.  Italiano finished 17th overall in 28:21.

In the senior races, Cornell alum Max King pushed the pace early during the senior men 10km race.  He led from the gun, covering the initial 2km loop in 6:13 (3 seconds ahead of the field); however, the field caught up with him during the second loop (second 2km covered in 6:39).  King stayed with the leading group of six as long as he could, but he would ultimately fade to fifth place overall (32:05) as the race was won by Craig Lutz (31:40).  Harvard alum Sean Barrett finished 25th overall in 34:48. Genna Hartung had a good cross country debut as a Cornell alumna as she finished 14th overall in 39:50 in the senior women 10km race.

Tracktown USA High Performance Meet #4 (Portland, OR) – Mary Boggs

The Portland House of Track is holding a new indoor track & field series this winter, giving some professional athletes the opportunity to race on the same surface that will host this year’s IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships in March.

Dartmouth alumna Alexi Pappas won the women’s 3,000m in 9:05.12 after pulling away from Tara Welling in the last 400m of the race to win by 4 seconds.  Pappas and Welling had been battling throughout the race for the lead.  Pappas’ recent foray into the 5km and 10km distance is likely how she was able to win this battle of wills.  Pappas’ former teammate Will Geoghegan competed in the competitive men’s 3,000m race where he finished 9th overall in 7:58.88.

photo by Michael Scott


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