Earning Valentines at BU

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A number of HepsNation received some Valentines in the form of great performances up in Boston at the BU Valentine’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  Seven performances were strong enough to enter our record books.  In addition, four events were won by Ivy Leaguers and another 10 HepsNation members were in the top 3 of their respective events.  This was done at a meet where there were over 20 sections in some of the events and had a number of professionals getting another round in at the fast track.

Brown’s Clare Peabody won the 1,000m in a new personal best time of 2:47.21.  The time is the seventh fastest in conference history (she previously held the tenth fastest mark from the last time she raced at the BU Track this season).  Right behind Peabody was Dartmouth’s Bridget O’Neill, whose second place time of 2:47.74 is the eighth fastest in conference history.  These are the top 1,000m in times in the conference so far this season.

Peabody also anchored the Brown’s distance medley team to a second place finish in 11:39.68.  The other relay legs were run by Taylor Worthy, Jeanine Noordam, and Alexis Van Pernis.

Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech had a huge breakthrough in the 400m as she broke the 54 second barrier in the open race for the first time in her running career.  Her time of 53.97 is the fifth fastest in Ivy League history – second fastest in the conference this season – as she finished sixth overall in the race.

Yale’s Frances Schmiede set another personal best in the mile on the BU Track.  She improved her standing in the Ivy League record book to 4:37.77 – good enough for the fifth fastest performance by an Ivy Leaguer – as she finished 10th overall in the event and won her heat.

Brown’s Natalie Schudrowitz was the top collegian in the 3,000m on Friday, she finished 5th overall in 9:13.53 – the eighth fastest time in conference history and the fastest time for an Ivy Leaguer this season.

Yale’s Brendan Sullivan was the only Ivy male to win an event at the meet, but he did it with a 4-1/2 inch personal best – 17-04 1/2.  It’s the best clearance for anyone in the conference so far this year (well, by an eligible athlete) and is the fifth best clearance in conference history.

Brown’s Ryan Kelly made the indoor record book in the 200m.  His seventh place time of 21.55 is the ninth fastest in conference history.  Kelly was also the lead-off on Brown’s 4×400 relay squad (with Zach Emrich, Nik Zemis, and Oluwatosin Oyewole) that finished second overall in 3:10.95.  The time is the fourth fastest in conference history.

Other notable performances:

  • Harvard women claimed the vertical leap titles at the meet.  Harvard’s Marlena Sabatino is getting comfortable at heights above 12-08 (her previous all-time best going into the season) as she cleared 12-09 1/2 to win the pole vault.  Meanwhile, teammate Raegan Nizdil won the high jump with a clearance of 5-07.
  • We almost had two more men join the sub-4 mile club on Saturday afternoon.  Dartmouth’s Joey Chapin and Yale’s James Randon were just inches away as they both finished with 4:00.xx times.  Chapin finished 5th overall in 4:00.27 while Randon was 7th overall in 4:00.53.
  • Other top 3 performances came from Brown’s Aaron Comery (2nd in shot put, 53-02 1/2), Brown’s Jeanine Noordam (3rd in the 500m, 1:13.87), Yale’s Kate Simon (3rd in the weight throw, 54-07), Brown’s O’Sha Williams (3rd in the triple jump, 41-02 1/2), and Harvard’s Nicole Trenchard (3rd in the pole vault, 11-11 3/4)
  • Some of the HepsNation alumni who competed at the meet included Megan Krumpoch (4th in the 800m, 2:04.02), Emmaline Berg (2nd in the shot put, 51-05), Ashley Higginson (2nd in the 3,000m, 9:02.77), and David Melly (5th in the 5,000m, 14:28.06) all finished in the top 10 of their respective events.

Full results can be found at TFRRS.com.

Photo from Yale’s T&F/XC Instagram account

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