Some Birthday Present

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Time for the men’s 3000m…

The first heat included the defending Indoor Heps champion Thomas Awad, who was entered with “no time” since this would be his first 3,000m race of the year.  Somehow, a rabbit was coordinated to race through the mile in 4:18, with Awad being the first competitor, followed by Columbia’s Brian Zabilski.  Clock was at 7:03 with 400m to go… Awad powered to the win in 8:09 .93 while Zabilski held on for a new personal best for second place in 8:16.91.  So how will the fast heat respond?

In the “fast seed” 3,000m, Dartmouth’s Joey Chapin and Julian Heninger took to the front and set the pace early, running thru the 1k point.  The image above was the order around the 1k point.  The mile time was 4:26 and Heninger started to drop back from the front.  The pace slowed – it was 5:35 at the 2km point. Cornell’s Ben Rainero then moved to the front at 2200m and tried to bring the pace back up to possible winning pace.  Harvard’s Brendon Price went with Rainero.  With 400m to go, the time was 7:09.  Rainero managed to find his final gear – running the final 200m in 28.1 – and best Awad’s heat 1 time to win the event in 8:08.32.  In fact, the top three of the second heat – Rainero, Chapin, and Yale’s James Randon – eeked ahead of Awad.  Penn’s Nick Tuck was fifth and Zabilski’s time was good enough to score, sitting him in 6th place.  According to Twitter, today is Rainero’s birthday.  This is Rainero’s first Heps title.

Men's 3000m Finals                                                                       
  1 Rainero, Ben              SR Cornell                8:08.32@  2  10      
  2 Chapin, Joey              SR Dartmouth              8:08.47@  2   8      
  3 Randon, James             JR Yale                   8:09.63@  2   6      
  4 Awad, Thomas              SR Penn                   8:09.95@  1   4      
  5 Tuck, Nick                JR Penn                   8:14.55@  2   2      
  6 Zabilski, Brian           FR Columbia               8:16.91@  1   1

Speaking of first Heps titles,  Dartmouth’s Corey Muggler won his first title in the men’s long jump with 7.47m distance (24-06 1/4).  Top seed Alex Rodriguez of Cornell finished second overall in 7.25m (23-09 1/2) while defending Indoor Heps champ Greg Leeper of Princeton finished third in 7.22m (23-08 1/4).

Long Jump Finals                                                                           
  1 Muggler, Corey            JR Dartmouth                7.47m*  24-06.25  10   
      7.47m  7.32m  7.36m  6.79m  6.97m  FOUL                                    
  2 Rodriguez, Alex           SO Cornell                  7.25m@  23-09.50   8   
      FOUL  7.25m  6.69m  6.78m  7.19m  6.88m                                    
  3 Leeper, Greg              JR Princeton                7.22m@  23-08.25   6   
      FOUL  7.06m  6.99m  7.22m  7.16m  7.08m                                    
  4 Mason Rodriguez, Malcolm  SR Harvard                  7.14m@  23-05.25   4   
      6.98m  7.14m  FOUL  FOUL  6.73m  6.83m                                     
  5 Hynes, Ryan               SR Cornell                  7.13m@  23-04.75   2   
      FOUL  7.13m  FOUL  6.92m  FOUL  6.98m                                      
  6 Scinto, Jake              SR Princeton                7.10m@  23-03.50   1   
      7.10m  7.09m  7.09m  PASS  FOUL  PASS

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In the final qualifying event for the day, Princeton’s Carrington Akosa put himself in a good position to defend his 200m title as he was the fastest qualifier of the day in 21.92. He will be joined by his teammate Brent Albertson. Cornell got three into the finals – Alex Beck, Larry Gibson, and Zach Menchaca. Brown’s Ryan Kelly and Oluwatosin Oyewole and Penn’s Calvary Rogers rounded out the 200m qualifiers.

Princeton’s August Kiles came into the pole vault finals as the top returning finisher from 2015. He moved up into the #1 spot for 2016 by clearing 5.12m (16-09 1/2), getting that height on the first try. Dartmouth’s Max Cosculluela got his best ever Indoor Heps finish by finishing as the runner-up.

Pole Vault Finals                                                                           
  1 Kiles, August             SO Princeton                5.12m@  16-09.50  10   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00 5.07 5.12 5.17                                     
      PPP  PPP    O  PPP    O  PPP    O  XXX                                     
  2 Cosculluela, Max          JR Dartmouth                5.12m@  16-09.50   8   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00 5.07 5.12 5.17 5.22                                
      PPP  PPP  XXO  PPP    O  PPP   XO  PPP  XXX                                
  3 Sullivan, Brendan         SR Yale                     5.07m@  16-07.50   6   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00 5.07 5.12 5.17                                     
      PPP  PPP    O  XXO  XXO    O  PPP  XXX                                     
  4 Laut, Austin              FR Yale                     5.00m@  16-04.75   4   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00 5.07                                               
      PPP    O    O    O   XO  XXX                                               
  5 Barlow, Andrew            FR Cornell                  4.90m@  16-00.75   2   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00                                                    
        O    O    O    O  XXX                                                    
  6 Roney, Andrew             JR Harvard                  4.90m@  16-00.75   1   
     4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00                                                    
      PPP  XXO  XXO  XXO  XXX

End of Day 1 scores for the men:
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Men – Team Rankings – 4 Events Scored
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1) Cornell 32 2) Dartmouth 27
3) Princeton 25 4) Yale 16
5) Penn 12 6) Brown 6
7) Harvard 5 8) Columbia 1

Cornell will enter Day 2 with the most number of qualifiers (19), followed by Princeton (14), Penn (10), Columbia (6), Brown & Dartmouth (5), Harvard (4), and Yale (3).

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