Well it didn’t take long for Cornell to make an impact on the record books.
In the men’s hurdle preliminary round, top seed and 2013 Indoor Heps champ Max Hairston set a new personal best of 7.83 to win his heat. This time is a new meet record and is the second fastest time in conference history. Hairston previously shared the meet record of 7.90 with Cornell’s Saidu Ezike. Ezike holds the conference record with 7.78 seconds.
Cornell actually went 1-2-3 in the first heat, with Hairston leading the way. Wynndham Curtis also set a new personal best (8.07) while edging out Austin Jamerson (8.08). Jamerson is also competing in the heptathlon where he ran 7.14 seconds in the first event – the 60m dash. Princeton’s Greg Caldwell won the second preliminary heat in 8.09 seconds, holding off Penn’s Ben Bowers (8.10). Other hurdle finalists include Jamerson, Yale’s Paedyn Gomes (8.13), Harvard’s Jay Hebert (8.14), and Dartmouth’s Parker Johnson (8.17).
The men’s mile will take the top 4 in each heat and then the next two fastest. The first heat took it easy until the final laps, where Cornell’s Mark Tedder took the win in 4:15.81 followed by Penn’s Chris Hatler, Harvard’s Gabe Montague, and Princeton’s Zach Albright as auto-qualifiers. The second heat was won by defending mile champ Rob Napolitano of Columbia in 4:18.33, followed by Princeton’s Garrett O’Toole, Penn’s Keaton Naff, and Yale’s Thomas Gmur. Dartmouth’s Tim Gorman and Yale’s Trevor Reinhart advanced to the finals as the fastest non-auto times with 4:17.35 and 4:18.97 respectively.
The men’s 60m was dominated by the Big Red, as Cornell had 5 men qualify for the finals – Brailin Paulino, Ryan Hynes, Alex Beck, Zach Menchaca, and Ryan Weigel all ran between 6.87 and 6.90 to make the cut. Princeton had the top 2 qualifiers with Charles Volker and Carrington Akosa with 6.79 and 6.85, respectively. The final qualifier was Harvard’s Max Mondelli with a time of 6.97.