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The men’s team battle is getting more exciting as Princeton athletes are nipping Cornell at various points in the competition.  Take the men’s 800m.  The men’s 800m final had a bit of drama throughout the race.  Harvard rookie Myles Marshall fell at the end of the first lap, essentially dropping him from title contention.  Cornell’s James Gowans took the lead up to the 600m (55.22 400m, 1:23.61 600m) but on the backstretch, Princeton’s Josh Ingalls, Penn’s Elias Graca, and Columbia’s Alek Sauer moved up to battle for the front.  Ingalls took the lead in the final turn and powered away to the win.  Gowans died down to 5th place.  Marshall managed to battle back to score a single point in sixth place.

Men's 800m Finals                                                                       
  1 Ingalls, Joshua           SO Princeton              1:51.59@  10         
  2 Sauer, Alek               FR Columbia               1:52.46@   8         
  3 Graca, Elias              FR Penn                   1:52.47@   6         
  4 Schulz, Eric              SO Princeton              1:53.41@   4         
  5 Gowans, James             JR Cornell                1:53.47@   2         
  6 Marshall, Myles           FR Harvard                1:53.75@   1

The women’s 800m final went off fast as Columbia’s Brittney Wade took the first 200m in out in 30 seconds.  The pace cooled a little by 400m with 1:03.20 as Wade continued to lead.  Yale’s Shannon McDonnell was on Wade’s outside shoulder and took over the lead at the bell (1:34.8).  On the backstretch, McDonnell began to pull away with Princeton’s Ashley Forte being the only athlete who managed to stick with her.  But McDonnell was not challenged in the final 50m as she won her first individual Indoor Heps title in 2:10.24.  Forte held on for second in 2:10.77 while Cornell’s Shannon Hugard charged on the outside to grab third in 2:11.34.

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Women's 800m Finals                                                                       
  1 McDonnell, Shannon        SR Yale                   2:10.24@  10         
  2 Forte, Ashley             SO Princeton              2:10.77@   8         
  3 Hugard, Shannon           SO Cornell                2:11.34@   6         
  4 Livingston, Abby          SO Dartmouth              2:11.60@   4         
  5 Jurew, Anna               FR Princeton              2:11.76@   2         
  6 Wade, Brittney            JR Columbia               2:11.86@   1

Princeton dominated the men’s 1000m, putting more of a cushion against Cornell in the team battle. Noah Kauppila and Luke Brahm finished 1-2 in the event to get 18 points, while Cornell only got 1 point in the event with Sam Baxter finishing in sixth place.

Men's 1000m Finals                                                                       
  1 Kauppila, Noah            SO Princeton              2:27.78@  10         
  2 Brahm, Luke               SR Princeton              2:28.51    8         
  3 Horton, Reed              FR Dartmouth              2:29.44    6         
  4 Haik, Spencer             SO Columbia               2:29.59    4         
  5 Webb, Kirk                SR Penn                   2:29.85    2         
  6 Baxter, Sam               SR Cornell                2:30.18    1
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                          Men - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored             
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    1) Princeton                  125        2) Cornell                    89
    3) Dartmouth                   55        4) Penn                       37
    5) Brown                       28        6) Columbia                   24
    6) Harvard                     24        8) Yale                       21

Dartmouth’s Kailtin Whitehorn won her third Indoor Heps high jump title but it wasn’t easy. She needed to clear 6-feet – a new personal best for her – to win the event over Cornell sophomore Kate Gulbrandsen. Whitehorn’s clearance of 6-00 1/2 is #6 in Indoor Heps meet history and #5 in conference history. Gulbrandsen’s second place height of 5-10 1/2 places her in a tie for #10 in Indoor Heps meet history.

Women's High Jump Finals                                                                           
  1 Whitehorn, Kaitlin        SR Dartmouth                1.84m*   6-00.50  10   
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76 1.79 1.82 1.84 1.86                           
        O   XO    O    O    O    O  XXO    O  XXO  XXX                           
  2 Gulbrandsen, Kate         SO Cornell                  1.79m*   5-10.50   8   
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76 1.79 1.82                                     
      PPP    O    O    O   XO   XO   XO  XXX                                     
  3 DeJournett, Shanelle      JR Brown                    1.73m*   5-08.00   6   
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76                                               
        O    O  XXO    O    O  XXX                                               
  4 Garman, Maria             FR Dartmouth                1.73m*   5-08.00   4   
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73 1.76                                               
       XO  XXO    O  XXO  XXO  XXX                                               
  5 Akande, Morayo            SR Brown                    1.70m@   5-07.00   1.50
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73                                                    
        O    O    O    O  XXX                                                    
  5 Malizia, Anna Peyton      FR Penn                     1.70m@   5-07.00   1.50
     1.61 1.64 1.67 1.70 1.73                                                    
        O    O    O    O  XXX
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                        Women - Team Rankings - 12 Events Scored                 
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    1) Harvard                     95.50     2) Dartmouth                  73    
    3) Cornell                     65.50     4) Princeton                  51    
    5) Brown                       27.50     6) Penn                       24.50 
    7) Columbia                    21        8) Yale                       14

Back on the track, we knew it was going to be a loaded final with it containing Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski, defnding champ Sarah Hardie of Columbia, and top two seeds Clare Peabody of Brown and Dartmouth’s Bridget O’Neill. But Barowski appeared spent from winning the 500m earlier in the day and Cornell senior Kristen Niedrach really stepped up. Niedrach led for the majority of the race (400m in 66.55; 600 in 1:41.56) when Peabody passed her before 700m into the race. Peabody tried to power away from the field but Hardie and Niedrach stayed in the hunt. Hardie claims the lead on the final turn but Niedrach would not give up as she made Hardie earn the win. Hardie outleaned Niedrach – 2:48.40 to 2:48.41 – for a photo finish.

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Women's 1000m Finals                                                                       
  1 Hardie, Sarah             SO Columbia               2:48.40M  10         
  2 Niedrach, Kristen         SR Cornell                2:48.41M   8         
  3 Peabody, Clare            SO Brown                  2:49.04@   6         
  4 O'Neill, Bridget          SO Dartmouth              2:49.78@   4         
  5 Barowski, Cecilia         SR Princeton              2:50.47@   2         
  6 DeVoe, Claire             SR Cornell                2:51.02@   1

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                        Women - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored             
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    1) Harvard                     95.50     2) Dartmouth                  77
    3) Cornell                     74.50     4) Princeton                  53
    5) Brown                       33.50     6) Columbia                   31
    7) Penn                        24.50     8) Yale                       14

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