It is a big field for the men’s 5000m final with 27 men entered but no conference leader Ben Rainero of Cornell. Brian Masterson of Dartmouth is #2 in the conference and he took out the lead by the 600m. He pulled away from the pack and had about a 15m lead by the 1km point (2:55.85) while his teammate Nat Adams led the chase pack. Masterson kept up the tempo pace, extending his lead to 6 seconds on the field. Masterson was on a 14:25 pace at the halfway point. The chase pack kept changing up its leaders, with Harvard’s Brendon Price and Penn’s Brendan Smith leading at various points. But Masterson began to slow down in the second half of the race and was ultimately passed by Dartmouth’s Joey Chapin and Harvard’s Brendon Price with a little less than 4 laps to go. Chapin managed to have enough in the tank to speed away from Price to get the title in 14:25.97. Price finished as the runner-up. There was drama for third place as Cornell’s Brian Eimstad needed to dive for the line to secure third place over Penn’s Brendan Shearn to help Cornell out in the team race. Princeton did not get any points in this event.
Men's 5km Finals 1 Chapin, Joey SR Dartmouth 14:25.96@ 10 2 Price, Brandon JR Harvard 14:32.11@ 8 3 Eimstad, Brian SR Cornell 14:34.60@ 6 4 Shearn, Brendan JR Penn 14:34.67@ 4 5 Masterson, Brian SR Dartmouth 14:36.82@ 2 6 Smith, Brendan SR Penn 14:38.56@ 1
============================================================================= Men - Team Rankings - 15 Events Scored ============================================================================= 1) Princeton 135 2) Cornell 104 3) Dartmouth 67 4) Penn 50 5) Harvard 32 5) Brown 32 7) Columbia 24 8) Yale 21
Meanwhile, the heptathlon pole vault is still underway as the bar is now set at 14-11. Cornell’s Austin Jamerson has cleared this height to the crowd’s delight.
The women’s 5,000m final is expected to be a battle between Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano and Brown’s Natalie Schudrowitz, much like the final laps of the 3,000m last night. Cornell’s Caroline Kellner acted as the early pace setter, running 3:15.79 for the first 1km and mile in 5:15 with Harvard’s Elianna Schwayder on her outside shoulder while Giordano and Schudrowitz were just a few steps back. The top four did not change – if anything they began to pull away some from the field with Penn’s Cleo Whiting and Princeton’s Kathryn Fluehr joining the group, as the top six went through 3200m in 10:34. It wasn’t until 4 laps to go before someone else attempted to take the lead as Giordano pulled to the front and picked up the pace. Kellner retook the lead about a lap later. Kellner and Schudrowitz began to pull away from Giordano with 2 laps to go and at the bell, Schudrowitz sprinted away. Kellner and Giordano could not respond so Schudrowitz won her first Heps title in 16:21.27. Kellner got her best Heps finish with 2nd place (16:26.95) while Giordano held on for third.
Women 5km Finals 1 Schudrowitz, Natalie SO Brown 16:21.27B 10 2 Kellner, Caroline SR Cornell 16:26.95B 8 3 Giordano, Dana SR Dartmouth 16:29.19B 6 4 Whiting, Cleo JR Penn 16:34.53@ 4 5 Jeffers, Carleen FR Brown 16:42.89@ 2 6 Kamrani, Pegah JR Columbia 16:58.03@ 1
Field event update – Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu makes it three in a row for the shot put, winning with a best toss of 17.01m. Cornell claimed spots 2-3-4 with Michaela Smith, Leena Morris, and Taylor Drayton.
Women Shot Put Finals 1 Okwelogu, Nikki JR Harvard 17.01mB 55-09.75 10 15.48m 15.58m 16.44m 15.80m 16.18m 17.01m 2 Smith, Michaela SO Cornell 14.00m@ 45-11.25 8 13.08m 13.75m FOUL 12.98m 14.00m 13.88m 3 Morris, Leena FR Cornell J14.00m@ 45-11.25 6 13.64m 13.80m 14.00m 13.78m 13.75m 13.21m 4 Drayton, Taylor SO Cornell 13.73m@ 45-00.50 4 13.33m 13.73m 13.59m FOUL FOUL 13.02m 5 O'Dell, Kennedy SO Princeton 13.01m 42-08.25 2 12.92m FOUL 13.01m FOUL 12.68m 12.99m 6 Graf, Serena SR Penn 12.89m 42-03.50 1 12.18m 12.44m 12.56m 12.89m 12.69m FOUL
================================================================================= Women - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored ================================================================================= 1) Harvard 115.50 2) Cornell 107.50 3) Dartmouth 89 4) Princeton 55 5) Brown 45.50 6) Penn 37.50 7) Columbia 32 8) Yale 14