Just the Start of the Outdoor Season

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A number of Ivy Leaguers decided that they wanted to literally “break” something during their Spring Break.  No, I don’t mean in terms of injuries.  I mean in terms of breaking records.  Yes, it is very early in the season to be doing such things, but I feel it may be an indicator of what is yet to come this outdoor season.

The Harvard women broke one official Ivy League record and one unofficial one at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.  Officially, their 4×100 quartet of Ngozi Musa, Jade Miller, Autumne Franklin, and Gabrielle Thomas clocked the fastest time in conference history – 44.85 – to win the event against some speedy Texan competition.  Unofficially, rookie sprinting sensation Thomas ran the fastest 100m time ever by an Ivy Leaguer to win the event.  Unfortunately, her 11.39 time had a wind-aided measurement of +2.5 m/s, so she will top our “wind-aided” record book.  However, her teammate Musa tied the third fastest 100m time in conference history with a  wind-legal 11.66 showing that placed her sixth in the event.  Nikki Okwelogu also improved her best discus performance en route to winning the event with a 177-04 toss, improving her #2 standing in conference history.  Harvard also won the women’s 4×400 relay (3:50.39) and the 400m hurdles (Franklin – 57.79) while also having the runner’s up in the men’s 1,500m (Brandon Price – 3:50.32) and men’s javelin throw (Brett Henderson – 201-10).  Harvard also had one representative at the Shirley Crowe Combined Events meet in Houston over the weekend – Mark Hill finished in eighth place with 6,211 points.

Princeton was represented at two competitions in Florida over this past weekend, and the Tigers had some great showings at both meets.  The Tigers won five events at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa.  Adam Bragg has returned for his final collegiate season after competing as an unattached athlete during this past indoor season.  He won the pole vault with a 17-08 ½ clearance – less than 1 inch away from his outdoor best.  Meghan McMullin and Ally Markovich won their season debuts in the 400m hurdles (61.87) and steeplechase (10:58.23), while Katie Hanss (1500m – 4:30.66) and Ashley Forte (800m – 2:11.62) each led a Princeton 1-2-3 finish in their respective events.  Meanwhile, Allison Harris may not have won the pole vault competition, but her clearance of 13-01 ½ is a new outdoor personal best that puts her in a tie for 5th in the conference recordbooks.  At the Black & Gold Invitational in Orlando on Saturday, rookie Adam Kelly entered the top-10 for the hammer throw with a throw of 209-10 to finish second in the event.  He is now tied for the 10th best thrower in conference history.  The Princeton quartet Charles Volker, Josh Billington, Daniel McCord, and Carrington Akosa won the 4×100 in a time of 40.56.  Princeton’s other event winner at the meet was Ray Mennin, who needed to outlean the competition to claim the win in 47.99.

Dartmouth spent their Spring Break down in South Carolina, where their team participated in the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational.  Rookie Ben Ose won the decathlon in 6,685 points by having the best performances in the hurdles (15.69), discus throw (120-01) and pole vault (14-05 ¼).  Corey Muggler also had a good meet – he won the open 200m in 22.66 and finished fourth in the seeded long jump in 24-01.  Jennifer Meech set a new outdoor best in the 400m to finish 5th in the seeded event (54.63).  Meech also finished 10th in the seeded 200m event with a time of 24.25.  Colin Minor also set a new personal best, finishing third overall and as the second best collegian in the hammer throw with a toss of 199-11.

The weekend highlight was Penn’s Sam Mattis shattering the conference record in the discus throw, qualifying for the Olympic Games with the fourth best throw in NCAA history – 221-03 (you can read more about that here).  Mattis accomplished that feat at the Philadelphia College Classic, hosted by the Quakers in their Franklin Field.  The meet was not scored but the Quakers had fine showings against their local Philadelphia rivals by winning a total of 15 events.  Mattis was the only double winner (discus and shot put).  Four rookies won in their collegiate outdoor debuts – Lance Yassay in the high jump (6-06 ¼), Marin Warner in the 1,500m (4:43.71), Anna Peyton Malizia in the high jump (5-01 ¾), and Nicole Macco in the pole vault (11-05 ¾).  Other event winners were Patrick Hally (1,500m – 3:51.44), Chris Hatler (3km – 8:23.37), Nick Tuck (2km steeplechase – 5:49.07), Sean Ryan (hammer throw – 187-08), and John Li (pole vauilt – 14-05 ¼) for the men; Ella Wurth (800m – 2:12.91), Ashley Montgomery (3km – 9:32.25), Naliah Hill (discus throw – 147-10), and Kelsey Hay (javelin throw – 155-07) for the women.

photo by Jon Chase

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